First Nokia at Verizon for 3 years
Today Nokia announced the new Lumia 822, the Verizon variant of the 820. The first Nokia phone to grace the portfolio of the country's largest network for nearly 3 years, the Lumia 822 packs an 8mp Carl-Zeiss camera, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3" 800 x 480 ClearBlack AMOLED display and weighs in at 142g.
Of course this runs Windows Phone 8, the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system. Many people were hoping that Verizon would get the bigger brother, the 920, and this might still hapen, once the exclusivity deal with AT&T expires early 2013. But that is speculation, of course.
However, the 822 does come with some goodies, such as MicroUSB (up to 64GB) support, NFC (Near Field Communication), all the latest Nokia Maps loveliness inclusing City Lens, Maps, Drive and Local Scout. Plus Nokia Music, Microsoft Office 365 and all the other bells and whistes you'd expect from a top-notch smartphone late 2012.
Being a a phone under Big Red's umbrella, this does run on Verizon's 4G LTE network, so you can expect some darn fast data speeds, if your area has that proper 4G coverage. In fact, you can head over to the Lumia 822's spec page and see just how many bands it covers – it should work nicely worldwide; there is mention of Dual SIM, which is curious because Verizon phones don't require a SIM. Have things moved on at Verizon?
Was I napping?
This looks like a solid addition to Verizon's line-up. I wonder if it'll shove the Droids out of the way in the stores though…
Here's the official press release from Nokia:
Nokia Lumia 822 is a powerful Windows Phone 8 smartphone exclusive to Verizon Wireless. With a unique design, enhanced camera, world class maps with turn-by-turn navigation and free unlimited music streaming, the Nokia Lumia 822 provides Verizon Wireless customers with high-end smartphone features on America´s largest 4G LTE network.
The Nokia Lumia 822 delivers high-end features in a compact package, including an 8MP camera with industry leading optics from Carl Zeiss, alongside a 1.2MP HD front-facing camera for crystal clear video calls. The Nokia Lumia 822 also features an exchangeable shell design, sold separately, which supports wireless charging.