The Windows powered smartphone is the underdog in the smartphone world, hated by many mainly for its unique interface, and loved by some for exactly the same reason. To add to the dilemma, most Windows phones presented so far weren’t exactly style icons … more like plasticky-looking toys for nerds. With the Nokia Lumia Icon, however, things could seriously change.
Not only does Nokia’s latest top-level Windows phone look extraordinarily gorgeous–we reckon the company took some inspiration from both Sony and HTC, it is also quite a powerhouse when it comes to specs. At the very core of the Lumia Icon, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor operates at 2.2 GHz, supported by 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in memory.
The Icon’s screen is 5 inches in size and sports a Full-HD resolution at a pixel density of 441 ppi, which puts it in direct competition to the Xperia Z1, the current king of the hill. So, what’s in it for the photography crowd? To begin with, the Lumia Icon’s primary camera is a 20 megapixel PureView unit that consists of a 1/2.5″ sensor mated to an 26mm-equivalent f/2.4 Carl Zeiss lens. Responsible for taking pictures is the new Nokia Camera app, which replaces both the Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam.
As for video, the Lumia Icon does of course support 1080/3op video recording, but it does so with the help of four–yes, four–built-in microphones. Quadrophony, anyone? There’s also a secondary camera on the front, which resolves 1.2MP and does 720p video. LTE, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth are on board as well, as you would expect from a top-notch phone.
In order to keep everything running until the end of the day, the Lumia Icon has been given a massive 2420 mAh battery that can be wirelessly charged via the Qi standard. As awesome as all of this sounds, there’s one major catch, though: for now, the phone will only be available on contract from Verizon for US-$ 199. Good for those who are looking for a new contract, but unfortunate for the rest of us.
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