New Lumia debuting via extremely dramatic and loud video. PureView, unibody chassis, Snapdragon S4 processor all shown inside.
The soundtrack to this intro video for the 920 sounds like "The Dark Knight Returns with a New Lumia Phone"
"We're ready to take the next step." New Lumias on the way. This is where we get our money shot.
Jo Harlow on stage, Executive VP at Nokia.
Elop: Nokia's concentrated R&D, consolidating management, working more closely with partners (ie Microsoft). This is putting icing on a company that's been in some serious financial trouble.
Also mentioning Maps in that future-proofed tech. Nokia Maps really are pretty great. The change from Bing maps in WP8 was a great, great addition.
Notably photography and optics, certainly one of the company's coolest new techs in the form of PureView. Great example of a future feature arriving early.
Elop talking about the importance of future technologies and materials—how new phones will be built and designed far in advance.
Lots of talk about low price Nokia phones in India—a little interlude before the interesting stuff, here.
App ecosystem growing 3x faster after Nokia joined
Elop: 100,000+ apps for WP
That "first true Windows Phone" schtick has always been weird. Especially now that we know all WP7 and 7.5 phones will be left behind post-WP8 rapture.
I'm glad someone is buying them!
Elop says China quickly becoming largest WP market in the world.
Lumia 800, "the first true Windows Phone"
Shots fired at boring ol' black rectangle phones.
Funnest name in tech: Elop Elop Elop Elop Elop.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is on the stage.
Here we gooooooo!
We should be starting any moment now.
And they do. That start screen is the best home screen you can find on a smartphone right now.
Let's be honest though: That start screen is the face of Windows Phone 8. It's what Microsoft is counting on to get regular people to look at this thing and say, Whoa, cool, I want that thing.
Probably a safe bet that those are the colors we'll see new Lumias in today. Accessorize!
Although to be honest, I am probably just going to fill it up with variously sized photos of Ballmer's dome.
Man, the giant phone just turned on with the Windows Phone 8 start screen. I love that thing pretty hard.
Headphones, docks, maybe chargers. Yellow, white, red.
The cloth is removed. Looks like a bunch of audio accessories.
What's under this cloth?!
We're definitely close. There are so many tech bloggers here. I feel like I'm getting my recommended daily dose of Cheetos just by breathing the air.
Oh nevermind, more serene music. But we're still very close to kickoff here!
The music is softening. We're... so... close..
Screw it, let's just go with rabbit ears.
Just give it an external antenna.
Yeah. I loved the 800 more than anything. Much more than the 900, actually. But so much of Nokia's thrust is built on NFC, and it's really, really hard to make a small LTE phone because of battery concerns.
I do hope there's a tiny new Lumia to match the 800, which was a gorgeous work of design, but that's probably not in the cards.