Hi, everyone! Welcome to CNET's live blog of the Verizon/HTC event.
I'll be hosting you until CNET's team on the ground gets inside and sets up.
Roger Cheng and Brian Bennett will be bringing you the live coverage with Sarah Tew snapping photos.
The event officially starts at 1pm ET/10am PT.
John: Our team is just walking into the event now. As soon as they're set up we'll see photos.
Morning! It's Roger Cheng, executive editor for CNET News here. We're on site and ready to go.
Just a slight correction: The event starts at 11 am ET/8 am PT
In other words, it starts up in about 10 minutes.
Welcome to Roger. He'll be bringing you the live news with Brian.
Along with me are Brian Bennett, CNET's senior editor for mobile reviews, and Sarah Tew, ace photographer.
Don't worry, awaters1127. We'll bring you the full details.
As Kent mentioned, I'm expecting the Droid DNA to make an appearance, likely with a larger display similar to the Galaxy Note.
HTC, like nearly every other handset manufacturer not named Apple or Samsung, has hit a rough patch recently, and really wants to end the year on a high note.
Unfortunately, there's no live stream of the event, but we'll bring you all the words and pictures you need.
HTC and Verizon are likely hoping this isn't a repeat of last year's two smartphone flops, the Rhythm and Rezound. Both came out last holiday season and were largely ignored.
@James Thanks. I'm pretty grateful to be writing about stuff I can geek out on.
I'm not sure yet on pricing, but I'd be disappointed if this phone wasn't $199.99. It would give it a leg up against the similar Galaxy Note 2, which is $299.99.
Kzsheikh: Right now we'll only have Verizon news.
@kzsheikh If you want an HTC phone on AT&T, you've got the One X+, which is a pretty cool phone. It launches on Nov. 16.
Thought I just saw a big red Verizon eye looking at me from the stage screen.
Yep, I saw it. Very Battlestar Galatica-ish.
Hey I think they just turned on the smoke machine...
@OttawaAndrew Definitely. It's an "event" so media are naturally drawn to it -- especially if there's little else going on. Plus the promise of executive access to get more of your questions answered is attractive. Ultimately, it means more news for you.
Lots of sweeping colored lights and sinister Droid music...freaky! Cool though.
Sarah: The phone should be a Verizon exclusive for a while. But it may come to other carriers. We'll let you know when it does.
OK, almost showtime folks!
@OttawaAndrew No problem. The Google event cancellation was based on extraordinary factors. But it's largely back to business as usual in New York.