Taking the wraps off mobile devices is more often than not a mere formality nowadays, due to how reliable and resourceful master leakers have become. But rarely has a gadget been as poorly concealed prior to an official release like Verizon’s Nokia Lumia Icon these past few months.
The ironic thing is Big Red can’t even blame insiders and tipsters for blowing Icon’s cover, as the carrier’s own webmasters spilled the beans. More than once. Oh, well, one tidbit was kept under wraps until a few hours ago: pricing.
Any surprises? Not exactly, as the Full HD 5-inch Windows Phone is set to cost a predictable $200 with two-year contracts. Fair too? Let’s say yes, for the moment, though since Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and HTC’s M8 are looming so large on the horizon, it may become a burden soon enough.
As expected (and thoroughly documented), the newest Lumia family member packs a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, paired with 2 GB RAM. The biggest flaw is lack of expandable storage, albeit at least Nokia learned from some of its past mistakes and made 32 GB on-board memory standard.
Meanwhile, you can definitely file the 20 MP rear-facing camera with OIS and dual LED under strong suits, as well as the comfy 2,420 mAh battery, 4G LTE speeds and NFC. February 20 is when the Lumia Icon starts shipping, perfect timing for Nokia to cast a (small) shadow on GS5 and HTC One Plus announcements.