Nokia today officially announced the Lumia 822 for Verizon, making it the first Nokia-made Windows Phone device to be introduced for the carrier. The Lumia 822 touts 8-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front cameras as well as exchangeable shells, which feature support for wireless charging. There's also several bits of software that will come with the Lumia 822, like Nokia Drive+ for turn-by-turn navigation, Nokia City Lens that adds augmented reality to Nokia Maps, and Nokia Music to meet a user's streaming music needs.
As far as pricing and availability goes, both Nokia and Verizon are staying quiet for now. Also missing as of this writing are official images of the device, though several leaks have already come forward to offer a peek at what the phone might look like. Considering that this is only the second Windows Phone to be added to Verizon's roster, though, I'm sure that there are many folks on Big Red that are just happy to hear the news that another device powered by Microsoft's mobile OS is headed their way. We'll give you a shout once we get more information on the Lumia 822. Until then, you Verizon Windows Phone fans can do a happy dance in the comments below.
UPDATE: Nokia's website has revealed a couple more tidbits about the Lumia 822. The company says that the Lumia 822 will be priced at $99.99 with a two-year contract and that the grey model will be "available in limited quantities" and will only be made available online. As far as a launch date goes, Nokia only says that the Lumia 822 is "coming soon. More spec details of the Lumia 822 have also been revealed:
UPDATE 2: Verizon has announced that the Lumia 822 will be launching by Thanksgiving for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year contract.
Verizon Wireless introduces Nokia Lumia 822 to Fall portfolio
New Windows Phone 8 smartphone exclusive to Verizon Wireless
Espoo, Finland - Today, Verizon Wireless and Nokia announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Lumia 822 - 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.
"Bringing the Nokia Lumia 822 to Verizon Wireless allows us to expand our award winning Lumia brand to even more customers here in the United States," said Olivier Puech, President of Nokia Americas. "With the Nokia Lumia 822, first-time smartphone buyers - and those ready to switch - will get high-quality performance on both their device and Verizon Wireless' incredibly fast 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.
The Nokia Lumia 822 also comes with Nokia Drive+, an industry leading, turn-by-turn voice navigation solution featuring offline access and pre-loaded US maps - replacing the need for a standalone personal navigation device. In addition, the Nokia Lumia 822 comes with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite and the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps. Along with enhancements to Nokia Transit, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.
To take advantage of its camera capabilities, the Nokia Lumia 822 supports a suite of features to make the most out of photos and videos, available on the Windows Phone Store for download. Smart Shoot lets users remove moving objects and select the best faces for the perfect shot every time, and Cinemagraph allows users to easily turn photos into animated GIFs. Panorama makes it easy to capture an entire scene or landscape, while Creative Studio allows users to easily enhance their pictures with unique, creative effects before instantly sharing with friends and family.
The Nokia Lumia 822 also comes with Nokia Music - a completely ad-free music streaming application, requiring no registration, no log-in or subscription. Nokia Music allows consumers to enjoy the songs of their favorite artists without disruption, both online and offline so consumers can listen to their favorite playlists anytime, anywhere.
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia.