This year’s Black Friday sales are set to be complimented with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 822 and the HTC 8X Smartphones running the all-new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Verizon has just released a statement confirming the release dates of both devices, with the Nokia Lumia 822 hitting the shelves for $99.99 and the HTC 8X for $199.99 following mail-in rebates.
The announcement from Verizon also confirms that the Nokia Lumia 833 – exclusive to the carrier – will be offered in gray and white variants, while the HTC 8X will be available in red, blue and black.
Controversially taking Windows Phone 8 flagship status away from Nokia, the HTC 8X boasts enviable specs and features. Up-front lies a 4.3 inch touchscreen backed by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, along with a stunning 8-megapixel camera to the rear and a superb array of color options. The Nokia Lumia 822 on the other hand is no shrinking violet and offers superb specs and features for such a low price. Identically, the Lumia 822 boasts a 4.3-inch screen, dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of onboard storage.
Of course, the most important feature of all is that of the brand-new OS the two Verizon devices will carry – Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8. Closely resembling the new Windows 8 operating system in many ways, Windows Phone 8 represents Microsoft’s latest and most aggressive attempt yet at rivaling the likes of Apple and Android in the mobile market. Along with the release of the Surface RT Tablet, Microsoft is looking to not only create an all-encompassing corporate and domestic technology ecosystem for the first time, but also stride past RIM’s BlackBerry to take the coveted number-three position in terms of global mobile OS market share.
BlackBerry 10 has been earmarked for a Q1 2013 release date, giving Microsoft all the time in the world to bring Windows Phone 8 into the lives of millions the world over.