FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia silently announced the Nokia Lumia 928 on Friday, which will be exclusively available on US network Verizon.
Suggesting that it won't be the Nokia Lumia 928 making an appearance at next week's event in London, the announcement reveals that the week's worth of rumours were in fact true, with the Lumia 928 featuring a 4.5in 1280x768 AMOLED touchscreen display, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system and an 8.7MP Pureview camera.
This much-hyped rear camera also boasts Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, a Xenon flash and the ability to capture HD 1080p video, and apparently outdoes its rivals when it comes to low-light photo taking.
"Whether you're attending a party, a concert or a sporting event with friends, the Nokia Lumia 928 excels at capturing high-quality video, audio and blur-free photos of life's most share-worthy moments," said Matt Rothschild, VP of Nokia North America.
The Nokia Lumia 928, which is unlikely to make an appearance here in the UK, also looks to take on Samsung's Galaxy S4 with a number of software features. For example, Nokia has equipped the handset's Clearblack screen with a "super-sensitive" glove mode, and has loaded the handset full of its own applications such as Here maps and Cinemagraph.
Other specifications include a dual-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, support for wireless charging, 32GB of internal storage and a 2,000mAh battery. The handset is more conservatively designed than Nokia's Lumia 920, as it will come in just black and white flavours.
The Nokia Lumia 928 will be available on the Verizon network in the US from 16 May, although full pricing details are yet to be revealed. µ