Nokia hosted a small, private concert last night with artist Ed Sheeran (headliner for Taylor Swift) in New York City. I expected a launch for the rumored Nokia Lumia 928, but Nokians told me when I got there that we wouldn’t see anything new. I later found out they weren’t telling the whole truth.
The audience was a select group of media and influencers. I talked to some tech bloggers, fashion bloggers, and culture bloggers. Many of them were given Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones to check out, take photos and shoot videos.
I thought the event was about the Nokia Lumia 920, but it wasn’t. I noticed several devices covered in black cases on tripods, monopods, and even carried by a few people walking around. It matched the description of the rumored Nokia Lumia 928. The xenon flash was unmistakable. I think the event was was set up to be filmed with several Nokia Lumia 928 devices. Nokia will probably publish this video during the launch.
Here are some photos of the devices:
The back of the devices at the event matched what we’ve seen on the Nokia Lumia 928 leaks already. It has xenon flash and roundish speakers on the back. The top of the Nokia Lumia 928 has the audio jack on the left and a microUSB or HDMI port in the center.
I stood next to one of the guys holding the Nokia Lumia 928 and noticed a white light go on for about 2 seconds every time he took a photo. The flash wasn’t brief so it couldn’t have been the xenon flash. I think it was the focus assist light.
It was a great night. I wish I got to play with the Nokia Lumia 928, though. We probably don’t have to wait long before it goes official.