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Colour us surprised, but not so. Nokia has announced the Lumia 928, which will be heading to Verizon and will be available May 16th. According to a post over on Nokia Conversations, we're looking at a new flagship Windows Phone from Nokia that confirms previous rumoured specifications. Pricing for the Lumia 928 will be $99.99 after a $50 main-in-rebate, when taken out with a two-year contract. 

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We’re getting a few reports in today that Verizon has begun rolling out some tiny firmware updates for their HTC 8x and Lumia 822 smartphones.  Indeed we fired up an 822 to be greeted with a small update that took less than 5 minutes to install.

So what’s news? Well, this appears to be a very, very small update meant to be a quick fix for some nagging issues. We say that only because your radio, firmware and OS versions will not change with these updates. That tells us that this is basically a firmware patch of some sorts, meant more for tweaks than new features.

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According to two unnamed sources, Bloomberg is reporting that Verizon will start selling the Nokia Lumia 928 next month. This comes shortly after earlier whispers that Big Red's version of the Lumia 920 would be officially announced on April 25, which seem to fall in line with Bloomberg's findings. Perhaps that ratchets our 5 on the Rum-o-meter up to a 6 or maybe even a 7.

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Last morning/night/afternoon (depends on where you are, it was about 15 hours ago) we showed you all sides of the upcoming Nokia Lumia 928. It’s destined for Verizon Wireless here in the States. A few people commented about how they’d skip the device if it only came in black. This is Nokia, do you really think there would be just one color? We now have the same render from last night, but in white/silver color.

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We've seen renderings, images and even a video highlighting the screen assembly on the Nokia Lumia 928 that is destined for Verizon. We are now hearing rumors that Nokia will officially announce the Lumia 928 on April 25th with availability in stores a few weeks later.

The Lumia 928 is expected to sport a 4.5" Super AMOLED screen and an 8.7MP OIS Pureview camera. Basically, a lighter, slightly redesigned version of the Lumia 920.

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We've followed the Lumia 928 fairly closely, with multiple images being leaked showing different variants and revealing more features of the upcoming Windows Phone. Now an Amazon-based merchant has published an accessory for the yet-to-arrive smartphone. The case is pictured alongside what appears to be the Lumia 920, but the rear shows hole configurations that will cater for both the Xenon flash and speaker that's found on the Lumia 928 renders.

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Although we have no idea what it actually looks like, the Lumia 928 and its camera are sure getting a work out. Yesterday we saw numerous photos leak that were taken with the 8.7MP camera (and even front-facing one) and today from the same source we evidently have more.

We say evidently because some of these photos are missing EXIF information, the crucial data that is embedded in each photo, often revealing the device name, lens, f-stop, etc.; having said that it’s clear that these photos are from the same day as the previously verified photos, so it’s a safe assumption that this is part of a set.

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It’s hard to get that excited for the Lumia 928 considering how little we actually know, but one thing is for certain: it should have an 8.7MP OIS PureView camera on board a lighter, thinner phone, giving those on Verizon something to brag about.

Earlier today, a single sample shot taken of a beer was posted online by a Nokia employee (and then it was quickly removed) and now two more photos have been found on Flickr by The Nokia Blog (with verified EXIF data)..

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Things are starting to heat for Verizon users as more and more information is coming out about the ‘Laser’ Lumia 928, an updated version of the Lumia 920. In our forums, an employee of Verizon (‘Honestabebread’) posted that “Easter time” was the release window for this phone, and now the Verge is claiming that the phone is coming in April.

The phone will reportedly feature an aluminum body (versus the current polycarbonate) and as a result be thinner and lighter than the current 920. In addition, the flash will be upgrade to a xenon-LED flash combo. Other features include a 4.5-inch OLED display and support for simultaneous voice and LTE (SVLTE) with a look more resembling a Lumia 720 (squared) than the current 920.

The Lumia 928 passed through the FCC way back in February, meaning the device should be cleared for release soon.

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According to an alleged screenshot from Verizon’s internal systems, Nokia’s new variant of the Lumia 920 for Verizon will get the designation of 928. What’s more, the information has been listed in Verizon’s system with a January release, indicating that perhaps this device was delayed a bit with internal testing.

Indeed we recently did catch a Lumia variant heading through the FCC a few weeks ago and the reported device codename is ‘Laser’. Not much is known about the device except that it may have an aluminum body to help reduce the size and that a big marketing push may be accompanied by its launch.

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Good news for those on Verizon sporting the Nokia Lumia 822 and who were wondering when your OS update was coming. We are told that update is now live for your device, boosting the OS to version 10211 in addition to adding new firmware to the mix. The rollout began at 10am PT/1PM ET.

Build 10211 of Windows Phone 8 aka ‘Portico’ adds all sorts of smaller but essential new features to the OS, including persistent Wi-Fi, SMS call reject, multiple inbox deletions for text messages, stability improvements and more...

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Good news for those on Verizon who have anxiously awaited that ‘Portico’ OS update as not only do you get those new features, but evidently Big Red has given you some many unique fixes too.

The new features and improvements come with the radio/firmware portion of the update, which is an additional layer that brings some carrier-side requested fixes. 

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