Report: Nokia Lumia 929, aka Icon, delayed until February due to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia
Nokia stockholders approved the transaction last month, but the deal still needs regulatory approval in the U.S. It is possible that the deal could close before February. And speaking of that month, the same rumor suggests that we will see the first Microsoft branded Lumia models at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, as the Nokia name gets 86'd.
The Nokia Lumia 929 Icon is expected to offer the same high-end specs as seen on the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet. But in place of the huge 6 inch glass, the Icon is expected to carry a 5 inch screen. This will allow for a higher pixel density and a sharper display, and the more pocketable sized phone should become a litmus test revealing how competitive the platform will be in the near future.
source: NokiaPowerUser via WindowsPhoneUser
1. dre786 (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
i like the sound of that just cant wait to see this goody
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5578; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
January, 2014 was bad. February, 2014 probably equals a sales fail.
8. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I do not see how, Doug. If it is the best new phone in town, why wouldn't it get good reviews and good sales? Why wouldn't a good launch and promotion carry it into the Spring selling season? How wouldn't an April/May WP 8.1 upgrade, completely assured on the L1520 & this so long as the innards are the same, not give it another sales bump?
The 5" screen is way more popular then 6" of the L1520, or even the 4.5" screens of the other Lumia's in the L92X line. The hi def screen and the big time Quad core processor and Graphics chip will not be obsolete or anything.
Yeah, they missed the boat on Christmas sales. Tons and tons lost oppotunities. But this isn't a death kneel.
13. Penny (Posts: 1125; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Snow, it might do well on sales, but it will be very short-lived. Every time Verizon gets an exclusive iteration of a Windows Phone that was released the previous year, it maintains a somewhat flagship position for a couple of months. As soon as 8.1 is released, so will the actual NEW Nokia flagships, and probably only to the other carriers if history is any indication.
Verizon's delays with releasing flagship WP phones do not make the device it is releasing any worse, but it always lessens the impact. And if I were a Verizon customer buying the "Icon" flagship with the specs customers on other carriers were already enjoying several months before, I would be very annoyed when a new flagship that trounces mine is released just a couple of months later, again to the other carriers.
20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5578; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
This^^^^! Also, there will be new Android toys announced/released/rumored around February, 2014 that will suck the oxygen away from the L929/Icon/whatever they call it.
24. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I am the only stinking optimist on this board anymore!!!
Heck, I still feel there is room for a good, hi def screened, top hardware, fairly future proof WP 8 phone in the nice 5" screen size sweet spot on Verizon's shelves. I believe it will sell well.
I also believe cats and dogs will live in peace. So shoot me.
25. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
Yer not alone SG. the only thing that will dapen its sales are flex screens & devices.
But I'm really am sick of waiting I'm still riddin the frickin wp7
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7638; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'd be mad if I were a Verizon customer. The 929 probably the best Lumia device next to the 1520 and 1020.
4. AMT85 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
It's not the hardware that's most needed at this point of time in the world of windows phone. What is needed is a really kick-ass 8.1 update.
15. freebee269 (Posts: 517; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
tell us something we don't already know.
5. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
This is a MASSIVE fail for Nokia.
Nokia higher management are a joke!!
I hope Microsoft destroy the Nokia brand!! and give it them back after 10 years worth just 1 dollar.
6. xq10xa (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Jesus...lol. I don't think I have ever wished bad upon a company to fail. I don't really understand what you are trying to say either. You must have been real pissed slamming your hands down on the keyboard.
21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5578; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Carrier exclusives are the massive FAIL. Without an exclusive, MS-Nokia could have released the L929 on the other 3 carriers and started making sales. But with an exclusive, they have said Buh-Bye to this holiday season's sales. Buh-Bye! Buh-Bye!
7. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Of cource! Its MS, 'THE KING OF SLOW!' and it doesn't want anyone to take its tittle. Nokia finally cought up with the compitition, and as a hardware company thats all it had to do. But MS... Mark my word everyone, they will be the biggest fail in mobile history!
10. elitewolverine (Posts: 1292; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
you zero sense here...bet you didnt even read the article cause it was not MS that caused the delay.
12. xq10xa (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
They are actually gaining alot of ground. It is probably not up with the big boys like HTC One, Samsung S4, Note 3, LG G2, Nexus 5........but it competes well with like the lower end to mid range, which is a good profitable market. They should do more prepaid phone options and go to companies like Straight Talk or Net 10. It just seems like their flagship phones don't do as well as their lower end phones. I don't understand Microsoft lately.....it seems like amateurs running the company from the Xbox One game issues, WP8, Windows 8 start button......WHAT'S GOING ON MICROSOFT! CMON
9. seanwhat (Posts: 86; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
microsoft have to poo poo on everything these days don't they.
16. freebee269 (Posts: 517; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
read the article. Microsoft is not the one delaying the release of the phone.
17. papss (unregistered)
Hed rather not and just bash like an moron.
11. jellmoo (Posts: 643; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
What I don't get is why on earth they made the oversized novelty device the multi-carrier worldwide option, and the sanely flagship size model a one carrier in the world exclusive. It defies logic.
14. mclifford81 (Posts: 65; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)
That's too bad it would have been a hit for the Holidays. Now it's just going to live in shadows of everything else that will be announced at MWC.
18. papss (unregistered)
On another note you can get a new 1520 from the m$ store for 449.00 just for today... what a deal... just ordered mine in red.
22. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1046; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I hope that Microsoft is smart enough to make some of it's smart phones come to market on as many carriers as it can to save money in production and advertisement cost. HTC LG, Samsung and Sony as a general rule sell though multi carriers when they bring their Smart phones to market. for instance the Lumia 525 should be sold to all USA carriers when Microsoft takes over Nokia's Devices and Services early next year
23. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
I don't get this sell the phone under the anticipated name with a clause that all handlings will roll over to Microsoft after the 2 companies merge. No big deal or legal issues.