Stephen Elop announced today that the Nokia Lumia 830 smartphone will launch on AT&T’s network this holiday season.
Elop, the former Nokia CEO who has returned to Microsoft as part of its $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition, made the announcement during his keynote speech at the CTIA Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas this afternoon. AT&T also just issued a short press release noting the news.
Microsoft unveiled the new Lumia 830 last week, describing the new phone as an “affordable flagship” device that offers advanced features at an unsubsidized price of 330 euros, or about $430. It has a 1MP front-facing camera and is the thinnest and lightest Lumia to date, at 8.5 mm thick and 150 grams, compared with 9.8 mm and 167 grams for the Lumia 930. The Lumia 830 is metal and polycarbonate and ships comes with Windows Phone 8.1, including Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant.
Pricing and exact release dates were not announced.
Aside from the Lumia news, Elop’s speech focused on Microsoft’s attempt to help people with both digital work and digital life. He noted how many have wondered why Microsoft doesn’t just focus on its immensely successful enterprise business.
“The very clear conclusion that we reached is that it is incredibly important that we appeal to every person — not only at work, but also at home,” Elop said. “We have to be great at both.”
Elop noted that whether you’re at a business meeting or video chatting with your daughter who just went to college, “it should be done the same way.”
“It should be simple and the experience should be recognizably Microsoft,” he said.
He added that the Nokia acquisition was “in many ways a declaration that we would be great at digital work and life.” Elop also touted the “really positive reviews” for the Surface Pro 3, and explained how the Xbox One offers a “key strategic foothold in the gaming space.” However, Elop did not mention Microsoft’s reported $2 billion bid for Mojang AB, the makers of the popular Minecraft game.
Elop ended his speech with this quote: “Innovation is anything, but business is usual.”
“Innovation demands risk, it demands courage,” Elop said. “You will see us innovate with new experiences and new mobile form factors in the very near future. Our success and your success comes down to this.”