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Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon is finally announced

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Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon is finally announced
We've heard the rumors, we've seen the leaks, and now it is time for us to finally welcome the newest member of the Lumia family – the long-anticipated Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon. Yup, in case you're wondering, that is the same handset that has been popping up from here and there over the past few months under the presumably scrapped Lumia 929 moniker, and the rumor mill did a great job at spoiling the surprise for us. But nevertheless, perhaps the wait for the Lumia Icon was worth it. 

One of the peculiar things about the Nokia Lumia Icon is that it sports a premium, metal-made chassis, unlike most other Lumias and most other high-end smartphones, for that matter. The back of the device, however, is made of polycarbonate, which is a lot more common among Nokia's smartphones. At 166 grams, the Icon is one weighty handset, and with a thickness of 0.39 inches (9.9 mm) it is far from the slimmest phone around. The power and volume keys are positioned on the Icon's right side in a typical Lumia fashion, along with the mandatory camera shutter.

The 5-inch OLED display on the Nokia Lumia Icon is one of the phone's several selling points. It offers a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, resulting in a typical for a high-end handset PPI figure of 441 pixels per inch. That the touchscreen has super-sensitive properties doesn't come as a surprise – in other words, you'll be able to operate it with a pen, a fingernail, or even through a glove. Nokia's ClearBlack tech has been implemented for improved outdoor visibility. A protective layer of curved Gorilla Glass 3 covers the handset's front.

Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon is finally announced
Processing power is delivered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC, which means that we should be expecting the Nokia Lumia Icon to be a flawless performer, especially when it is backed by 2GB of RAM. Up to 32GB of storage space (actual capacity will be less) are available on the Icon for all your music, documents, photos, and videos.

And speaking of photos and videos, one of the highlights of the Nokia Lumia Icon is its 20MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization, ZEISS optics, double LED flash, and plenty of manual controls offered by the pre-loaded Nokia Camera app. The snapper is, presumably, identical to the one found on the Lumia 1520, which is great news for the latter takes awesome pictures. The Nokia Lumia Icon can be set to save two files for each shot – a full-res 19MP image for cropping or editing and a scaled down 5MP image of size that is ideal for sharing online. Photography aces would be glad to know that the smartphone can also save in RAW (DNG) format for further post-processing. 

Videos taken with the Nokia Lumia Icon should look and sound outstanding as well. Thanks to its four built-in microphones, the smartphone can capture high-quality audio even at very high volume levels. Nokia's software takes advantage of the sensor's large size by enabling pixelation-free zoom of up to 3x while recording videos. 

Further specs for the Nokia Lumia Icon include a non-swappable 2420mAh battery, built-in wireless charging, and FM radio. You get NFC as well thanks to the secure element embedded in the phone's Nano SIM card. 

Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon is finally announced
On the software side of things, the Nokia Lumia Icon will ship with Windows Phone 8 GDR 3, and the Lumia Black update will be pre-loaded. These bring extra space for even more live tiles on the home screen, a smoother multitasking experience, screen orientation lock, driving mode, and more. 

Naturally, there's a whole bunch of goodies thrown on the Lumia Icon by Nokia itself, from the splendid Nokia Here app with free turn-by-turn navigation and offline maps to the Nokia Mix streaming radio service that lets you store up to 12 hours of sweet tunes on your smartphone. Furthermore, there's Nokia Cinemagraph for making animated GIFs and Nokia Beamer for sharing your phone's screen through a web browser.  

The Nokia Lumia Icon will be available in the US via Verizon for $199.99 on a 2-year contract. It is scheduled to launch on February 20 and you can already pre-order one at a retail Microsoft store. If you grab one from Microsoft by March 16, you'll also get a free Nokia Wireless charger.



source: Nokia, Windows Phone Blog

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posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:04 2

1. Kishin (Posts: 620; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Beautiful, Verizon has to stop with the Logo.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:07 3

2. gigantos (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


Awesome, but should have been released 2 months ago...

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:16 2

3. PolishHitta (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Seriously? two months late? Does your kind always find something to complain about? The phone would have come out two months ago and you would have said "should have been released 3 days ago"

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:53 1

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2427; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It's not like he's completely off the mark here. The 1520 released with the same specs 3 months ago. I'm not saying that makes this phone useless because it's obviously still a very capable flagship phone, but what he's saying is true. The same happened with the 925 & 928 on our shores after AT&T's exclusivity agreements. No reason why devices like this shouldn't see less staggered release dates. Nokia needs to tighten that up.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 21:59

31. gigantos (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


I mean, before last shopping season, there were a lot of rumors about this Lumia 929 coming, but it missed the occasion. And GDDR3 was available with the release of 1520 which has same specs, why 929 delayed?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:19 1

5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Try 6 months ago ...... !!!

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:16 3

4. a_merryman (Posts: 688; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


God that thing is sexy, definitely the best windows phone currently out.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 15:02

20. jroc74 (Posts: 5042; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yes...I wasnt feeling the other Nokia WP phones...this one....I would be seriously tempted to get.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 18:01

27. a_merryman (Posts: 688; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


This took the best bits of all the other lumias and threw it into the same phone with a 1080p display and a snapdragon 800...what isn't to love. It will just get better when 8.1 comes out.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 22:51

32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5878; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Out of curiosity, how do the WP8 users post on PA? I have been testing the L1520 (which is supposed to have the same OS release level as the Icon), and using IE on the 1520 to post on PA is basically an exercise in frustration. It is possible to post a new comment, but if you want to reply to an existing comment, IE wants nothing to do with the exercise.

I was thinking about using one of my upgrades when the Icon started to ship, but not with the limitations I am experiencing with the 1520. If there is a way around the refusal to post on an existing comment, I would really appreciate learning about it.

BTW, this is not a troll post.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 09:32 1

37. a_merryman (Posts: 688; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I have no idea, I'm on Sprint which hasn't had any good WP8 phones released on it. So I have an iPhone currently instead, plus I dont bother commenting on sites unless I'm on my desktop or laptop...I find it too much of a bother otherwise, iOS or Android.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 15:59

38. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5878; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Well, that is one of the benefits of both Android and iOS - more capable browsers. Dolphin on iOS allows for clicking the Reply button on PA and saving a reply. Same goes for Dolphin on Android v. 4.2.2 through 4.4 on my Maxx.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 17:02

39. a_merryman (Posts: 688; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Do they not have the Dolphin browser on WP8?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:17

40. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5878; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I haven't found it on the App Store. My test drive of WP8 is getting more frustrating by the minute. The only real advantage I have found is the camera, but you better get your shot right the first time. Shot-to-shot, iP5 owns it (even my Maxx and Note 2 are quicker).

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:20 1

6. jaxson983 (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


I would buy it if it were smaller. Too big for my pocket. Here's to hoping for a smaller model with similar specs.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:50

23. Bioload25 (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Thats what they did with the 1520,shrinked it down into this
AND this one is still far too big for some users
A good idea would be make it 4.3 720p display so it can take a market share from sony's Z1 compact

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 18:11

28. jaxson983 (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


Yeah 4.3 or 4.5 would be perfect

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:39 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8717; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Why does it look really thick...?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:01 2

10. Feanor (Posts: 311; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I am tired of saying; with this size of camera sensor is either Z1 -size bezels in a thin body (camera sensor above the screen), or Icon thickness (camera module behind the screen nd thicker body). There are no magical solutions... that also for the pointless, tiring bezel talks.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:07 1

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8717; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Then stop saying the same thing? The 1520 does not look this thick yet it's bigger and sports the same camera sensor. So....

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:13 1

13. Beijendorf (Posts: 318; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


The 1520 is also a considerably bigger phone, giving the manufacturer a larger volume to fit battery, wireless charging coils, SoC, etc.

It's a mere millimeter thicker than the 1520, so I don't think any complaint is warranted.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:16

14. Feanor (Posts: 311; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


That's because the so-called-8.5mm thin 1520 has a 1.5mm camera bulge? ...Maybe?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:22 1

15. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2047; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The Lumia 1520's camera sticks out a bit if you've seen the phone, and the Icon is flat at the back. Hence, its a smidgen thicker.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 17:46

26. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


+1 personally I love the design of this phone more than the 1520.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:58

9. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


It looks pretty thick to me too...

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 17:01

25. Bioload25 (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Its not thick,It has pretty sharp corners and boxy looks
Not to mention that a thick device is a better fit to your palm and is easier to take from a table

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:08 2

12. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 149; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If anybody thinks 39mm is thick, they need their head examined. You can't get a good camera sensor without depth (thickness).

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:30

17. networkdood (Posts: 6281; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


It is about 1.5 inches - thick by today's standards - I remember the TILT 8925 - that sucker was thicker....

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:29

16. networkdood (Posts: 6281; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If I were to switch to a Windows phone, I would get this - but I would need a 6 inch version and I would never go back to Verizon and get ripped off each month on their service....

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:36 1

18. shyguy3763 (Posts: 48; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


God,stop with the exclusives,give this to Sprint and T-Moblie damn it!

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:47

19. -box- (Posts: 3826; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Why why why does Verizon insist on taking Nokia's beautiful design and hardware and trying to make it as blocky, chunky, and heavy as possible? 822, 928, 929 Icon, all were sorely lacking in the design department. At least the 928 got a Xenon flash out of it. Yeesh. Don't even get me started on the logos...

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 15:51

21. cripton805 (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


They cant just give the full package. Why leave out micro sd and usb 3.0??? I mean cmon. There's always something they want to leave out... USB 3.0 should be standard now on all high end everything. Dont get me wrong, the specs are still finally on par with the other high end phones.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:41

22. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


A full HD OLED?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:51 1

24. Bioload25 (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Thats what is written ;)

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 21:02

29. SonyPS4 (Posts: 256; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Battery seems quite small. Overall very impressive smartphone.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 21:40

30. orielwindow (Posts: 94; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)


No expandable memory and no Glance screen? Pass.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 00:02

33. Mohammad_Abu-Shukur (Posts: 21; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


Is it coming worldwide soon?
or....

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 03:58

35. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


It's a little thick,but nothing problematic.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 03:59

36. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Hope it's under 50000 in India.

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