By Stephen Schenck | February 7, 2014 2:33 PM
The 2014 Mobile World Congress may still be a couple weeks away, and while we’re sure to see a lot of new hardware at the expo, we’ve also been catching word of some pre-MWC events. Overnight, for instance, we learned that LG’s planning some sort of announcement in South Korea for next Thursday. Nokia may already have its own MWC even scheduled for February 24, but now we’re wondering if it also might be planning to make a launch announcement in advance of MWC, as the company posts a new teaser video to YouTube today.
The short clip, embedded below, invites Nokia fans to “see and hear what you’ve been missing.” In and of itself, that doesn’t tell us much – this would be far from the first time the company placed a focus on its phones’ audio and imaging performance – but the fact that this video came from Nokia US, rather than the company’s international account, has us wondering if this might not just be about the Lumia Icon.
The Icon is easily the Lumia model we’re most expecting to launch in the very near future, both because of how long it’s been lingering around, seemingly ready-to-go, and because of the recent influx of official-looking accessories. And considering the multiple times we saw its listing pop up prematurely on Verizon’s site… well, if this isn’t about the Icon, we’d be very surprised.
A pre-MWC Icon launch would also be a sensible move from a strategic standpoint, as CES was really the opportunity to make news about US launches, and the global focus of MWC doesn’t sound like a great fit for a carrier-specific handset, especially one destined for this side of the Atlantic.