Nokia Lumia 822 Available in Red on January 24

UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan 23 - Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Nokia Lumia 822 will be available in Red starting Thursday, Jan. 24 online and in stores. 

Nokia has announced its first Lumia smartphone for Verizon Wireless, the Nokia Lumia 822, which brings together high performance and unique industrial design in an affordable package.

Designed specifically for the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, the Lumia 822 pairs Nokia’s renowned hardware design with Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 operating system and includes Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia City Lens. 

The Lumia features a bright 4.3-inch display with ClearBlack technology, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 16 gigabytes of memory and a MicroSD slot for up to 32 gigabytes of added storage. Coupled with a removable 1800mAH battery, the Lumia 822 is a powerful smartphone that’s able to get you through the day.

Nokia has made a strategic decision to focus on wireless charging, and the Nokia Lumia 822 joins the party thanks to the optional Nokia Wireless Charging Shell. It works seamlessly with accessories such as the Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-900, the Nokia Wireless Charging Pillow by Fatboy and the JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker. Accessories will be available within coming weeks.

The best camera is the one you have with you, and fortunately the Nokia Lumia 822 is equipped with an 8-megapixel shooter featuring advanced Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash. A front facing camera with 720p HD resolution provides the ability to connect face-to-face with friends and family. It also has two microphones for superior audio recording. 

Customers will enjoy 4G LTE coverage and speeds in more than 410 markets across the United States. The Lumia 822 is also a Global Ready smartphone and offers voice in over 220 countries and data in over 205 countries. 

Also available on the Nokia Lumia 822 is Nokia Music, free streaming music service, which includes a collection of more than 17 million tracks. Nokia Music allows users to create personal playlists, or select from hundreds of specially curated mixes drawn from the Nokia Music collection

Exclusively for Verizon Wireless, the Lumia 822 will be available in white, black and grey by Thanksgiving for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract.