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Nokia Lumia 928 vs Nokia Lumia 920 – What’s the difference?

Nokia’s new Lumia 928 may seem a surprising addition to some – the phone looks and appears on the surface to be very similar to the current flagship Lumia 920. So what does that 8 in the model number entail, exactly? What’s the difference between the Lumia 928 and the Lumia 920?

Well, although it may not seem like there’s much difference on the surface, there are a number of differences between the two that you’ll need to know about before looking to buy a Nokia Lumia phone.

The Lumia 928 lasts longer

Nokia is pleased to boast a better battery life in its new smartphone. Whilst we’re currently unsure whether the Lumia 928 actually has a bigger battery, we know for certain it offers 16.2 hours of talk time compared to the 920’s 10.8. This is a huge improvement and should see the overall battery life much improved. The standby life of the 928 is 541 hours, compared to the 920’s 460 hours.

The Lumia 928 is lighter

One of the main gripes with the Lumia 920 is its weight – the thing is like a tank compared to most other smartphones out there. Nokia has managed to shave some weight off the Lumia 920’s hefty 185g, with the Lumia 928 weighing in at 162g. The new model is also 3mm longer and 1.9mm thinner, with a slightly more squared frame.

Nokia has gone OLED

Both models feature the same screen size – that’s 4.5-inches – but Nokia has switched to an OLED screen panel for the Lumia 928. This should help with the better battery life we mentioned above, but typically OLED screens offer a more natural colour range and better viewing angles. All in all, the Lumia 928 looks to have a better screen.

Xenon flash > LED flash

Whilst the camera itself remains the same – a 8.7 megapixel PureView sensor with OIS – Nokia has changed the flash to make the Lumia 928 even better at taking pictures in low light. Gone is the LED flash, and in its place a much brighter, whiter Xenon flash.

An extra microphone

Nokia went big on the quality of sound in video recordings on the Lumia 920, and with the 928 it’s gone one better. You now have a trio of High Audio Amplitude Capture (HAAC) which should provide great clarity and detail when it comes to High Definition video captured using the phone’s rear camera.


If you love Lumia for the range of bright colours, the Lumia 928 might not be for you. For some unknown reason Nokia has ditched the reds, greens and yellows and only created black and white versions of its latest phone.

More noise

The external speaker on the rear of the phone has received a makeover to improve volume and clarity – perfect for watching video clips or using your phone as a portable speaker for tunes.

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