Live from Nokia’s Lumia press conference

Daniel Bader

September 5, 2012 10:04am

We’re here in New York to follow Nokia’s Lumia announcements. Follow along with us to get the latest about the new products launched today.

10:00am – Nokia CEO Stephen Elop taking the stage. Says that the Lumia 800 was the first “real” Windows Phone on the market. Says China is the biggest Lumia market in the world.

10:04am – Windows Phone has 100,000 apps and growing – the fastest ecosystem in the world.

10:06am – Talking Asha. Bringing excellent data compression to India’s market — almost like a smartphone. Nokia has stabilized its smartphone business in the last quarter. Nice choice of words.

Challenging today’s shortcomings in smartphone experiences. Called Future Disruptions. Nokia wants to differentiate. Designs of the devices “are truly breaking through.”

Talking about optics and image capture. Also talking location and commerce. 4 out of 5 cards today use Nokia’s location and mapping capabilities.

10:08am – Nokia’s Drive, Transport and Maps for Lumia devices have been a huge differentiator for the Lumia line. Other companies are “placing bets” on Nokia’s mapping software. Nokia mapping will be fully integrated into Windows Phone 8.

10:10am – Jo Harlow on stage to talk new Lumia devices. Announces Lumia 920 as expected. “The most advanced smartphone in the world today.” “This is Lumia and it’s time to switch.”

PureView on board, HD Video+, wireless charging, City Lens.

The Lumia 920 “captures better pictures and video than any smartphone on the market.” We’ll see. Looks great, really nice design. Very beautiful, looks like a streamlined Lumia 900.

10:14am – Harlow talking about the amazing photos on the Lumia 920, especially when in low lighting. Talking excellent image stabilization. “Revolutionary imaging technology” – captures between 5 and 10 times the amount of light of a traditional smartphone camera. Has floating lens technology — reacts to minute movements in your hands, so the lens is more stable. Shutter stays open longer, for better lowlight photos.

10:16am – Also replaces your camcorder. Amazing smooth “professional-looking” video. Nokia wants to challenge conventional limitations of conventional cameras.

10:19am – Harlow talking Nokia mapping capabilities. City Lens is part of the new location suite — just came out of beta — using augmented reality. Will be pre-loaded onto all Lumia devices alongside Maps, Drive, Transport. Adding indoor maps to Nokia Maps in Windows Phone 8.

10:22am – Talking new 4.5-inch curved-glass “better than HD” display. Blur-free Scrolling. Screen technology is called PureMotion HD+…better than ClearBlack displays. Excellent bright sunlight viewability.

10:24am – 2000mAh battery inside the Lumia 920. Includes the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5Ghz. 30% more battery life than traditional Snapdragons.

Comes with built-in wireless charging just as expected. “Whenever you recharge, your phone can recharge too.” Recharge pillow. Hilarious.

10:25am – Comes with Qi Wireless Standard capabilities. Partnering with Fatboy for “recharge pillow.”

10:28am – Joe Belfiore going to give us a demo of Windows Phone 8 — “going to give you a preview of a few new things in Windows Phone 8.”

10:31am – Joe is talking about the new start screen, seeing what we saw back in June with the Windows Phone 8 unveiling.

10:32am – Core technology with Windows 8, shares app platform for developer. Bringing more and better apps to Windows Phone 8. All the previous Windows Phone 7 apps will scale up and look great on the HD screens on the new Windows Phone 8 devices.

10:35am – Talking CNN app and how it has been adjusted to support extra-large tiles in Windows Phone 8.

10:37am – Show us the new HTML5 capabilities of Internet Explorer 10. Sharing abilities in the new Windows Phone 8 interface. Power-home button screenshot capabilities. Biggest applause of the day with that feature announcement.

10:40am: Show us some Windows Phone 8 photo inception. Belfiore says he’s not going to show us any more features of Windows Phone 8 — that will be saved for a later conference (boo!) but he’ll spend the rest of the time focusing on photography.

The new photo app looks great, really simple. Can also engage other photo apps that plug into the Photo API directly from within the camera app. Very cool.

10:45am – SkyDrive will upload your photos in real time, presumably over LTE, from all photo apps, including Photosynth and other third-party apps, working seamlessly with the cloud.

10:47am – Burst mode shown off in the camera app. “Best shot” capabilities courtesy of the dedicated DSP in the Snapdragon S4 chip.

Belfiore talking “Blink” app, able to take multiple shots quickly and use an algorithm to choose the “computationally” best photo taken.

10:48am – Kevin Shields, Senior VP at Nokia now on stage.

Lumia 920 stands apart from the crowd. “Lipstick red”, “Slate grey”, “Yummy yellow” (OK, he didn’t say that). Harkens the return of the curved 2.5D glass screen from the Lumia 800.

Material is nearly impossible to scratch. Display is one of the best on the market, he says.

10:54am: Screen is brightest ever to hit a smartphone. Amazing contrast, too. Excellent sunlight viewability. Can also work when gloves are on. Shields put on big red mittens to use as an example. Very cool, especially for us Canadians.

10:56am: Showing off that JBL PowerUp that we showed you the other day. Supports NFC and wireless charging capabilities. Very, very cool demo. Seriously, that little box sounds amazing.

11:03am: New lenses in the camera app: Cinemagraph and Eraser functionality. AWESOME! You can take multiple photos in an art gallery, for example, and erase moving people from the scene using multiple photo exposures.

11:05am: Nokia will bring some of the improvements to the camera technology to existing Lumia devices. Very good news for Lumia 710, 800 and 900 users. Not sure about the Lumia 610.

11:06am: Talking new PureView camera assembly. Putting springs around the entire camera assembly. Dramatic affect for stabilization. Showing off a competitor’s high-end smartphone, in this case a Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III was noticeably more jittery. I’m not just saying it, it’s absolutely true.

11:08am: Showing off the excellent low-light capture capabilities in the Lumia 920. Where’s the Lumia 820? Hmmm…

11:10am: Oh, here it is! Nokia announces the 4.3-inch Lumia 820. Removable backing, replaceable shells. Wireless charging. All the same camera features as the 920 but doesn’t have the PureView camera.

11:13am: Stephen Elop back on the stage. Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. “World’s most innovative smartphone.”

11:15am: Steve Ballmer on stage, talking Windows Phone and Lumia partnership. Says “Nokia” awkwardly.

He’s saying, “This is the year of Windows.” This is definitely not a launch for Windows Phone 8. Won’t say when the phone is being released, nor the price. Sad but true — likely when Windows Phone 8 is officially announced later this year.

11:18am: Lots of talk about Microsoft’s ecosystem. Live, Xbox, SkyDrive, Bing. 400 million new devices by next year running Windows 8. Largest single opportunity available for software developers today. But will they all build for Windows Phone 8?

11:20am: Elop is eloquent, speaks with confidence. “Best way to capture photos and videos.”

Talking City Lens and how it’s joining the Location Suite in Lumia. “The world’s most innovative smartphone.”

That’s it, folks! Thanks for reading, and demos to come.

  • Jordan Hill

    “Is this BB10?”

    • some guy

      Yes. Yes it is. By the way, your Grandma asked me to tell you to move out of her basement and get a life. 🙂


  • some guy

    “The most advanced smartphone in the world today.”

    OK, I want to like your product… but that’s just BS and you know it!


      I’m sure Apple has a patent on that kind of BS.

    • some guy

      Haha you make a good point. Better watch out Nokia, Apple will drop the Ban-Hammer for false posturing! They own that racket.

  • mike


  • jellmoo

    Shut up and take my money!

  • Sadness

    Wow, this looks great!

  • LEKO

    Will it be enough to fight against the fruits and the little green robots?

    • some guy

      I hope it is enough to stir up the market a bit. Always a good thing when companies start to innovate bigger better ideas and put them into action.

  • Zorbsie

    This thing looks great! love the curved glass. Really love Nokia’s designs.

  • superfly

    Apple will sue Nokia for sure now. Doesn’t Nokia already know that Apple has already patented the mobile pillow. It will be passed out to attendees on sept. 12 along side the announcement of the iPhone 4s2. It is so everyone can fall asleep comfortably during the Apple keynote of all the revolutionary new awesome fantastic things it has.

  • David

    At least this looks like a real press conference than Apple’s propaganda show where you got fan boys going crazy every 5 seconds for just seeing a scroll of the screen.

  • js

    screenshots? peace out android.

  • TestMe


    • Drew

      I see what you did there. Drizzy!


    ryp rym

  • Bob c

    WOW screen shots lmao windows

  • Zorbsie

    Lipstick red, take my money!

  • Miknitro

    Not what I was expecting really.
    Hype an Bs, go figure.

  • earthspark

    wow wow wow…i just want to know when i can buy it?can’t wait to get it

  • Jared

    lol, Steve. I can’t wait to see ‘Naukia’ phones.

  • Hilman

    Nothing really exciting shown off, why would people switch to this from Android? I don’t see their market share hitting above 5-10% any time soon.

    • Nemet

      As someone who has owned several Android phones and a tablet, I can tell you exactly why I switched from Android to Windows Phone.
      It’s better. It’s slick, fast and the apps work well. I find Android to be relatively slow and clunky, even the latest versions still can’t seem to get past that sluggish feeling of the OS.
      On top of all that Windows Phone has a better music player than anything and Android developer has to offer.

      Microsoft is often late to the game, and they certainly were with Windows Phone, but I honestly think they’ve got the best OS out there.

  • iEtthy

    WTF?!?! thats it?!?!?! NEXT!!!!

  • WSK

    So, on the one hand, people complain that a phone is too common and not “exclusive” enough, therefore they don’t want it.

    Then people complain that Lumia’s will not capture a significant share of the market (thus remain uncommon) so they don’t want that, either.

    Make up your minds, already!

    Even though I’m fairly disgruntled with Nokia over their reluctance to provide good customer support to existing Lumia owners (re: MMS configuration), the 920 almost looks too good to pass up, grudge or no grudge.

  • Hilman

    @ Nemet, you have obviously never used a Jelly Bean device, the fluidity and smoothness is better than anything out there including iOS (or WP7).

    For the life of me, I don’t understand why people make a big deal out of live tiles, they are fugly and nowhere near as useful as Android widgets.

    • jellmoo

      Jellybean is a massive improvement, no doubt, but it still cannot match the fluidity of WP. The experience really is apples and oranges though.

      I’m of the opposite mindset. I find Android widgets to be fugly since they all look different and offer no unified experience.

    • jPhoneUser

      so 7million lumias sold and 1 million in q3. still symbian outselling nokia. lets get it over with msft , buy nokia out their stocks are 11% down. they r at 9B, i think it is better to spend 9B in this than skype for 8B.

  • jPhoneUser

    so a phone that takes better photos ? is that nokia’s selling point ? oh funny how 2010 , 2011 were also “the year of windows” .

  • Nitroslice

    agreed, although the yellow and red are a little too flashy for me, the gary slate should be rpetty cool. and the shape of the phone is very nice. The camera is whats going to set this apart (along with the nokia maps which are very good). hopefully apps i currently use with android will be available. (still a couple of months to create them windows… :)).
    Also windows across all types of hardware is interesting).
    Anyway, this phone doesn’t have to try hard to beat the new Iphone 5 look (i know not official, just leaks…), which seems boring, and same old.

  • abc123

    No doubt that W8 phones will require you to switch all your “cloud” services to windows compatible ones.

    This is where they will fail.

    Millions upon millions of smartphone users have invested years into google and apple cloud services and won’t be so eager to switch everything to MS just for a friggin’ phone.

    Who cares if it’s fluid or takes multiple pictures a second or it comes in yellow… What does it matter if it has the best built in music player when you can’t access your itunes library?

    If consumers can’t get their music, movies, magazines, pictures, email, contacts easily off their existing platform or if W8 doesn’t provide the same level of integration to other cloud services, it will be DOA.

    • mrdeeds72

      Ahhh… You are correct, the ecosystem is truly where Windows Phone 8 will succeed or fail. Where I disagree with you is that they will eventually succeed. All the ground work is there for this Windows ecosystem to capture the hearts and minds of the consumer. It will not happen overnight, this is a great next step.

  • Anrea

    Why did you have to have a S**ty OS like Windows inside such a beautiful phone? Sorry no buy! Not for me!!

  • Stupid


    Not real pure view.
    No sd card.
    185 grams? The only phones that weigh in that realm have keyboards.

    But it has windows 8. Which has built in screen shots. Woohoo!

  • glonq

    Screenshots! Welcome to 2008.