Report: Nokia Lumia 929, aka Icon, delayed until February due to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia

Report: Nokia Lumia 929, aka Icon, delayed until February due to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia
Earlier this week, we passed along a report that revealed a January 16th launch date for the Nokia Lumia 929. The Verizon exclusive, rumored to be called the Nokia Icon, could have its launch pushed back to February according to the latest speculation. It seems that Verizon wants to directly deal with Microsoft and wants to wait for the latter's purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services division to close. According to the rumor, Big Red wants to communicate with just one company when it comes to deciding the best way to market the phone.

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

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Lumia Icon
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2420 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8

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25 Comments

23. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

22. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

19. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Nokia gone :(

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.

14. mclifford81

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 26, 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.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

9. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

microsoft have to poo poo on everything these days don't they.

16. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

7. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 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: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

you zero sense here...bet you didnt even read the article cause it was not MS that caused the delay.

12. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 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

5. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 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: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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!

4. AMT85

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 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: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

tell us something we don't already know.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'd be mad if I were a Verizon customer. The 929 probably the best Lumia device next to the 1520 and 1020.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

January, 2014 was bad. February, 2014 probably equals a sales fail.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 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. I hope...

13. Penny

Posts: 1876; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 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: Jun 26, 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

1. dre786

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

i like the sound of that just cant wait to see this goody

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