By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 17, 2013 09:57 AM EST
The much-rumored Verizon-bound Nokia Lumia 929 will reportedly launch as the Lumia Icon and may finally arrive in mid-January.
The Lumia 929 has been off the radar lately, but new information now points to a specific launch date, as well as a slight rebranding. The smartphone has been expected for quite some time, but it has yet to make an official debut.
Previous rumors have indicated a November launch, which obviously proved to be false. Another rumor later hinted at a release by the end of December, and now the folks over at WPCentral claim to have new information on the launch date.
According to a new WPCentral report, the Verizon-bound smartphone will make its debut on Jan. 16, after the CES 2014. The date seems plausible, as it would allow Nokia to unveil the handset at CES. Nonetheless, it remains unconfirmed.
The second bit of news comes from trusted tipster @evleaks, who said that the purported Nokia Lumia 929 would launch as the Lumia Icon.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see the presumed Nokia Lumia 929 actually come to market with the Icon branding," tweeted @evleaks.
If this proves to be accurate, the Nokia Lumia Icon will be the first smartphone in the Lumia line to ditch the number from its name. It remains unclear at this point whether the new branding approach will apply to all future Lumia handsets, or just to Verizon-bound Lumias.
The Nokia Lumia 929, or Lumia Icon, is expected to come with a 5-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2GB of RAM, and the latest quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The handset will reportedly boast a 20-megapixel camera with Nokia's PureView technology, as well as Carl Zeiss optics.
Other reported specs include 32GB of internal storage capacity with no microSD card slot, and a 2,150 mAh battery. The smartphone will reportedly support Qi wireless charging out of the box. Connectivity options include NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. In terms of software, the Lumia Icon is expected to run Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (GDR3) with the Lumia Black update pre-installed.
Keep in mind, however, that Nokia has yet to make an official announcement in this regards, so take all leaks and rumors with a grain of salt for now.