America's No. 1 network carrier Verizon Communications Inc.(NYSE:VZ) and Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) on Monday announced the launch of Nokia Lumia 822, a variant of the Lumia 820 unveiled by European handset maker last month.
"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."
Nokia two smartphones unveiled last month - Lumia 920 and 820 - are being tweaked to suit the requirements of the network carriers who will be selling the phones as a bundled offering.
The Nokia Lumia 822 has 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. It comes with the Nokia Drive, a voice navigation system and Nokia City Lens, an enhancement to its location services.
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 favourite artists without disruption, both online and offline so consumers can listen to their favourite playlists anytime, anywhere.
The Nokia Lumia 822 is powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software which is being launched today in San Francisco by the company.