Verizon Lumia 929 to ditch number designation, to be called ‘Lumia Icon’ instead

The Nokia Lumia ‘929’, destined for Verizon has been missing from the news lately. That’s about to change though as we have some new information regarding that 5-inch device with a 1080P display.

First up is the release date, which we’re hearing is now slated for Thursday, January 16th (subject to change), with Microsoft Stores taking stock earlier. That falls right after CES in Las Vegas, making it a decent venue for Verizon to announce their new flagship Windows Phone, though we do not yet know if they will seize that opportunity.

The second bit of news is we are hearing that the Lumia 929 will be the first Lumia to ditch the number designation. Instead of being the Verizon Nokia Lumia 929 it will be known as the Lumia Icon. The information was corroborated by Twitter site @evleaks who mused the name change last night.

It is not known if this losing of the number designation is a new general marketing policy for Nokia or specific to Verizon, though we are trying learn more.

The Lumia Icon is a follow up to the Lumia 928 and features a dazzling 5-inch 1080P AMOLED display. Other confirmed specifications include:

Lumia Icon aka Lumia '929'

  • Qualcomm Quad-core Snapdragon 800 at 2.2 GHz
  • 2 GB of RAM; 32 GB of internal storage (no micro SD)
  • 2510 mAh battery
  • 20 MP PureView rear camera with oversampling (16 MP + 5 MP photos); Front facing camera
  • Dual LED flash
  • NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Qi wireless charging
  • FM Radio
  • At least three HAAC microphones
  • Data Sense, NFL Mobile, Verizon Tones, VZ Navigator, My Verizon Mobile, Nokia StoryTeller, Nokia Screen Beamer
  • Available colors: matte white or matte black

The device should prove to be very successful due to it's similar size as the Lumia 928, which has proven to be more ideal than the massive Lumia 1520. No word on pricing just yet, but more information may be coming this Thursday.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.