Nokia holding “world premier” event in Moscow later this month; details remain scarce though as to what it is

Nokia has sent out invites to a few Russian Windows Phone sites, including for an August 28th event. The invite, always a good source for clues, simply shows a piano keyboard along with the “world premier” and date written across.

Speculation on the conservative side would suggest the launch of Nokia Music, but that is already up and running in that region. Perhaps a keyboarded device? Maybe but so far there has been zero indication that Nokia would make such a phone, in fact, they have been adamant in the past that they won’t.  And as WP7Forum point out, it would be odd to have a “world premier” for an accessory, though we suppose anything is possible.

One cannot also discount the possibility of another Asha series device, which would have little implication for Windows Phone users. Finally, the device in question could be a Lumia tailored for the Russian market, akin to the Lumia 928 for Verizon.

But at this point, there is little to go on—probably just the way Nokia likes it. We’ll keep digging though for clues.


Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • the default lock screen image on Surface RT was a piano.
  • This was exactly my thought. It used to be my lockscreen wallpaper too.
  • In soviet Russia, cell phone buys YOU
  • Haha, though we don't have soviets here anymore :)
  • ^lol
    So possibly an RT tablet from Nokia? Something we have all Ben waiting for?
  • In which county? All Windows 8 devices I've seen (including my Surface RT) had the Seattle Space Needle as the wallpaper.
  • Nokia Tablet! :)
    Because everyone knows the iPad is good for playing chopsticks.
  • But why then in Moscow and not in a larger city like New York or any other?
  • There's also the fact that we haven't been invited and so far, it doesn't look like the Verge or Engadget has either.
  • I was wondering when Xbox One comes out will we have an update to log in our Xbox accounts on our phones with our Xbox One account???
  • uhm..... not sure if serious...
  • Why should always be US? Moscow is big enough.
  • It's not size it's access to world media. Otherwise, anywhere in China or India would be better than Moscow.
  • Depends.... If Poetin approves of this, the entire Russian media will be on it ;)
  • Just make sure he doesn't steal the demo unit like he did Robert Krafts Super Bowl ring,allegedly
  • India is a developing country don't be racist :P
  • I think and hope you were just joking with that "racist" call.
  • Moscow has 35% more inhabitants than NYC. 
  • A bit off topic, but Moscow is the worlds 5th largest city. New York ranks in at number 18. ;)
  • None of that matters. NYC is considered a major media capital of the world. That's why it is chosen for big announcements.  The actual population of a city has zero to do with choice for product announcements. It's so irrelevant I can't believe a few of you are bringing it up. It's about media access. No one from major sites or news outlets will fly to Moscow for a major device announcement that has world wide implications. 
  • So you are saying if Apple were to announce their next device in Moscow, no one would fly there?
  • He's saying Apple won't. End of story.
  • Nope. I read again, can't see it anywhere. Are you his lawyer? Should I be worried?
  • @ why this place can't be #Mumbai. World press is interested in anything happens in Mumbai. And they are here already.
    This event is for Russia only with nothing or little to do with us.
    It's just Nokia wants our attention That's why It's called world premier I guess.
    no offence.
  • Nokia shares it around some. What's the problem? One exclusive hands on review by is not going to kill this site. probably Moscow because of new Nokia exclusive app - gaycatcher. Earn $$$ from Putin for spotting and ratting on them
  • Actually, by population, NYC = 8th in the world and Moscow is 16th.  At least if Wikipedia is correct.
    By other factors (Urban area etc.) they all juggle around.
    We are so OT...
  • Actually in Moscow area there is over 11 million people (registered) and with non-reg together over 15 m. New York area there is 8.2 million. But none of this is not relevant, as Daniel said. It's all about how media is involved in smart/cellphone business.
  • Wikipedia quotes this as their source for largest cities "Agglomerations".  For NYC this includes Newark, Bridgeport and New Haven.
    21 Million.
    But none of this is relevant, as Daniel said. It's all about how media is involved in smart/cellphone business.
  • Actually Moscow is bigger than NYC with population of 20 millions ;)
  • In Moscow lives 10 billion people. I'm from Russia, and it hurts my feelings.
  • Maybe winter olympics thing
  • Free vodka? :)
  • Where's my app just notified me about a new app, but my screen turned off before I could see it. Anybody Know what it was?
  • If only there was a notification center...
  • If only Dk92 would turn his phone back on...
  • They're saying notification center is coming in gdr3. One can only hope.
  • Who is they? I've only heard in 8.1
  • I'd put money on tablet.
  • It cant be something huge like a tablet right? Otherwise wpcentral would've surely received an invite.
  • That's our guess. No other English tech sites seem to have been invited either (though it's still early).
  • It's the new vodka-app ;)
  • But it can't be about a device tailored to the Russian market either. It would be silly to preface a Russia-only release with "world premier". If there's anything truly "worldly" coming, the invites will come.
  • So where's WPCentral's invite??  
  • GDR 8 billion
  • I totally thought that picture was of an awesome Russian skyscraper.
  • Search in wiki "Moscow City".
  • Maybe it's the GDR2 release date for the 8x on Verizon, cause, you know, we're still waiting for that!
  • Before anyone comments that the 8x isn't a Nokia, I'm just being snarky.
  • Maybe GDR3 for Ativ
  • Well, I guess it could be a world premier of a company making announcements for another..
  • Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
  • The 8X isn't a Nokia
  • Sadly, the tech blogger world (and, by extension, the mobile device suppliers and therefore the consumers themselves) is so obsessed with thinness and lightness that I doubt Nokia would dare release a phone with a keyboard akin to the Dell Venue -- look at the undeserved scorn poured on the Lumia 920 simply for being a bit thicker and heavier than the iPhone 5 (despite being far fuller-featured).
    I think the piano/RT lockscreen link is a little too obscure and that this announcement will be simply something Nokia Music related.  We'd surely have heard more by now if it was related to the tablet or phablet rumours.
  • To Russia with love Nokia and WP8
  • It's something for Russian market for sure.
    otherwise wpcentral would have got an invite.
  • Why would they bill it a "world premier" if it was something for the Russian market only?
  • Just to get attention of the world that nokia is doing something.
    It's just a buzz for people around the world.
    Nothing for rest.. Will check it out. Surely nothing special for us.
    And @Daniel why this place can't be #Mumbai. World press is interested in anything happens in Mumbai. And they are here already.
  • To make it seem special, maybe? If a Nokia Lumia 927 solely for the Russian market is announced, it's a world premiere even if it's just a slightly modified 920...
  • What a shame they chose a country who is giving shelter to an American wanted for espionage & a place where being homosexual is wrong
  • Nowhere is perfect these days. And perfection is in the eye of the beholder.
  • I guess Nokia went around the politics of it all. Again, could be a Russia exclusive. Da Comrades!!!
  • You mean an american who spoke the truth!!
  • I didn't say he's wrong. Simply stating a fact. The law is an ass
  • Yeah, because the NSA and gays have everything to do with phones..on second thought, the NSA does seem to love tapping phones..
  • They especially love Verizon's SHARE EVERYTHING plan lol
  • I applaud them for taking him in. Agree with the second point.
    Though I can't quite see why you bring it here? I haven't heard anybody complain about one Nokia event being held in NYC, inside a country that does systematic torture and violates international law openly for past 11 years. 
    US is unfortunately hardly any different than China in many respect. Actually in espionage they seem to be way worse than Chinese ever believed to be. 
  • My Russian learning for the day. Hahaha
  • Nokia is from Finland,why should they bother?
  • Hopefully a tablet. That would be nice. That is if its not glued to a mobile carrier.
  • Странно видеть русский текст на англоязычном новостном ресурсе :)
  • What he said :)
  • Exactly what I was thinking
  • Дружище, ты здесь не один такой =)
  • Хотя для церкви машина человеку жизнь формы. Южной. !!! :) работы
  • 61 keys long, guessing Itz the phablet coming in at 6.1"!!!! Hopefully all US carriers get it.
  • a russian gadget show? or a musical?
  • A Russian Gadget show presented as a musical!
  • Based on that piano and the Surface commercials with the iPad piano. It's no doubt a tablet. Hahaha That would be pretty funny if that's what they were going for.
  • Something classy. ;)
  • It's the new exclusive Liveleak app! #dashcamvideos
  • that would be awsome....Love that site...
  • Tablet. They are mocking Apple's keyboard ad.
  • Surely it wont be a Lumia tailored for the Russian market, that wouldnt be a world premier?
    I hope its to announce that you can now get Lumias in a "Rainbow" of colours and its launched with lots of rainbow flags in Russia.
  • Haha
  • I will try and make it to see.
  • Even though Moscow may not be 'The Media Center' of the world, I'm sure the announcement will reach every part of the world in 24 hours. In this time and age media is not required to be on site for publicity to ensue.
  • If they will allow visitors, I'll be sure to attend this event. World premier in Russia... Maybe we will finally be recognized by world's mass media.
  • Maybe a variant of one of the other Lumia phones...725? 825?
  • Could this Nokia event in Moscow have something to do with the up coming Olympics?  A sponsorship or official supplier announcement?
  • Everyone's wrong. They're going to hold public executions of all the assholes at Google.
    (jk,jk, lol)
  • Its extremely difficult to get a Russian visa to visit the country. Whatever the event is, i assure you its something localized to the Russian market. Not a wide release like a tablet announcement.
  • Nokia is reinventing the keyboard with their tablet.
  • Я люблю Россию. Жаль что много не понимают как круто жить в Москве. What's the difference where Nokia wants to announce their products.NYC isn't the only media city. We should all be happy as windows phone community that Nokia has something new to show us. Я ещё раз повторяю,я очень люблю Россию!!!
  • An heterosexual Lumia!
  • Wtf
  • <- sarcasm
  • Yeah
  • Nokia's thanks to Russian carriers for stop selling IPhone and they are all set to promote WP Phones in big time.
  • Finally, a PianoPhone!
  • If it's a Lumia with QWERTY, they will have my dollars immediately.
  • A new Nokia Tune! in piano...
  • I bet its a ballet premier event with classical music sponsored by Nokia :P.
  • It's a new Tetris game exclusive to Lumias...
  • Nokia reverdale
  • Doesn't matter if its in Moscow or Mali or whatever, the general public gets their tech news over the net.
  • ANOTHER Nokia phone.... yea, I know they have to sell phones but, dam, I am getting sick of it. They are phone whores.
    Every time a Nokia comes out, it's got a great camera, then 2 weeks later, there is a better camera and again...  Give it a break for a while.
    I look over my 928 and claimed to have the best camera like the 920 but, even better and the 925 comes out 2 weeks later...
    Think I would prefert HTC who releases 1-2 phones a year, so I dont feel outdated a moth after buying a phone..
  • It's a new phone: the Nokia 515.. Check our blog Nokia Revolution for details! ^^
  • So nobody covered premier my ass