CES 2012 Nokia Press Conference - Completed

We're here at Nokia's press event at Consumer Electronics Show 2012, and this one's going to be big. What are we expecting? Probably a whole ton of Windows Phone news. 

Join us at 3PM PST to find out "what's next" for Nokia. At least, in the USA.

Neowin Live - This event has concluded

22:25 Owen Williams Welcome to this Neowin.net live event. Coverage will begin shortly.
22:26 Owen Williams Just waiting in line....
22:39 Brad Sams Hi everyone, we just sat down at the nokia event...a very small room. Not everyone who was in line will get in
22:41 Brad Sams To loud to hear the music, some smooth jazz it sounds
22:44 Owen Williams Same "see the amazing, everyday" branding we've seen everywhere else so far.
22:46 Brad Sams Seating the last people, packed house, lots of people left standing outside
22:50 Brad Sams Lots of Lumia 800s floating around the floor.
22:51 Brad Sams Lights just turned on, should be starting in about 10 minutes
22:52 Owen Williams Steve Elop just said on Twitter: "Ready to take the stage, and to re-enter the American market at CES #nokia"
22:55 Brad Sams lots of excitement in the air, still waiting, some very zen like music going on
22:57 Brad Sams No new photos yet, nothing has changed since the initial one at the bottom of the feed
22:58 Brad Sams Nearly time to start
22:59 Brad Sams Nearly time to start
22:59 Brad Sams Nearly time to start
22:59 Brad Sams Small hiccup on the connection!
23:01 Brad Sams Should be starting any second...
23:02 Brad Sams "Thanks for joining us here to talk about Nokia's re-entry into the market"
23:02 Brad Sams Stephen Elop has taken the stage
23:02 Brad Sams "Thanks for joining us, happy to be here"
23:03 Brad Sams First part of new strategy was to focus on affordable market...aka featurephones
23:03 Brad Sams Now bringing new phones to makret, aha 201,301 that line of phones.. affordable phones to the masses
23:03 Brad Sams Listing all the countries that they are in...
23:04 Brad Sams The second pillar of strategy is smartphone, nokia is in the war on ecyosystmes
23:04 Brad Sams Nokia took Windows Phone is the next pillar...talking about lumia 800, 710
23:04 Brad Sams Both products were shipped ahead of schedule
23:05 Brad Sams once inside lumia, quickest way to connect with friends, talking about windows phone and how great it is
23:05 Brad Sams Lumia family products gives you nokia drive, and other perks
23:06 Brad Sams building up the lumia brand, again listing all the countries it on sale
23:06 Brad Sams January 11, lumia 710 hits T-Mobile
23:06 Brad Sams Lumia is quality and well price smartphone
23:07 Brad Sams Lumia is aimed at the heart of the new strategy, with lumia their intent has been to establish beachheads in this ecosystem war
23:07 Brad Sams There is a lot more that Nokia can do, esp in the USA
23:07 Brad Sams Nokia is announcing the third device in the product portfolio, the Lumia 900
23:08 Brad Sams Showing promo videa, currently, snapping pcis.
23:08 Brad Sams Carl Zeis lens, AT&T branding shown
23:08 Brad Sams The Lumia 900 desiged with the US consumer in mind
23:08 Brad Sams Lumia 900 LTE, exclusively to AT&T
23:09 Brad Sams Designed for the NA consumer, rich media experience... available in black and cyan. 4.3 amoled clearblack display
23:09 Brad Sams 1830 mAH battery
23:10 Brad Sams Primary lens will be carl zeiss lens, no surprise here, and it has a front facing camera
23:10 Owen Williams More colors later...
23:10 Brad Sams Lumia 900 fits in your hand nicely, built on windows phone...
23:10 Brad Sams first windows phone built and designed for the north american market.
23:11 Brad Sams talking about its bold design,
23:12 Brad Sams We gave the lumia 900 amoled display, amoled produces deeper black, reduces glare
23:12 Owen Williams The device has "circular polarizing technology" for the best blacks, only on Nokia
23:12 Brad Sams it's shape reflects that of the N9 and lumia 800...one piece of polycarbinate
23:12 Brad Sams The color of the device is literally baked in to the material, it is not painted on
23:13 Brad Sams The design was balanced with cameras, they do not bulk orr phones, F2.2 aperture lens, 28mm focal length and wide mode function
23:14 Brad Sams Showing off its wide lens capability
23:15 Brad Sams Basic idea, is capture closer moments with wider angle with the Lumia 900
23:15 Owen Williams The below image is from a "traditional" smartphone camera...
23:15 Brad Sams Now using a black device, f2.4 aperture lens on front facing camera...gets a wide angle lens too
23:15 Owen Williams And this is on the Lumia 900
23:16 Brad Sams Touting windows phone again about how great it is.
23:16 Brad Sams talking about facebook chat integration, nothing new here.
23:17 Brad Sams RUnning over nokia drive about how it makes it the best phone, showing auto screen rotation
23:18 Owen Williams The device on screen is laaaagging
23:18 Brad Sams now showing the cnn application...nothing new here
23:19 Brad Sams Showing off cnn i-reporter app, wrapping up why nokia is great etc
23:19 Brad Sams Elop back on stage, "working with many partners, espn, cnn, ea, acc, michelin, sesame street" for unique content
23:20 Brad Sams working with EA to bring products first to Nokia, sounds like timed exclusive for the products
23:20 Brad Sams Steve Ballmer now on tage!
23:20 Brad Sams he is on stage, he is please to be here
23:21 Brad Sams He is congratulating Nokia on the launch, partnership was announced about a year ago.
23:21 Brad Sams "Reviews have been fantastic, eliminating friction, has been excellent"
23:22 Brad Sams about 50k apps in the marketplace, according to Ballmer
23:22 Brad Sams Nokia got off to a fast start, less than a year from concept to delivering the products.
23:23 Brad Sams Lumia 900 represent another incredible milestone, LTE is critical for the US market
23:23 Brad Sams Ballmer just made some loving noises while holding the lumia 900
23:23 Brad Sams AT&T has sold more Windows Phones than any other carrier...big tie for MS to AT&T
23:24 Brad Sams Lumia will pay off for Microsoft according to Ballmer
23:24 Brad Sams Elop talking now, ballmer still on stage
23:24 Brad Sams What the Lumia means to AT&T, Ralph de le vega is now on stage
23:25 Brad Sams Steve, Steve and Ralph all on stage
23:25 Brad Sams AT&T will be the first carrier to deliver LTE Windows Phones to market
23:25 Brad Sams The lumia 900 is the best of the past and part of the future
23:25 Brad Sams Lumia will be offered in the coming months
23:25 Owen Williams How vague is that?!
23:26 Brad Sams AT&T says no one has sold more, but does not give a number
23:26 Brad Sams Doing a photo op of holding their phones...elop now the only one on stage
23:27 Brad Sams In the months ahead it will go on sale, will announce more in the coming weeks
23:27 Brad Sams Nokia is delivering a real Windows Phone to the market..now on to Q&A
23:28 Brad Sams q1) Any plans to expand to sprint/verizon?
23:28 Brad Sams A) only announceing lumia 900, they do aspire to get to more carriers (consumers)
23:28 Brad Sams q2) how will lumia 900 get equal facetime
23:29 Brad Sams a2) our superior product and user experience will help it stand out
23:29 Brad Sams a2 cont ) critical compent is the partner, AT&T and get AT&T to push their products...to make sure they are well educated
23:30 Brad Sams q3) How do you differentiate your product without fragmenting windows phone
23:31 Brad Sams a3) he is happy competitors are introducing phones, they will not introduce api that are different than other phones...takes a dig a google
23:31 Brad Sams q4) pricing, when will it be introduced, sales in eu?
23:31 Brad Sams a4) no price yet, pricing will be aggressively, no sales results for EU as its a quite period for the company
23:32 Brad Sams q5) lots of nokia devices are lower end, when will we see lower end phones transition to wp?
23:33 Brad Sams a5) Windows Phone will be pushed down to make lower priced windows phone in the future
23:33 Brad Sams q6) what about more storage options?
23:34 Brad Sams a6) dodging the questions, saying that they are considering the requirements
23:34 Brad Sams q7) plans to enter other markets?
23:35 Brad Sams a7) will enter other markets, its a rollout pattern, lumia will be available will be broad
23:35 Brad Sams A7 cont) lots more expansion to come
23:35 Brad Sams q8) where is nokia drive content coming from
23:36 Brad Sams a8) it's coming from navteq...
23:37 Brad Sams q9) you have been quoted that you wouldnt enter the tablet market unless it was unique
23:37 Brad Sams a9) we need to differentiate, our products
23:38 Brad Sams q10) how are communicating that you dont need quad core power?
23:39 Owen Williams LTE has power implications... they've bumped the battery size to compensate for this.
23:39 Brad Sams a10) very cognizant of power issues, want to point out that quad core vs dual core not big
23:40 Owen Williams q11) Is NFC coming?
23:40 Owen Williams a11) Nokia is very big on NFC, but they decided that it was not a priority "right now" and they expect it to be a bigger priority later.
23:41 Owen Williams q12) Any interest in acquiring RIM?
23:41 Owen Williams a12) *laughs* There's no interest in it, but we'll look at focussing on the business market later.
23:41 Owen Williams And now he's leaving the stage...
23:41 Owen Williams Thats it folks.
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All carriers love Android because manufacturers pay them a certain price for each one sold. It's all commission based, so employees will sell the one they get comission on. That being said, if the rumor is true of Microkia of spending $200 million on advertising and incentives, then watch for a big bang of Windows Phones in people's hands really soon.

Quite frankly, I don't think Sprint or Verizon really care about Windows Phone. Sprint seems to be following the path of Verizon in marrying themselves to junk Android phones.

I love it when device manufacturer's can't even keep a device running smoothly at a premier event. Maybe they're hoping it will have the same effect as Windows 95 BSODing on Bill back in the day when he was demoing it, and speaking of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer at the Nokia conference? Guess he was too bored since microsoft wasn't actually putting anything on...