While Verizon is still mum on specific release dates for its upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and the Nokia Lumia 822, the carrier has announced a pre-order for both devices that will begin tomorrow, offering those who wish to run these device’s on the carrier’s network a chance to buy early.
The carrier made the announcement today just a few days after it made both the Lumia 822 and the Windows Phone 8X official for its network. The carrier says that it will begin taking pre-orders for both devices starting tomorrow at 1AM EST which means that those who live on the west coast will be able to pre-order them starting at 11PM today.
It’s at that point that we should get a good idea about when the devices might land on Verizon’s network given that the carrier will likely provide pre-orderers with a Ship By date which will then tip off a possible release date.
Thus far, Verizon remains mum about any sort of specific release dates for these two devices, though, it has said that they will arrive by Thanksgiving which takes place on November 22nd. That means that Verizon has a pretty small window to release these two Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
In addition to these two devices, Verizon will also launch the Samsung ATIV Odyssey by the end of the year.
The Windows Phone 8X will be Verizon’s flagship Windows Phone 8 device. It features a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 1GB of RAM. We also expect the device to come with wireless charging support though Verizon likely won’t bundle in the wireless charger like AT&T is doing with the Nokia Lumia 920.
As for the Lumia 822, it’s similar to the Lumia 820 as it features a 4.3-inch display with an 800×480 resolution. It also has a similar dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor as other mid-range Windows Phone 8 devices. The phone has an 8MP rear-facing camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and a 1.2MP HD front-facing camera for video chat.
The Nokia Lumia 822 will come with a $99.99 price tag on-contract with a rebate attached while the Windows Phone 8X doesn’t have an official price just yet. A Best Buy listing pegged its price at $199.99 and that should be the price that customers run into tomorrow when the pre-orders start.