Nokia Lumia Icon: Preorder next week, due to land on Verizon February 20th

With yesterday’s all but obvious teaser for the Lumia Icon – otherwise known as the Lumia 929 – you would suspect that a launch date and announcement wouldn’t be too far off from now. Granted, expected dates have come and gone in the past, but now that Verizon stores are receiving inventory for accessories and Nokia US is tossing up videos, we’re much more confident this time around.

The latest intel has the Lumia Icon due for availability on Thursday, February 20th. Verizon traditionally launches new devices on that day of the week, so that lines up with expectations. It also matches anticipations that this device will come out before Mobile World Congress (so don’t expect it to be announced there).  

Even more, we’re hearing that the Icon will go on pre-order at Microsoft Stores on Wednesday, February 12th, with a $50 deposit, making an official announcement from Verizon by early next week very likely.

Inventory (Click to enlarge)

The information and confirmation comes via in-store inventory listings, seen above. We’ve witnessed such proof in the past, only to have Verizon push the date back. In theory, that could happen here, but as mentioned earlier, in-store inventory and promotions have already begun, making it less likely.

The Lumia Icon, previously known as the Lumia 929, sports some very impressive specifications. In fact, it’s all but the Lumia 1520 in a smaller package. Coming in Black or White, the new Verizon flagship will sport the following features:

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon

  • Windows Phone 8 Update 3, Lumia Black
  • 5” 1080P AMOLED Display
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • 32 GB internal Storage
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 20 MP PureView camera with dual LED flash
  • Qi-Wireless charging
  • 2510 mAh battery
  • 880 hours Standby; 13.83 hours Talk Time
  • Dimensions: 5.37 in (H): 2.81 in (W): 0.41 in

All in all, it’s the spitting image of the Lumia 928, but with cutting edge hardware jammed into a device that is only slightly taller than its predecessor. The Lumia Icon also sports a metal-frame around the body, greatly improving the feel (and quality) of the device.

The Lumia Icon was previously known as the Lumia 929, but we’ve been told that Verizon requested the marketing re-brand to better differentiate from AT&T and other carriers. This move is similar to their ‘Droid movement when they first adopted Android devices. There’s no evidence though that this will become the norm for future Lumias (or what those will be called under Microsoft).

Yesterday’s teaser video uses the tagline ‘See and hear what you’ve been missing’, which is the same language used on Verizon’s website that accidentally went live a few times, all but confirming the relatedness.

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

184 Comments
  • Nice!  Can't wait for AT&T to come out with a comparable model!  
  • They will give it about 3 weeks to a month, then we will hear about 6 new phones coming out on AT&T with comparible or better specs...that's how it went for WP7 and the 928...
  • True! This phone hasn't been released yet and its already dated.Got tired of waiting and went for a nexus 5. Probably wait till next OS update before getting my 6th WP.
  • I'm close to doing the same.  Even thoug the Icon is now close I may end up waiting and getting a GS5 or the next HTC One.  It really upsets me that this device, which should have shipped 2-3 months ago, is just now coming out.  I'm all for them delivering a great WP8.1 update as well but, by time we see a device with it, we'll be a year past the original ship date.  My patience is wearing thin...
  • I am happy with my Lumia 1020, and I think soon the Lumia will have the 41MP on verizon.
  • Can't wait for T-mobile to.......N/M
  • Anyone know if it supports T-Mobile bands and if you can add an SD card expansion.
  • Bands partially yes (no LTE + only HSPA+ in refarmed area) and no SD card based on leaked specs
  • Leaked product page revealed support for band 4 LTE. If that holds, yes to LTE.
  • Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all share LTE band 4, and all New Verizon LTE phones (including the 928, though the Black firmware will need to turn it on) have LTE bands 4 and 13.
  • When I worked for MS Store every Verizon WP8 device I sold worked with T-Mo and AT&T since Verizon allowed them to be unlocked out of the box.  If the pattern continues, definitely yes.  You should be able to take in 4G HSPA+ and LTE connectivity where available but that all depends on the frequency band support on the handset.  I haven't seen any confirmations on what it support yet.  Maybe on Feb 12 that info will be available.  I don't think it will had SD card support - haven't seen any reports suggesting it would and Nokia haven't put SD card slots on their premium handsets, only their budget/mid-range devices so far.
  • I'm still annoyed about how AT&T got the 925, which was supposed to be T-Mobile's exclusive. I guess that's what happens when T-Mobile doesn't bother to promote it or even update it to GDR3 or Black.
  • Me too. Does t-mobile just not have exclusives? They are so weak im so many areas. Pisses me off.
  • Sony Xperia Z1s? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • They have the Sony Xperia Z1s, which is a pretty good exclusive, but it's an Android. Pretty much all of their other devices are devices the other carriers have. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the 925 is the only Lumia device to be on more than one major US carrier. If Nokia is going to break that "rule," they might as well just give everyone the good phones like the 1020, 1520, 929, etc.
  • Exactly!
  • Could not agree more!
    On a side note can't wait to upgrade from my 928 :D
  • Weak little lamb in the house of giants, yes!
  • GDR3 was released... Im pissed Black is hung up tho. Should be a dev preview for ALL updates. This waiting shit is bull considering the money dumped to get the devices. At least give us a time frame so we know. Not "in the coming weeks" im amazed they always manage to typo that since its actually supposed to say "months". End of rant.
  • looking at the edges reminds me of the surface tablet
  • Looks awesome. Too bad AT&T gimped the 1520 or else I might have purchased that. This, like all VZW Windows Phones, probably won't support MMS if used on a different carrier. 
  • I don't use MMS, is that the only difference using on another carrier? Considering buying the Lumia Icon off-contract to use on AT&T or T-Mobile.
  • Also no LTE
  • Not true.
  • According to tech support (VZW), MMS is used (yes, cellular data) when you text a picture.
  • Only problem I have had with Verizon windows phones T Mobile is SMS only sending over 2g, haven't had problems when I put an AT&T sim in them. That and having to reset the phone if you go back to Verizon so that LTE will work
  • Woohoo. :D
    Waiting for the international version. ;)
  • Honestly, do not expect one anytime before 8.1 and not at MWC.
  • I hope a variant for AT&T and global is announced. Like I said, I HOPE. :)
  • WP 8.1 isn't even that far away! Can't wait :)
     
  • It's coming nevertheless. There's a hole between the 625 (4.7") and the 1520 (6") that will be plugged with a 5" to 5.5" model, I'm sure of it - I can feel it in my bones. LOL!
  • There's a hole to be filled with a phone featuring AMOLED, PureView and built-in QI.
    I would get a 925 if the charging covers weren't so hideous.
    I do hope something similar to 929 comes to Europe soon. Until then I'm sticking with my ugly 820.
  • International version and this would be my new phone, but want the glossy red please. +920 UK
  • Same here, I would LOVE this in Sweden!
  • I saw Cyan/ Gray and my hopes and dreams were destroyed immediately :[
  • Nice battery size.
  • I want that. Bring it to AT&T!
  • AT&T has it already, its just a smaller 1520. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • except for the critical (for me anyway) lack of a SD Card Slot
  • That's what is frustrating me too. I really want to move to WP, but I am worried about the lack of SD support and a comparatively small battery for such a big screen. If Verizon had a 32gb version of the 1520 I would own it already. Their coverage is so much better than ATT that I could never consider switching, so it looks like I will have to make some serious compromises. Either that or go with the Note 3, and put off my WP plans for two more years. *sigh*
  • So, you would switch to WP if Verizon had a32GB version of the 1520? The ICON is a 32GB Phone!   
  • Savagelizard is on AT&T who's 1520 is only 16gb.   Savagelizard no doubt knows the Icon is 32gb, but clearly states that their concern with the Icon is over the battery and the lack of SD Card slot. read for comprehension
  • Precisely the reason why I want it. All the goodies of the 1520, without the massive size.
  • Which means my 928 won't be getting an update till after.
  • Waiting for a Intl variant.
  • 880 hours standby?????????????
  • My only question: Nokia will announce the Normandy on MWC?
  • Yes.
  • So a Nokia Android phone is actually going to see the light of day? I wonder what Microsoft will do with that going forward...
  • Probably keep it. It's cheaper than to maintain the S30 and S40 series and will have access to Android stores such as Amazon which is good for emerging markets, while being able to have Microsoft services in it instead of Google's.
    However...if they do that, they won't be allowed to use the Nokia branding on those feature phones (as per terms of the deal).
  • Elop will turn out to be the ultimate Trojan - for google.
  • LOL I would seriously die laughing if that was to happen. But even if he was, with Gates back at Microsoft, he might well kiss any of his plans goodbye.
  • Just how much do you think Bill can accomplish with just one day a week at MS?
  • Only that phone??
  • Why have you stopped doing coverage of the Normandy?
  • I think it's Android Central that will be covering the Normandy since, well, forked or not it's still an Android phone.
  • Well that's obvious, but WPC was covering it, and just stopped.. I'm asking why.
  • I know. I based my answer on AC's last podcast to mention Normandy. Someone asked who would be covering Normandy at MWC and they were saying that they would still have to talk with the folks at WPC about it but probably it would be AC since it's an Android phone. So I interpret WPC's silence on the matter as a sign that they had talked with AC's folks and moved the Normandy coverage to their hands.
  • Ugh, I hope that is not all they are announcing. I'm trying to forget that phones existence lol
  • Amen.
  • Wow it has a little bit of a surface design!
  • Had the same thought.
  • That's the first thing I noticed too. Would be a nice match to my S2.
  • LOL! You had me confused there for a while because the Samsung Galaxy S2 is also usually refered to only as the S2.
  • Haha same thought. S2? Why a galaxy phone? Ohh... Surface 2 duh
  • Yep, that profile is unmistakable!
  • I need this phone, BUT on AT&T
  • Verizon likes this boxy design I guess!
  • YES!!!!
  • Is it going to have Nokia black firmware in it? Or would still be Amber?
  • Yes, it will have Black, per the article.
  • I wonder why didn't they jammed a 3000 battery in it. It would certainly serve it better. Hopefully Goldfinger will have it.
  • I was thinking that as well when I read it, I dont see why they couldn't the SONY XPERIA Z1 has 3,000mAh battery and gets me through the day maybe two.    
  • Enough with the Sony talk. And besides, this has Qi built in, so that could be one reason why they couldn't make a bigger battery.
  • I was comparing with the z1 since I have it and got similar specs to the ICON and it would be best to go with a 3000mAh battery since it gets me through a full day use and to power such a display.   I dont see why they couldnt fit an 3000mAh battery with the QI wireless charging since it about 10mm in width and z1 about 8mm in width and with the other dimmesion being similar as well.   I also think that the new flag