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Nokia debuts flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia Icon, for Verizon

Mark Hachman | Feb. 13, 2014
The launch of the Nokia Lumia Icon on Verizon might be seen as a bridge: from Nokia to Microsoft, and to extend a flagship Windows Phone from AT&T and T-Mobile onto the nation's largest wireless carrier.

But it's the camera where Nokia has traditionally shone, and the Icon is no exception. The only concession that Nokia made was to eliminate the highest-end cameras (and the resulting bump) of phones like the Lumia 1020. Otherwise, the camera is the same 20-megapixel camera — with optical stabilization, an f/2.4 lens, dual LEDs, a front-facing 2-megapixel sensor that shoots 1.2-megapixel images, and 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second. Since the Lumia Icon includes the Nokia Lumia "Black" software revision, it's eligible to upgrade to the Nokia Camera app that adds greater manual controls and a "smart sequence" technology that shoots a series of photos in succession.

The phone uses the 700-MHz LTE band, plus 850/1900 Rev A CDMA. It can roam on the  850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz GMS band, as well as UMTS 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2100 MHz. Additional connectivity is provided by WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

What does this mean for Microsoft?
Nokia obviously chose an iconic name for its flagship phone, rather than perpetuating its series of numbers. Iterations like Surface 2 and Windows 8 aside, that's the same approach Microsoft has chosen. "We thought about differentiating the Verizon name, and we agreed with Verizon to promote the name, and to differentiate the phone from other Windows devices," Majid said. 

Eventually, when the Microsoft-Nokia merger is completed, Microsoft will have to decide on the future direction of the Lumia line. Majid noted that since Nokia is driving the majority of sales for Windows Phone, the company has a "good relationship with Microsoft from an engineering and marketing perspective". Code, perhaps, for "Back off — we know what we're doing."


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