Nokia announces the Lumia 822 for Verizon

Ahead of today's Windows Phone 8 announcements, Nokia and Verizon have introduced the Nokia Lumia 822 as Verizon's "exclusive" Windows Phone 8 device. As you might expect from the name, the Lumia 822 is essentially the same phone as the already-announced Lumia 820, with basically identical specifications.

The Lumia 822 features support for Verizon's 4G LTE network, as well as an 8-megapixel non-PureView rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera and the same exchangeable shell design as the Lumia 820 that carries support for wireless charging. Other specs include a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset with 1 GB of RAM, microSD card support alongside 16 GB of on-board storage and a 4.3-inch 480 x 800 display.

No release date was given, however we do know via Nokia's website that the phone will cost $99.99 on a two-year contract. Update: They pulled the pricing information from the Nokia homepage, but we took a sneak peak just a bit too quickly.

Source: Nokia

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It looks nothing like an 820 though, so I don't see how the 820's wireless charging shells would fit it. The 822 seems far too rounded to accept the shells.

The article says that the 822 has "basically identical specifications" to the 820, but that's actually not true. If you compare the spec pages on for the 822 ( and 820 (, you'll see that the 822 has a better battery (1800 mAh vs. 1650), better glass face (GG2), more memory (16gb vs. 8), better front-facing camera, and it's just over 10% lighter.

I've been just as frustrated as the next person by AT&T's exclusivity of the 920, and I had pretty much written off the 822. But if these specs are accurate, it would put the 822 somewhere between the 820 and the 920, and I might actually consider it. Of course, it has the same screen resolution and non-Pureview camera as the 820, so that's unfortunate, but for $99, that's not too bad.

Just wanted to point all of this out so readers don't get the wrong idea. I think the HTC 8X will be great, but don't completely write-off the Lumia 822 just yet. Now we just need to get our hands on them in person!

Update: seems to show the 822's internal memory at 8gb. Not sure why they contradict Nokia's website, but that's also something to keep an eye on.

Edited by bulsaras, Oct 29 2012, 3:24pm :

Nice to see Verizon in the same article as Windows Phone, but I'm still hoping for a better device for myself. Hopefully that announcement comes soon.