Earlier this year, Nokia announced the Lumia Icon, a handset that is an exclusive for Verizon (although some say that an international variant in the form of the Lumia 930 could be on its way). For those unfamiliar, the Lumia Icon is essentially a smaller version of the Lumia 1520 with a more manageable 5-inch display versus the Lumia 1520’s 6-inch.
Essentially this has the power of the Lumia 1520 packed into a smaller body for those who prefer something not of the phablet variety. However to make the device smaller, Nokia did have to make a couple of concessions, one of which was putting a smaller 2,420mAh battery inside versus the Lumia 1520’s 3,400mAh.
Did this make a big difference? Obviously, but are the differences a bad thing? Well according to the folks at GSMArena, it seems like they weren’t particularly pleased about the Lumia Icon’s battery life, with them concluding that, “it’s pretty obvious that it’s not the best the smartphone can manage. Nokia should act quickly to identify that issue that causes the battery drain and fix it as soon as possible.”
According to their findings, the Lumia Icon handled itself well when it came to 3G calls, lasting for about 14 hours 15 minutes before the phone went flat, which is apparently decent for a battery of its size. However web browsing and video playback is where the Lumia Icon falters, with the phone dying after 5 hours 17 minutes of web browsing and 7 hours 34 minutes of video playback.
GSMArena seems to think that when Nokia ported the firmware for the Lumia 1520 over onto the Lumia Icon, something could have gone wrong, or perhaps the firmware was not optimized for the phone’s battery. Personally we think that these numbers are fine but in case you were thinking about picking up the Lumia Icon and battery is your number one concern, perhaps these are numbers worth taking into consideration.