Microsoft is on the verge of officially unveiling its Windows 8 operating system, and as its release date approaches, more information on its related products is beginning to emerge. According to what is believed to be a leaked internal document, two new Windows Phone 8 devices will be released for Verizon on Nov. 12.
HTC’s Windows Phone 8X has allegedly appeared on Verizon’s Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) listing, which was published on Android Central on Wednesday. The HTC handset is listed as $199 on contract, and is expected to be made available in blue, black and red on Nov. 12.
Another Windows Phone 8 device, Nokia’s Lumia 822, will also hit Verizon stores that day according to the purported document. Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 is listed as $99.99 on contract and will also come in different colors such as gray and white.
This addition to Verizon’s lineup doesn’t come as much of a surprise. It was recently revealed that Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920 and its lower-priced 820 will be exclusive to AT&T for at least six months, prompting speculation that Verizon would release its own variant of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8. If this leaked MAP turns out to be accurate, these rumors may prove to be correct.
The allegedly leaked document also mentions an unannounced handset from HTC referred to as the “HTC DROID DNA.” Although the device has yet to be officially announced, the paperwork indicates that it will sell for $199.99 and will launch on Nov. 20.
Windows Phone 8 devices weren’t the only smartphones mentioned on the list. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 will be available for purchase through Verizon starting today, but no announcement has been made. Samsung could be saving this bit of news for its New York City event that will take place tonight at 7 p.m. EST. T-Mobile was the first to roll out its Galaxy Note 2 sales in the U.S., as Samsung Mobile USA’s officially Twitter account revealed on Wednesday morning.
As Microsoft gears up to release Windows 8, its Surface tablet and other Windows Phone 8 devices, it seems to be bolstering up its app store. On Wednesday it was announced that Windows Phone Marketplace has surpassed the 125,000 apps milestone, with a total of 126,530 apps published over the course of 20 months. This information comes from All About Windows Phone, a Microsoft mobile-themed news blog that has been correct about Marketplace apps in the past.
While this may be an accomplishment for Microsoft’s budding mobile presence, the company still has a long way to go before it catches up to its long-standing rival. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the iOS App Store is flooded with more than 700,000 apps at its San Jose event on Tuesday.
Microsoft will be holding a separate event on Oct. 29 to officially welcome Windows Phone 8 to the mobile market. This line of Windows-branded handsets are expected to hit stores in November, but we’ll learn more about this from Microsoft next week.