Verizon Expands Windows Line With Nokia Lumia Icon
Written by: Gary Krakow
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In addition to a number of somewhat older models currently offered - including the HTC 8X, Samsung's ATIV Odyssey and the Nokia
It's called the Nokia Lumia Icon - during development it was known as the Lumia 929 - and is said to be a big step up from the older 928. The new model will reportedly sport a 5-inch, HD touchscreen, 20 megapixel camera, quad-core processor and a 2,420 mAh rechargeable battery.
The Lumia Icon appears to be very similar to Nokia's Lumia 1520 phablet on a slightly smaller scale. The 1520 sports a giant 6-inch touchscreen and the 20 megapixel camera with Zeiss lens. It's currently available through AT&T
The Icon had appeared on Verizon's Web site but has since been removed. In a screen grab obtained by GSM Arena, the contract price had been listed as $777.00 but should definitely be more in line with other Windows smartphones when the handset is officially announced.
Verizon shares were lower by more than 1% to $47.96 in early New York trading.
Having the Icon sold (and hopefully heavily promoted) by Verizon could only mean good things for Microsoft's smartphone ecosystem. Windows phones have quietly been gaining market share both in this country and around the world, The gains come at the expense of the rapidly fading BlackBerry
At CES this week, Microsoft
Verizon has yet to set an exact date for release or pricing for the upcoming Lumia Icon smartphone.
-- Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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