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Lumia Icon release date still unknown

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Windows Phone enthusiasts on Verizon Wireless in the United States have been awaiting a flagship Nokia device for quite some time. They're not getting it. Months after AT&T launched the Lumia 1020 and even weeks after the Lumia 1520, Verizon has yet to even announce a successor to the existing Lumia 928, much less a flagship Nokia device.

There is a rumored successor to the Verizon-specific 928, however, in the form of the yet-to-be-announced Lumia 929. This device is speculated as the first device from Nokia to break the number-centric naming convention in favor of a more phonetic name, the Lumia Icon.

Nokia's Lumia Icon device, if ever announced, is expected to pack a quad-core top-of-the-line Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of on-board storage. The device is also expected to come with wireless charging capabilities out of the box, and possibly an SD expansion slot (this is unlikely with a 32GB device, but welcomed if true).

According to an anonymous employee of a Verizon Wireless corporate-owned store in Lakeland, Florida, the Lumia Icon is not expected to see the light of day for pre-order until the end of January, despite the tech press expecting a January 16, 2014 release following a supposed announcement coming from Nokia and Verizon at CES in the week of January 6th.

With the device originally rumored for last November or December, and given Verizon's extremely poor track record of rolling out new semi-high-end devices (a la the Android, 4G LTE, and then Windows Phone rollouts, in that order) it may be a very long time until we see this device, or it could be next week at CES.

Which do you think is most likely? Tell me below in the comments section. I'd love to know your thoughts on the issue and on Verizon's support of Windows Phone overall.

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