Image reveals Nokia 'Atlas' for Verizon - is this the Lumia 822?

Last month, customers of Verizon Wireless wanting to grab a new Windows Phone were given much to rejoice about, with Big Red's confirmation that it plans to "sell multiple Windows Phones in the fourth quarter" of this year. But with the launch of Windows Phone 8 now less than three weeks away, we've still not heard a great deal about exactly what Verizon's WP8 handset range will look like.

Today, we got our first look at one Windows Phone 8 handset headed to Verizon, the Nokia 'Atlas'. The @evleaks Twitter account - which made something of a name for itself in leaking Nokia's Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets and accessories ahead of their official announcement - revealed the image of Atlas this morning, and given their track record, it's probably safe to assume that this image is the real deal.

The handset sports a unique design language, which has hints of the Lumia 710 in its rounded corners, setting it apart from the Lumia 810 announced yesterday, which is destined to be launched exclusively on T-Mobile in the US. We don't know much more about Atlas at this stage, but from the image above, we can see that it will support 4G LTE connectivity, and include a front-facing camera.

It's likely that Atlas is Verizon's own unique variant of the Lumia 820; last month, we reported that Verizon's internal device management system was listing a device called the "Nokia Lumia 822", with white and grey variants specified:

Source/image: @evleaks

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Hopefully VZW will get a 922. That'll make AT&T still have an exclusive 920, but I'll be able to get a phone that won't suck.

I have a Samsung Omnia II that is just about three years old. I'm still on WinMo 6.5 waiting for WP8. My upgrade came when the WP7.8 news that it wasn't upgradeable broke so I didn't move to a crappy Trophy on Verizon.

I will not switch to AT&T and will stay on Verizon. I've been patiently waiting for good news about a real device coming to Verizon and story [Lumia 920 exclusive on AT&T] after story [This particular report and the phone looks like crap] makes me nervous that once again. Time is running out and I've seen no indication that Verizon will have a decent Nokia phone which is what I want. I'll reserve comment and continue to have faith but man it's going to suck to hold out so long only to be disappointed once again.

I now wonder what they'll do with the 7x0 line. This could very well have passed for a 730 IMO. Maybe the 7x0 line will be the one with the 4" screens that some want while a future 6x0 model will cover the lower 3.7/3.8" market.

The more phones the better, tweaked carrier exclusive phones are fine, it's what the carriers want. I'm sure Verizon wants something it can sell that AT&T can't and vice versa. It's way harder to sell the same thing on both and if you have something the other doesn't you can also try and take customers away from the other which is the goal as well.

GP007 said,
The more phones the better, tweaked carrier exclusive phones are fine, it's what the carriers want. I'm sure Verizon wants something it can sell that AT&T can't and vice versa. It's way harder to sell the same thing on both and if you have something the other doesn't you can also try and take customers away from the other which is the goal as well.

True but the problem is that we consumers want the 920. Not something that has lower specs and looks so differently from the 920.

NPGMBR said,

True but the problem is that we consumers want the 920. Not something that has lower specs and looks so differently from the 920.


You want that, I want that, and many more.
But theres plenty that'll do fine on a basic WP8 phone like the 820/822.

NPGMBR said,

True but the problem is that we consumers want the 920. Not something that has lower specs and looks so differently from the 920.

I agree with you, and that point of view is also fine but I'm just looking at it from the carriers side of things. I also expect to see some variant of the 920 head to Verizon as well, or the 920 itself if AT&T has a time limit on it's exclusivity, could be something like 3 months.

GP007 said,

I agree with you, and that point of view is also fine but I'm just looking at it from the carriers side of things. I also expect to see some variant of the 920 head to Verizon as well, or the 920 itself if AT&T has a time limit on it's exclusivity, could be something like 3 months.

I really hope so. I hope to see a Lumia 922 popping up soon.

I'm a bit disappointed that all of the hype surrounding the 820 is lost on both the 810 and 822 though. The nicest thing about Apple is the single-design that enables case makers to hit a single target. By building multiple variants, Samsung and now Nokia are guaranteeing that they can never fit that. In the case of Nokia, I felt like they tried to tackle that by making the detachable shells, but it appears (looking at the above picture, and the 810 yesterday) that that pretty large feature is lost unless you are in the global market, or you are on AT&T.

I guess that I'm less concerned with what they do with the 922, as long as it exists. Well, as long as it doesn't have that silly little lip at the bottom. I am not a fan of that design.

It would be nice if Big Red would simply make the announcement before it gets spoiled by leaks, as I am just itching to get off of AT&T, but I will not make the jump for the equivalent of an 820. The 8X is tempting, but HTC just has too large of a failure rate with their GPS, and that has burned my friends and I in the past.

Looks so cr4p it could be a HTC !! Come on Nokia, what is wrong with you ? Exclusive rubbish phones all over the place ?

I don't...see the point here. 810, 820, 822? Same specs different body? Why? Still no 4 inches one! and worst of all, 822 and 810 are better looking than the 820 (the one supposed to have worldwide availability).

Rafyelzz said,
I don't...see the point here. 810, 820, 822? Same specs different body? Why? Still no 4 inches one! and worst of all, 822 and 810 are better looking than the 820 (the one supposed to have worldwide availability).

I know your pan in regards to them not having a phone with a 4" screen. Why not get the HTC 8S? That's what I'm doing

Richard Cousins said,

I know your pan in regards to them not having a phone with a 4" screen. Why not get the HTC 8S? That's what I'm doing

Yeah Its the most interesting one so far, due to size/design/price, but I've NL800, If I upgrade has to have FF camera and something really new, besides I'd miss badly Nokia Apps (Drive, Transport, City Lens and Reader). So moving from NL800 to 8S would be a step backwards imho.

Complicated decision, that's why I'm hoping on a decent priced 4" NL with average specs.

Rafyelzz said,
I don't...see the point here. 810, 820, 822? Same specs different body? Why? Still no 4 inches one! and worst of all, 822 and 810 are better looking than the 820 (the one supposed to have worldwide availability).

They are just fragmenting their phone to abliss now. Nokia needs to make up their mind, come up with a selection of phones and launch them, this is just ridiculous.

WaqasTariq said,

They are just fragmenting their phone to abliss now. Nokia needs to make up their mind, come up with a selection of phones and launch them, this is just ridiculous.

Since I'm not a smartphones-marketing expert I won't predict future, but Nokia never did exclusivity deals when they were #1, why now? All their phones had practically worldwide availability. Ridiculous small variations of phones creating a big stupid portfolio is, in fact, a Nokia thing though.

WaqasTariq said,

They are just fragmenting their phone to abliss now. Nokia needs to make up their mind, come up with a selection of phones and launch them, this is just ridiculous.

Fragmenting? Just because they're tweaked designs doesn't effect the software side of things at all. What's wrong with having a few varients? Nokia has done this basically forever and if this is what a carrier wants to have then I say give it to them.

I see this is a good thing, it keeps the carriers happy because they have something unique design wise and it means more choice for users.

GP007 said,

Fragmenting? Just because they're tweaked designs doesn't effect the software side of things at all. What's wrong with having a few varients? Nokia has done this basically forever and if this is what a carrier wants to have then I say give it to them.

I see this is a good thing, it keeps the carriers happy because they have something unique design wise and it means more choice for users.

Yeah this isn't fragmentation, this is variation. The hardware and software are nearly identical. What is creating fragmentation is the release of new WP7.8 and WP8 devices - completely different platforms, one of which will not get updated anymore.

Rafyelzz said,

Since I'm not a smartphones-marketing expert I won't predict future, but Nokia never did exclusivity deals when they were #1, why now? All their phones had practically worldwide availability. Ridiculous small variations of phones creating a big stupid portfolio is, in fact, a Nokia thing though.


If I had to take a wild guess, they are trying to copy Apple. Apple was exclusive in the U.S. on one carrier for a long time. It builds up hype.

Rafyelzz said,
I don't...see the point here. 810, 820, 822? Same specs different body? Why? Still no 4 inches one! and worst of all, 822 and 810 are better looking than the 820 (the one supposed to have worldwide availability).

It's because carriers like to have exclusively looking devices (regardless of the specs).

Look at the GS 2 or 3 on the different carriers in the US.