Verizon Nokia Lumia 929 to be first Lumia to drop number name, launch as Lumia Icon

A new report claims Nokia will drop model numbers on upcoming Lumia smartphones. The Verizon Nokia Lumia 929 will reportedly launch as the Lumia Icon.

It seems  that 2014 is going to be one of Nokia's most interesting years in a very long time. The company's device division will become part of Microsoft, which should provide Nokia with notable financial and technological advancements. Microsoft plans on using the mobile company's expertise in hardware and its very important carrier relationships it has formed throughout the years in the cell phone industry. The acquisition will help Microsoft better compete with rivals such as Apple and Google by releasing hardware running its Windows Phone mobile operating system, giving the company greater control on the smartphones it releases as it tries to improve its current third place smartphone market share.

According to a new report, we are already seeing a major change coming to an important smartphone Nokia has been developing for Verizon Wireless. Evleaks is at it again and spilling the beans on an unannounced Verizon Nokia Lumia smartphone. The tipster claims that the upcoming Verizon Nokia Lumia 929 will be the first Lumia to ship with new branding. It won't lose the popular 'Lumia' name, but numbers may be a thing of the past for future Lumia handsets. The smartphone will reportedly officially be called the Lumia Icon when it's released.

 Windows Phone Central is also providing some new information on the upcoming Verizon Nokia Lumia 929 / Icon. The site claims that it has heard that the smartphone will be released on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 and the Microsoft Store will likely begin stocking of the handset earlier (likely for pre-ordered), although it notes the date could change. The site also suggests that the date happens to fall a few days after CES 2014 and that is where Verizon and Nokia are likely to officially announce the Lumia Icon.

The Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon is expected to feature a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD AMOLED display and run the latest version of Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and Nokia's Lumia Black Update. It will be powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and include 32GB of internal storage (no microSD expansion).

Its camera capabilities will reportedly include a high-end 20-megapixel PureView camera with oversamspling and a front-facing camera for video chat. Its wireless connectivity options will consist of a 4G LTE radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, and NFC. The smartphone will include wireless charging out of the box and will be offered in choice of matte white or matte black. There was no mention of battery size or pricing.

We'll keep you up to date as soon as we get more information of the purported Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon.

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