Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told investors yesterday that "later this quarter, a new Lumia device is anticipated to have hero status with a leading US carrier". Despite his coy wording, he might as well have just spilt the beans entirely - the new device to which he's referring is of course the Lumia 928, and the carrier is Verizon, which will soon be announcing the flagship Windows Phone, possibly as early as next week.
The 928 is a variant of the top-of-the-range Lumia 920, which is currently available on AT&T in the US and on other carriers across the globe. It's believed to be slightly thinner and lighter than the 920, with a Super AMOLED display, and a Xenon flash in place of the LED found on its sibling; the rest of its specs are expected to be broadly in line with the 920.
Perhaps confirming its imminent launch, a press picture of the Lumia 928 today leaked on Twitter, via the usually reliable @evleaks account. The image reveals for the first time the profile of the new handset, and it certainly looks like a bit of a chunky beast.
This latest render also reveals a minor design change on the rear brand-plate, which now features larger Carl Zeiss and PureView branding compared with an earlier render of the handset. The layout of the tiles that Nokia has apparently chosen to feature on the press image has also been revised, with Nokia Drive+ and Nokia Music removed, and HERE Maps, ESPN and The Weather Channel added, along with a large, prominent placement for the Xbox Games Hub.
The launch of the Lumia 928 will "mark the beginning of a season of new product introductions", according to Nokia's CEO. Two devices on the horizon are the 'EOS', a new flagship featuring a high-end PureView camera and possibly a quad-core chipset; and the 'Catwalk', a thin and light handset with an aluminium body, revealed in images which leaked this week.
Source and image: @evleaks