Verizon and Nokia just announced that the heavily leaked Lumia 822 will be headed to Verizon Wireless. Fortunately, it isn’t going to be very expensive either. The Lumia 822 is priced at $99 with a new 2-year contract, but official details concerning a release date has not been unveiled yet. Previous leaks of this handset has suggested that we will be seeing it available on November 12th, but take that with a rather large grain of salt as Verizon has not officially announced a release date.
Nokia has released very little details on the Lumia 822 aside from the fact that it will be running on Verizon’s LTE network and will be featuring an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It also seems like that this specific phone is going to be a carrier-specific variant of the Lumia 820. That said, the specs on the hardware shouldn’t be changing a whole lot, so it should be safe to use the Lumia 820 as a guide for the hardware. Of course, it won’t be much of a surprise if we learn more about the device later today at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 event.
Update: It seems that Nokia has launched their Lumia 822 product page now. Thankfully it has listed a few extra details on the handset. We’ll be seeing three different color versions of the model: black, white, and grey. It’s definitely not a expansive array of colors coming from Nokia, but considering their track record, I was expecting more colorful versions. They still look very smooth and are not ugly by any means though. Under the hood the Lumia 822 has the same 4.3-inch screen as the Lumia 820 does with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The handset also has the same powerful dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.5GHz as well. Like we said, the Lumia 820 can probably be used as a good guide as to what you can expect in the Lumia 822 aside from a few Verizon specific features.
We still don’t have a release date on the smartphone, but as we get into Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 event, I would expect we would at least be given a time frame on when we can see it. Until then everything is just speculation and no official announcements have been given as of yet.
On a more unrelated note, it is important to note that the Lumia 822 is going to be specific to Verizon just like the 820 is going to be specific to AT&T and the Lumia 810 specific to T-Mobile. That said, whichever carrier you go with you will basically be getting the same experience. Of course, you will see carriers have their respective logo on the back of the device. That is the only change you are really going to be seeing though.
Are you excited for the new smartphone? Will you be going to pick up one of the Nokia Lumia smartphones, or are you not going to hold out and wait for the release date and instead look at something else?
We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything else on this bad boy.
source: The Verge