Nokia slips Lumia Icon comparison video onto YouTube [Update: launch confirmation]

Nokia’s Lumia Icon has been patiently awaiting launch day for months now. Even if we look past all the early Lumia 929 business, we’ve been spotting signs of it over on Verizon’s servers going back well over a month by now; when’s it finally going to become available? The latest leak has suggested that the Icon could launch sometime next week, possibly on Wednesday but maybe more likely on Thursday, but in advance of that Nokia has put up a comparison video featuring the Lumia Icon, demonstrating its audio recording capabilities against the Galaxy S 4.

The video was posted by Nokia’s US arm to YouTube back on Sunday, but it’s only being noticed now, as it’s unlisted. In the description, Nokia provides a shortened URL that resolves back to a Lumia Icon page on the company’s site, though for the moment there’s nothing to be found there.

Did somebody hit “publish” a little early? Perhaps they thought that by keeping the video unlisted (as it still appears to be), no one would uncover it. Will Nokia soon be reverting that move and taking the clip down, waiting until next week to share it? We can’t say just yet, so watch it while you can. Heck, maybe this means that Verizon’s moved up its plans and the phone could arrive a week early. But however the story plays out, the Icon finally looks ready to drop, and either way, it’s just going to be a matter of days before it’s official.

Update: Nokia just posted to Twitter that the Lumia Icon hits Verizon next Thursday, February 20.

Source: Nokia US (YouTube)
Via: My Nokia Blog

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