Verizon to sport the Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone as the '822'?

The shiny new Lumia 820, announced yesterday by Nokia

The Lumia 820, Nokia's mid-range Windows Phone 8 smartphone, was announced yesterday at the company's press conference in New York. We're still awaiting confirmation on which Windows Phone(s) carriers will be getting, but some light might have been shown on Verizon's plans for Microsoft's mobile platform.

A photo was sent into Engadget of a terminal showing the Verizon Device Management System. According to this listing, Verizon will be sporting a "Lumia 822" - possibly a carrier branded version of the announced handset (much like the HTC Arrive with Sprint). While it's not the Lumia 920 that many were hoping for, the Lumia 820 does pack a number of intuitive features and improvements over the previous generation of hardware.

The Lumia 822 is set to be available in both grey and white variants, and while no details have been made available regarding launch dates, we can safely assume we're not far off should these images be indeed accurate. 

Verizon Device Management System

The Lumia 822 could be on its way

To recap on what the Lumia 820 will offer Verizon customers:

  • 4.3" AMOLED display with ClearBlack Tech
  • SnapDragon S4 processor
  • 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss Optics
  • VGA front facing camera
  • 1650mah Battery
  • 8GB of storage
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • MicroSD expansion
  • Wireless Charging
  • 4G

Verizon has also revealed it plans to carry a number of Windows Phones, so if customers don't see the like of the Lumia 920 coming on-board (possibly due to AT&T exclusivity), we could well be in for a treat with the Samsung ATIV S and the rumoured upcoming Windows Phone version of the HTC One X Android device. The Nokia event may be over, but we're still yet to see HTC take the stage to unveil their next Windows Phone(s).

What are your thoughts on Verizon's possible plans for world domination Windows Phone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Update: For what it's worth, we've also heard a Samsung i110WP is also listed aka a low- to mid-range device. We'll try to get more info.

Source: Engadget; thanks to all who tipped us!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.