If you don't care about the touchscreen or the camera, I'd do the 822. That has a removable battery and expandable storage to I believe 72 gigs, not too sure about that though. The 920 is locked to 32 gigs.
Nokia EOS with 41 megapixel PureView camera in works
This has some details about it. What's REALLY interesting about the leaked images of the purported device is that they were leaked back around a year ago in April, BEFORE Windows Phone 8 was announced, BEFORE the new Start button on Windows Phone 8 was shown, and obviously a year ago. So it's basically not a question of if, but when. Some rumors have it being released this summer. There is definite chatter going around from some Nokia sources/contacts about this Windows Phone, but they've remained rather tight lipped about it.
Nokia 808 PureView Time-Lapse Film - Original images, no photo editing - YouTube
If you go around on youtube looking up Nokia 808 PureView camera, you'll find some ABSOLUTELY stunning photography! Just wow! Watch the video I linked at 1080p if you can or at least 720, you'll poop the bed!
Oh, and also, there were some financial filings by Nokia recently that seems to peg out that Microsoft might actually be releasing a Surface Phone.
Honestly, those two Windows Phones aren't a question of if, but really when.
How is the 900? I'm due for a necessary upgrade to an actual phone (I made the mistake of getting an iPhone) and I don't know if I can wait until the 920 comes to Verizon or of I should wait for a future Windows Phone to be releases.
I can tell you one thing for SURE, there are some menial refinements in 8 that aren't in 7.8 that you will notice. They aren't huge differences, but just so simple little things that actually make me want to go for sure on Windows Phone 8 for those little things. The 900 I must say is a REAL nice device. It's Nokia, so they will keep bringing new Windows Phone 8 content, as much as possible, to the 900 as they can. Some apps like Cinemagraph were recently just brought over to the elder Lumia handsets. But my gripe now from using a 920 is the storage (how did I live with 16 gigs), camera (this is obvious as the 920 PureView is just WOW), and the speaker (the 920 has a real LOUD speaker with a very good bass that I'm missing). If you HAVE to upgrade, the 900 isn't a bad choice. Actually, what network are you on first off?
Also, the Lumia 928 (Verizon 920 variant) should be released soon. When? Can't say for sure nor will I. I bet it's May, because there is a current rumor of Instagram being ported over FINALLY for Windows Phone 8 that could be a May release on Nokia handsets, and what better phone to released to use something like that? A PureView handset! There are some leaked images of pictures the camera on it supposedly has taken, but it's something no one knows for sure. Such a handset MIGHT be the aluminum thinner 920 codenamed Catwalk, again, no one knows for sure. But, some journalist/blogger was shown it recently at MWC and said it was just amazing. That on Verizon (which is known for demanding over the top high end handsets to sell for some odd reason) will be real well. I've personally been spotting the Lumia 822 from Verizon in public, so if those are doing nicely over the HTC 8X, then the 928 has SERIOUS potential. BUT WINDOWS PHONE 8 NEEDS THE MAINSTREM APPS!!!
I am on Verizon and oh I did not know that the 920 when adopted by Verizon would be renamed!!! You seem to know so much about this! I just really want a Windows Phone that's amazing and worth it!
I DO know a lot about the Windows Phone.
Generally, Nokia has been doing number changes on their main handsets as to configure them for THAT carrier. The Lumia 520, a lower end handset, will be released in Europe and then then the 521 for the US on T Mobile will be released as well.
If you're on Verizon, you won't be able to use the Lumia 900, that's a GSM handset that Verizon can't support. The HTC 8X is ok, but the Lumia 822 on Verizon is pretty solid. Honestly, that is WAY better than the 8X I have to say. It has the ClearBlack display and I think super sensitive touch like the 920, I can tell you a ClearBlack display is nothing but GORGEOUS! Blacks are black, whites are white, and colors are juicy! It has a microSD card port which I would really want for sure, so you can get like a total of roughly 68 gigs of free space to do whatever. The camera on that one I believe is similar to the 900's Carl Zeiss camera lens, so it's real decent, not a 920, but real decent.
If you must upgrade right away, the 822 is a real good pick you can't go wrong with.
But there is always the 928 in the works, that I bet will be a summer release, maybe May. The reason why the rumor is May and why I think it might be May as well is because that's about six, seven months after the 920 was released, and there is speculation that att will start allowing unlocks on the att handsets to be used on a different GSM carrier. When the Lumia 900 was released last April, they started unlocking them in October, when the 920 was released. So it could potentially follow that path.