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After weeks of rumors and leaks, Nokia this morning finally confirmed plans to release the Lumia 928 for Verizon Wireless next week. We’re still waiting on the complete specs from Nokia, but the new device is reported to be thinner and lighter than the Lumia 920, addressing one of the major complaints about that earlier device.

Update: The Lumia 928 is 10.2 mm thick, compared to 10.7 mm for the Lumia 920, and 162 grams, compared with 185 grams for the Lumia 920. Full specs for the Lumia 928 are available here.

Apart from that, the device shares a lot in common with the 920, including a 4.5 inch display and an 8.7 megapixel camera. As noted in this Microsoft blog post, Nokia calls it a “new expression” of the 920, with a better flash and other improvements. Like the 920, the Lumia 928 has a polycarbonate body (not aluminum as some sites originally reported).

It’s part of the ongoing effort to make inroads for Microsoft’s Windows Phone among U.S. consumers. The device will debut on Verizon on May 16 for $100 after a $50 rebate.

Here’s the full news release from Nokia.

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