Amidst the unveiling of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 today, Verizon announced the upcoming arrival of three Windows-equipped smartphones from Nokia, HTC and Samsung, just in time for the holidays.
Speaking at a press event today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put the rumors to rest, sharing that the Nokia Lumia 822 will be available in the coming months on Big Red's network, while the HTC 8X is set to ship by Thanksgiving, and the ATIV Odyssey by Samsung will be offered in December.
Nokia Lumia 822
The announcement marked a milestone for Verizon, as the Lumia 822 will be the first Nokia Windows phone offered by the carrier. An exclusive only available from this telecom, the Nokia smartphone will sell for $100 with a two-year contract, though no exact release date was given. However, unconfirmed reports of the 4.3-inch handset, with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, suggest that it may launch on Nov. 12.
With a price tag of $200, the 8X by HTC will pack a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, with 16GB of non-expandable on-board storage. The handset will sport a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. Running on Verizon's 4G LTE network, the 8X will also feature NFC capability, a built-in audio amplifier and dual cameras ? with an 8-megapixel one in the rear and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter. The HTC 8X will also be available on AT&T and T-Mobile by November.
Samsung ATIC Odyssey
Rounding out the group will be the ATIV Odyssey. While no specific price was given, the phone can be expected to launch sometime in December, bringing Samsung's own Metro-tinged experience to Verizon customers. Microsoft remained mum on most details of the device, even using a placeholder graphic rather than Samsung's real-world design. Although it will bear the Odyssey codename, the handset may not be far off from a GSM equivalent, giving it a Snapdragon S4 chipset, LTE connectivity and 8- and 2-megapixel cameras.
While it remains to be seen if the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will sport the Super AMOLED screen that has become a trademark on most of the manufacturer's smartphones, the addition of this device to Verizon's lineup means the carrier will be offering more than just the basics when it comes to Windows Phones.
As it aims to take on Google's Android and Apple's iOS for a space in the mobile operating system market, Microsoft is positioning itself nicely, with three of the nation's largest carriers in line to sell Windows 8 devices, including AT&T with the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, which are expected by November, and T-Mobile, which will offer the Lumia 810 in the same month. HTC isn't doing so bad eigher, as all three of thes carriers will offer the HTC 8X.