Nokia has announced the most-awaited smartphone running Windows Phone 8 called the Lumia Icon.
It’s yet another Lumia phone, but with 5-inch screen and all counterparts of the Lumia 1520. However, it can be characterized by its smaller size and powerful hardware sector. The Lumia Icon aims for the US only via Verizon Wireless.
With a body of 137 x 71 millimeters in size, a thickness of 9.8 mm and a weight of 167 grams, the Lumia Icon possesses a considerably revised design compared to the other Lumia devices. Based on the Windows Phone 8, the phone features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and a 2420 mAh battery. It also aids Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G LTE.
The Lumia Icon inherits almost complete specs sheet – except the display size – from the Lumia 1520. It features the same 20MP PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics including dual LED flash and the ability to record Full HD video with a digital zoom. The 5-inch display resolves 1920 x 1080 pixels at 441ppi and can reach up to 500 nits of brightness under the direct sunlight.
On the software front, there are the traditional propriety apps developed by the Fin Company for its Windows Phone line-up, including Nokia Camera, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, Storyteller and Video Trimmer.
For a recap, the Lumia Icon is the first Lumia device to drop the numbers in the nomenclature and has been made exclusively for Verizon. It will be available from February 20, priced at $199 with a two-year subscription.
It’s still a secret whether the exclusivity is temporary and the phone will arrive in other markets, perhaps with another label like the Lumia 928 in case of the Lumia 925.