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Verizon's Nokia Lumia Icon (929) seems to be on sale in China, no announcement in sight

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Verizon's Nokia Lumia Icon (929) seems to be on sale in China, no announcement in sight
Although it briefly appeared at Verizon’s website earlier this month, the Nokia Lumia Icon 929 is still an unannounced smartphone. Surprisingly, it looks like it’s already being sold in China via the country’s largest online retailer, Taobao.

The seller seemingly has several Lumia Icon units, all “imported”, and asks $628 (3,800 CNY) for each. Around $600 is probably close to what Verizon will ask for the new handset sans contract.

The Lumia 929 Icon is the successor to Verizon’s Nokia Lumia 928. It’s Nokia’s second Windows Phone 8 device to come with a 1080p display, after the larger Lumia 1520 (released at the end of last year). As we told you before, the Icon’s 1080p screen is a 5-inch one. Other features include LTE connectivity, a 20MP PureView rear camera, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board memory, and a 2,420 mAh battery.

Until we hear something official about the Lumia Icon 929 - from either Nokia, or Verizon - the photos included below offer a good glimpse on what to expect from the handset (there’s a protective foil on the back of it, in case you’re wondering why it looks like that).


source: Taobao (translated) via Win8China (translated), Nokiapoweruser

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posted on 19 Jan 2014, 11:14 3

1. aranauser (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Beauty beast

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:30 2

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This is the perfect device for the majority❕
Awesome software combined with awesome hardware at a great price
= perfection...

That is if you like WP, of course...... I just happen to love WP, so it's all good❕❕

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 19:06 1

30. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Elop's hot tub needs a good cleaning, especially after the all-male orgy held last night.

Get on it.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 21:24

33. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Junior high❔... Lol❕ What's that supposed to do to me❔. Wow❕

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 11:15 1

2. SandraB (banned) (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Nokia=ms dont do so well in China.

I think that the Chinese manufacturers are sour on microsoft
then nokia will not have to pay licenses and Chinese manufacturers are forced by microsoft

I wonder how microsoft solve the licenses and make it fair against the Chinese manufacturers.

All manufacturers make their phones in China today, Oppo, Nokia, Sony, LG, ZTE

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:32

19. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That might be the smartest thing you've ever said on PA... Good point❕

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 11:18 4

3. kotan24 (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Beautiful device indeed, shame the os :( (bummer)

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 12:20 4

9. ihavenoname (Posts: 1444; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Same thing, shame the OS. Hopely hardware quality stays the same after M$ deal.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 12:42 6

12. Liveitup (Posts: 1350; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


What?, stop the hating, WP is a more beautiful, stable, integrated OS than Android and iOS, because Android is open sourced does not make it better than WP, it just makes it a different variety, all hail choices. You guys are such haters, if it was not for Windows Phone Android and iOS would not have gone with Flat UI, as someone who has used all these platforms over the years I find WP superior to either Android or iOS, the app gap is shrinking.

WP Modern UI has redefined design language from websites, apps and platforms in general, show some respect your favorite smartphone whether it be running Android Kitkat 4.4 and iOS 7 largely owes their looks and deep integration to WP.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 13:16 5

14. ihavenoname (Posts: 1444; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Hmm... Beautiful is question of taste, I haven't noticed crashing or lag on my Note 3 and integrated, what, you mean Office or what? There is thing called Google Drive, and Quickoffice. "All hail choices", yes we prefer Android. Enjoy your phone, we enjoy ours. And this is not hating, just opinion on phone.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:52

25. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yeah, but don't you think it's kinda rude to say how you hate WP on every WP related article❔ We get it by now... You've made your point...

How would you react if I downed on Android on every Android related article❔ How would I look❔ Why would I even be there❔ Go look back a tell me how many Android specific articles you've seen me on doing that...
How many WP related articles have you done that on❔ Everyone❕... How do you look now❔

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:37

20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕.. Not shame on the OS.. YOU just don't like it, but there's nothing wrong with WP.. Simple solution❔ Go with another platform....

Actually, how much time have you ever spent with WP8❔ We're on WP8-3black now.. This ain't 7.0.. Lol..
I bet you're not even sure if you like it or not, and you're just repeating the typical old comment that you're used to hearing... You should think for yourself, and don't follow the crowd... You're better that that, right❔

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 11:20 1

4. SandraB (banned) (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Why so big bezelz nokia ? you can do better :)

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 11:26 2

5. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I want an all aluminium Lumia, like the iPhone 5, i don't like Apple, just saying that i love clean and aluminium phones .... If this phone was aluminium on the back it would be so epic ... And come on Microsoft you have to be faster, soon iOS 8 will launch and Android 4.5/5 and you have only brought us Windows Phone 8.1 -_- Way to slooooooowwww

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 15:59 4

17. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


You wouldn't say like the iPhone. You should say like the N8. N8 is the phone looks gorgeous and heavy durable.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 18:05 1

26. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Yes true, but i meant something very classy, like the iPhone for most of the people is .... I was also thinking why Nokia/Microsoft couldn't get a device with monster specs and wireless charging in a thin chell like the iPhone, i know that is hard but come on it is not impossible :(

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:43 1

21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


True, true... It has been said by the WP team that after 8.1 the update cycle will return to the normal 12 month course...

This time around "Cortana" is holding things up.. 8.1, and Cortana, is currently going through at home testing with employees family members, so that says that the OS Is pretty much complete at this time, and that it's going through "refinement"

http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-and-coming-of-cortana-voice

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 18:12

27. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I hope so :( But there was a while ago a leaked picture where you saw the homescreen, right an improved app list, above you saw a notification centre, below there was writtin " i am hot and i know everything" if i'm not mistaken and at the left you saw "don't peek" ... Do you think it was a legit picture or a fake one? Because i'm wondering what that "don't peek" should mean .... Very exciting to know what Microsoft will do with that ...

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 18:19

28. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I meant this picture :p

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/96218-image/A-more-cryptic-looking-screenshot.-The-leakster-is-actually-trying-to-show-what-swiping-updown-and-leftright-will-do-in-WP-8.1.-Swiping-to-the-left--Dont-Peek-for-example-transitions-to-a-Me-quick-share-settings-personalize-according-to-the-leakster..jpg

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 18:47

29. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I missed that one.. I don't know what the heck that is.. Not sure, but that's something Nokia did...

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 11:33 5

6. papss (unregistered)


Beautiful device and the best OS..what a combo. Vzn needs to get on the move right away

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 11:33 4

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


Wp is a deal breaker for me, I just can't cope with tiles, widgets are way better.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 12:44

13. Liveitup (Posts: 1350; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I guess you won't be buying any of Samsung newest products see as to how they are all Tiles now.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 13:18 3

15. ihavenoname (Posts: 1444; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


It seems that they are only going to use it on tablets. And ever heard of replacement launchers (Apex/Nova/Go etc.)?

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:46

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Why can't you cope with tiles❔
Honest question..
And, why are widgets better❔ They're not available for every single app in the Google store,,, or am I wrong about that❔

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 12:16 2

8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1444; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Only if Nokia Normandy had specs/hardware like this... 100% impossible, would be total bloodpath to Windows Phone.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 12:33 1

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5871; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


How does a VZW-branded phone get sold in China (or, anywhere outside of the U.S.)? Does the L929 have global GSM support?

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 14:38 2

16. Florin.T (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Yes, it appears that it does have global GSM and HSDPA support. Just like the older Lumia 928.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:47

23. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I know, right❔❔❔

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 12:34 1

11. GoBears (Posts: 366; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I have the 928 as a backup phone when I need to take a lot of good photos. One of my favorite things about it was the xenon flash and the colors it produced. I can't believe they got rid of that!

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:47

24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I know, right❔❔❔

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 20:13

32. Rockbottom (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


I do the same thing. I take my 928 out on the town when I go out, and leave my Note 3 at home. I sense people are more akin to stealing my Samsung than my Nokia but i take more pictures with my Nokia than my Samsung.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 20:12

31. Rockbottom (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


I really liked my 928. I'm kind of jazzed for this device.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 22:07

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


It's just my personal opinion @rodneyej1, I like android better because of it's rich customization options. Anyway, let's not turn it into a fanboy war.
Btw, you're a wp user, aren't you?

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:41

35. bakarock (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


WTF with the 2,420 mAh battery... SHOULD be the same as L1520 as a high end device..

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