Hi, everyone! Welcome to CNET's live blog of the Verizon/HTC event.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:42:37 PM
I'll be hosting you until CNET's team on the ground gets inside and sets up.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:43:30 PM
Roger Cheng and Brian Bennett will be bringing you the live coverage with Sarah Tew snapping photos.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:44:54 PM
The event officially starts at 1pm ET/10am PT.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:47:52 PM
We have one guess as to what we'll see today. It could the Droid DNA. Brian tells us that it could have a 5-inch screen and Android Jelly Bean.
john11/13/2012 3:48:02 PM
when do we get a visual?
Kent German11/13/2012 3:48:34 PM
John: Our team is just walking into the event now. As soon as they're set up we'll see photos.
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:48:43 PM
Morning! It's Roger Cheng, executive editor for CNET News here. We're on site and ready to go.
sarahtew11/13/2012 3:49:07 PM
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:49:11 PM
Just a slight correction: The event starts at 11 am ET/8 am PT
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:49:20 PM
In other words, it starts up in about 10 minutes.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:49:25 PM
Welcome to Roger. He'll be bringing you the live news with Brian.
awaters112711/13/2012 3:49:35 PM
please let us know the full retail price of the droid dna, it's my birthday present.
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:49:45 PM
Along with me are Brian Bennett, CNET's senior editor for mobile reviews, and Sarah Tew, ace photographer.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:49:59 PM
Don't worry, awaters1127. We'll bring you the full details.
sarahtew11/13/2012 3:50:28 PM
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:50:33 PM
As Kent mentioned, I'm expecting the Droid DNA to make an appearance, likely with a larger display similar to the Galaxy Note.
Brian Bennett11/13/2012 3:50:33 PM
Yep, I'm in the house!
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:51:03 PM
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.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:51:10 PM
Unfortunately, there's no live stream of the event, but we'll bring you all the words and pictures you need.
James11/13/2012 3:51:22 PM
You guys have THE GREATEST job ever
sarahtew11/13/2012 3:51:57 PM
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:52:16 PM
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.
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:52:40 PM
@James Thanks. I'm pretty grateful to be writing about stuff I can geek out on.
Sunny11/13/2012 3:52:40 PM
Looking forward for the release of Droid DNA
sarahtew11/13/2012 3:52:48 PM
Not much to see here yet... stage and a screen.
Manthan Kothari11/13/2012 3:52:55 PM
Let's hope HTC and Verizon are able to deliver today considering all the hype and anticipation leading up to today's event.
kzsheikh11/13/2012 3:53:44 PM
any mention of DNA working on ATT as well??
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:53:49 PM
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.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:54:17 PM
Kzsheikh: Right now we'll only have Verizon news.
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:54:26 PM
@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.
Brian Bennett11/13/2012 3:54:42 PM
Thought I just saw a big red Verizon eye looking at me from the stage screen.
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:55:10 PM
Yep, I saw it. Very Battlestar Galatica-ish.
sarahtew11/13/2012 3:55:22 PM
OttawaAndrew11/13/2012 3:56:27 PM
@Rogers Do these press meetings drive coverage any more than had they just released a "media kit"?
Brian Bennett11/13/2012 3:56:40 PM
Hey I think they just turned on the smoke machine...
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:57:18 PM
@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.
Salah Elmzouri11/13/2012 3:57:40 PM
@Roger Cheng Could you please keep us updatet wether the HTC Droid DNA is going to come out international? Have a nice show!
Brian Bennett11/13/2012 3:57:45 PM
Lots of sweeping colored lights and sinister Droid music...freaky! Cool though.
Kent German11/13/2012 3:58:19 PM
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.
sarahtew11/13/2012 3:58:32 PM
Brian Bennett11/13/2012 3:59:07 PM
OK, almost showtime folks!
OttawaAndrew11/13/2012 3:59:21 PM
@Roger Thanks for the coverage. Just wondering in light of the google event not happening. In honesty I wouldn't have known about this had you not been covering :)
Roger Cheng11/13/2012 3:59:52 PM
@OttawaAndrew No problem. The Google event cancellation was based on extraordinary factors. But it's largely back to business as usual in New York.
Ryan Noverly Joseph11/13/2012 4:00:01 PM
why there,s no video? I wanna see and hear what they are sayng