T-Mobile’s Lumia 820 variant, the 810, looks just like the 820. There are some tiny differences with component layout, meaning that its replaceable shells aren’t directly compatible with the 820’s, but with extra shells of its own set to become available, that’s not a problem. The Verizon version of the hardware on the other hand, the Lumia 822, has an altogether different look. According to some new tipster info, that also means no swappable backplates.
According to the same source, the 822 feels a bit cheap and plastic-y. He confirmed that the microSD slot is still in place, and also noted some of the expected Nokia customizations, like the presence of Nokia Maps. It sounds like software’s not quite ready to go for the 822 just yet, as it’s not recognized by Zune nor Windows itself, though that’s not entirely unexpected for an unreleased device.
Supposedly, when the 822 finally goes up for sale, it will launch with the bargain-basement price of just about $50 on-contract. Could that be cheap enough to finally tempt some more users into trying Windows Phone for the first time?