nokia-930-build2014-014Nokia Glance is a pretty cool feature of Nokia phones. For those unfamiliar, it basically provides the user with information about their phones, such as the time and notifications without having to touch the phone at all, allowing information to be viewed at a glance, so to speak.

Unfortunately this is a feature that was missing from the Nokia Lumia Icon and if you were hoping that the international variant, the recently announced Nokia Lumia 930, would be an exception and actually gain the feature, it looks like you will be disappointed to learn that it won’t.

According to the folks at WPCentral, they confirmed this with the folks at Nokia themselves. It seems that the reason the Lumia 930 and the Lumia Icon (and certain Lumia devices) do not have the Glance feature is simply due to hardware. Apparently the screens used by the Lumia Icon and Lumia 930 lack “display memory” which is needed in order for Glance to work.

Nokia could have chosen to use the same display found on other Lumia handsets with glance, but apparently the combination of a Full HD 1080p display, AMOLED, and display memory would have been too expensive which would have resulted in the Lumia Icon/Lumia 930 being too expensive for the end user, or would have ended up not being a profitable device for Nokia.

Presumably there are other factors to take into consideration, such as battery life, design, and etc. Either way it looks like the phone will not be coming with Glance. However since the Lumia 930 is essentially the Lumia Icon, we can say that based on our review of the Lumia Icon, it is a very good handset and if Glance is a feature you can live without, perhaps it could worth your consideration.

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