Chinese consumers can now get their hands on the Nokia Lumia Icon, a handset that’s supposed to be exclusive to Verizon in the US and hasn’t even been officially announced yet.
The phone is available from retailer Taobao in China under the Lumia 929 moniker, with handsets being imported from the States. Acting as proof that the unannounced device is really available is a short video and multiple pictures showing the handset in action. As expected, the phone isn’t fully compatible with local networks, with only 2G working on China Mobile and 2/3G on China Unicom (while a modified SIM is needed for China Telecom), and is selling for as low as 3,800 Yuan ($630), which might be enough for some folks to place an order despite the network incompatibility.
At this point, it’s unclear what’s holding Verizon back from launching the device, especially after it appeared on the carrier’s website recently and is now available for importing in to the world’s largest smartphone market. With top-of-the-line hardware (Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1080p display, and a 20-megapixel PureView camera) packed inside a 5-inch body, the Lumia Icon is most definitively a Windows Phone handset that many want to get their hands on, so here’s hoping Verizon can make it official as soon as possible.