Verizon and Nokia are expected to announce the Nokia Lumia Icon a.k.a Lumia 929 soon. The handset has made countless appearances in leaked photos, appeared on Verizon’s website, appeared and sold in China, but yet we still do not have an official announcement or release date yet. We really have no clue what’s going on over at Verizon, but the handset has once again made an appearance on Verizon’s website and appears to cost $777 on and off-contract, which is odd because $777 with a new two-year contract should be much cheaper, so if we had to guess, it looks like the website went live a little earlier than expected. It also looks like customers will be able to order the handset in either a black or white finish.
For those who might have forgotten about the Lumia Icon a.k.a Lumia 929, the handset is essentially a smaller version of the Lumia 1520 except that it appears to be an exclusive to Verizon at the moment. It will, for the most part, share the same hardware features as the Lumia 1520 but will pack a small and more manageable 5” display while retaining its 1920×1080 Full HD display. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, come with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage with no microSD card slot for memory expansion, a 20MP rear-facing PureView camera, NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, and will run on the latest version of Windows Phone 8.
Verizon’s website also lists that the handset will include the ISIS NFC SIM card preinstalled, which is the alternative to Google Wallet meaning that you will be able to make mobile payments using your mobile phone through the Wallet app. No word on when the handset will be released but it’s starting to become a real tease!