Nokia Lumia Icon to see global variant as Lumia 930, launch on April 19?

By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 06, 2014 08:09 AM EST

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Nokia may reportedly be holding an event on April 19, where the company could unveil the rumored Lumia 930, a global variant of the popular Lumia Icon.

Back at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, which ended on Feb. 27, the company unveiled its brand new Nokia X range of Android-based smartphones, as well as a couple of Asha handsets. Nokia has not unveiled any new Lumia device at the show, but it might be preparing a surprise for next month.

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Not too long ago, Nokia launched its high-end Lumia Icon smartphone as a Verizon-exclusive in the U.S. The device was very well-received and gained high praise, raising plenty of interest among consumers.

In fact, the Nokia Lumia Icon raised a lot of interest outside the U.S. as well, although the device is not available in other regions or on other carriers except Verizon Wireless. A recent rumor, however, claimed that Nokia could launch a global version of its Lumia Icon. The purported international variant is rumored to have similar specs to the U.S.-bound model, except for the display, and launch as the Lumia 930.

While nothing is confirmed, well-known and trusted tipster @evleaks has now suggested that a Nokia press event is scheduled for April 19. Nokia has not sent out any invites yet, and it remains unclear at this point what device will be the star of the show, but the rumored Lumia 930 makes a likely candidate. An international version of the Lumia Icon would surely be welcome, but it remains to be seen whether it will debut next month.

As a reminder, the Nokia Lumia Icon sports a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Under the hood, the smartphone packs a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 2GB of RAM for a smooth and speedy performance. The handset comes with 32GB of internal storage capacity, but has no microSD card slot for additional memory. Other specs include a 20-megapixel PureView rear camera and a 2,420 mAh battery. Connectivity options consist of 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. The Lumia Icon runs Microsoft's latest Windows Phone OS.

If Nokia does indeed plan to launch a global version of its Lumia Icon sporting similar specifications, the handset may see a wide adoption. With nothing confirmed for now, however, take everything with a grain of salt. It's all based on speculation at this point, but we'll keep you up to date as soon as more information becomes available.



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