Rumors have been in the air about the long-awaited Nokia Lumia 929 ‘Icon’, and finally, multiple sources have confirmed its existence. Major US carrier Verizon had listed the Nokia Lumia 929 on their website as the Nokia Lumia ‘Icon’ with a listed price of USD $777. Though no Windows Phones were expected to be unveiled at the CES 2014, a case for a ‘Nokia Lumia Icon’ was spotted at the Incipio booth, further confirming suspicions about the phone’s existence. The 5-inch 1080p display is said to be a chip off the old (well, new) 1520 block. The Icon’s confirmed specifications include the same 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and Adreno 330 GPU as the 1520 with LTE capability, and the standard sensors and bells and whistles that come in many high-end smartphones these days.
However, that is where their major similarities end. While the 1520 sports an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, the Icon will rock an AMOLED one, both boasting Nokia’s ClearBlack display. We were excited to see Nokia moving to LCD for their flagships, considering the poor colour reproduction of AMOLED ones, but it has been hard to predict their next choice. This is considering that the 920 came with LCD, the 1020 with AMOLED, followed by the AMOLED 925 and 928 and LCD 1520 and 1320. Looking at the various reports though, we can be sure that the 929 will have an AMOLED display.
With the ClearBlack technology, the polarizing layers ensure great viewing even under direct sunlight, another plus point to those who live where the sun is really bright.
The Icon also packs a 2510 mAh battery, with a 20 megapixel rear-mounted PureView camera (with OIS probably) and a (we think) standard 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. Along with Bluetooth 4.0 and a dual LED flash among other confirmed specifications, this phone is certainly a treat worth looking forward to. Also what should be accompanying it looking at the 925 and 1520, is 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of non-expandable storage. It is still possible for Nokia to decide to slap in a micro-SD card slot.
Whether it will be released outside of the US as the Nokia Lumia 929 is anyone’s guess at this point, but it would be no surprise if it didn’t, considering Nokia having made previous custom devices for the US carrier alone.
Rumors point to January 16th as the release date for this device, but without anything concrete as of yet, WP lovers and others following this very closely may have to wait till a later date for any more information about this device.