Mobile phone carrier Verizon Wireless has cut the price of its Nokia Lumia 822 handset in half, only a few weeks after making the smartphone official on its network.Launched in early November at $99.99 with the signing of a two-year contract agreement, the smartphone is now available for purchase at only $49.99 through the wireless carrier’s website.
Lumia 822, the special Verizon flavor of Nokia’s Lumia 820 smartphone, is an appealing device, yet its seems that it might have not seen the demand that Verizon was expecting.
Verizon customers interested in the acquisition of this smartphone can also grab it contract-free, yet they would have to pay $449.99 for it in this case.
Running under Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 operating system, the smartphone provides users with access to Big Red’s 4G LTE network, as well as with a nice range of other features and capabilities.
It was launched with a 4.3-inch touchscreen ClearBlack OLED display that can deliver a WVGA 800x480 pixel resolution, and which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
Furthermore, it packs a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor inside, along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.
On the back, the smartphone packs an 8-megapixel photo snapper with support for full HD video recording, complemented by a 1.2MP front camera for making video calls.
Nokia Lumia 822 also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, Mobile Hotspot capabilities, NFC, built-in GPS receiver, and a 1800 mAh Li–Polymer battery inside (it can also offer wireless charging, courtesy of additional shells that are being sold separately).
Lumia 822 was also launched with various Nokia applications loaded on it, exclusive for the company’s Windows Phone 8 devices, such as Nokia Maps, Nokia City Lens, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music, and more. At the same time, it also offers support for all WP8 apps available in the Windows Phone Store.