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February 20th launch for the Nokia Icon?

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February 20th launch for the Nokia Icon?
Thanks to a number of delays, there is now a big pent-up demand for the Nokia Lumia Icon, a Windows Phone exclusive for Verizon. With roughly the same high-end specs that you'd find on the Samsung Galaxy S4, and a 5 inch screen to boot, Nokia has a phone that can challenge the current crop of high end Android handsets. Back in December, we told you that Verizon's desire to deal with just Microsoft in discussing marketing of the device, had delayed the launch until February. Microsoft, as you know, is acquiring the Devices and Services arm of Nokia and Big Red did not want to run into a confusing maze in deciding which firm it should talk to when it needs to discuss things like marketing of the phone.

Now, a leaked inventory listing for Verizon shows the white and black versions of the Nokia Lumia Icon arriving on February 19th, with accessories coming the next day. A published report on Saturday says that pre-orders for the phone will begin at Microsoft Stores this Wednesday, February 12th. Reserving a unit will require a $50 deposit.

The Nokia Lumia Icon will be equipped with a 5 inch AMOLED screen with resolution of 1080 x 1920. A quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 is under the hood, with 2GB of RAM on board and 32GB of internal storage. A 20MP PureView camera with dual-flash graces the back of the handset, which is powered by a 2510mAh cell. The device will have Windows Phone update 3, with Lumia Black, pre-installed.

Verizon supposedly asked Nokia to brand the phone, which is how the handset became the Nokia Lumia Icon instead of the Nokia Lumia 929. The other day we showed you a video teaser from Nokia that simply showed the printed sentence "See and hear what you've been missing," which is the exact same line used on the Nokia Lumia Icon listing that accidentally was posted on Verizon's site before being taken down by the carrier.

Leaked inventory listing shows the Nokia Lumia Icon

Leaked inventory listing shows the Nokia Lumia Icon


source: WPCentral

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posted on 09 Feb 2014, 11:41 3

1. corporateJP (Posts: 1511; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Nice phone, too bad it's on the greediest carrier.

Because of that, it's an "easy pass"...

On a side note, I wonder how many "Verizon" logos they can jam all over this thing...terrible.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 12:18 1

2. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1662; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


What about an international version?

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 13:08 2

10. akki20892 (Posts: 3231; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Wait for 1820. This is an international version and next nokia's flagship. 928 is just for Verizon as a high end.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 12:29

3. Liveitup (Posts: 830; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Nice device, really wanna try out those extra column of tiles.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 14:22 1

12. bigdawg23 (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Yeah it would be nice, I have a 1020 and another column would be sweet..

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 15:21

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


They are great.. It really brings everything to the top of the start screen, and leads to much less scrolling... This is the way WP should've been from the beginning... The OS really has come a long way... Can't wait for 8.1-1xxxx

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 12:34 4

4. Commentator (Posts: 2291; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"With the same high-end specs that you'd find on the Samsung Galaxy S..."

When last I looked, the S4 doesn't have a Snapdragon 800.

Also, when last I looked, Theoden, not Aragorn, was king of Rohan.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 12:41 2

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1236; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Actually, GS4 4G+ edition does have Snapdragon 800. I'm not sure if it's sold everywhere, but at least here in Finland.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 12:42 6

7. Alan01 (Posts: 170; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


That wasn't written to say there was a 100% match between the two phones. I inserted the word "roughly" to indicate this. The point is that both are high end models and for the first time, Windows Phone is playing on a level playing field with Android.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 13:04 3

8. Commentator (Posts: 2291; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The sentiment is appreciated, but I can imagine a few WP fans that take offense to this: on paper, the Icon thoroughly beats the S4, so to merely say they're roughly the same is an insult. A more apt opponent would be the G2, Xperia Z1(S), or Nexus 5.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 13:07

9. Commentator (Posts: 2291; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


(Nice use of the passive voice, me!)

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 13:36 1

11. jellmoo (Posts: 614; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


*For the second time.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 15:19

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That sounds right.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 12:39 3

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1236; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Too bad it's coming fairly same time with GS5. Even if it comes before it, it's very soon forgotten when everybody is talking about GS5. And it's Verizon only.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 15:18

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3208; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This is gonna be a great device... Great hardware, and great software, on the largest carrier in the US... It's about time..
Very nice option for consumers..

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 17:24 1

17. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


The fate of this device will be that of the 928...a failure.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:54

21. pixel8or (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


I think you may be right, but mostly because it took them too long to market. Been waiting for this phone for 3 months at least, but I may be jumping ship to ATT anyway, so it's now moot for me.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 19:42

18. HarryWild (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


To bad Verizon chose this 929 to be the exclusive phone for the U.S. It is the best of all Nokia Windows Phones and it had to go to the crappest U.S. carrier. Cannot believe it! Now I am going to look for something else.

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 20:09

19. jphillips63 (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Alan,

You're wrong on the choice of yo g version sat back and waited on this acquisition between Nokia and MS to finalize there deal before pursuing the rights to this phone. Please get your facts straight before making such remarks. Also your reporting is. Bit late as this was known two days ago of the Feb 20th release date. The quality of reporting has gone down hill tremendously on this site, maybe you guys would be better off sticking to reporting actual on hand facts as you hold the device instead of spreading and reporting false claims.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:28

20. PhantomSectre (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Sep 2011)


Not a fan of Nokia Lumia phones. Had a 920 and a 925... both had overheating problems and the 925 would lose signal as soon as you pick it up. Windows app selection is just abysmal. I'll stick with my Mi-3 and MIUI, thank you.

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