updated 12:20 pm EDT, Fri July 30, 2010
Nokia N8 due in Europe on September 25
A recent blog post maintains that Nokia will release the flagship N8 in Europe on September 25, or a month later than originally promised by Nokia Eurasia PR-director Victoria Eremin. The delay is said to be due to Nokia trying to refine its implementation of Symbian^3 before the launch. The phone is also said to be shipping in limited numbers and markets as well while Nokia sorts out the software.
An early, mid or late November software update is also likely after the release, Russian sources said. It will, among other things, include a new version of the WebKit browser. Tweaks to the software are said to include DiVX support, along with adding stability and fixing a number of smaller problems.
In Russia, the phone will cost the equivalent of $628, with pricing in other markets ranging from $600 to $620. Russian buyers will also get a free black silicone jacket for the handset, while China and some Asian markets will get a stylus.
Nokia of Italy is already offering the N8 for pre-order, with it due to ship at the end of September and priced at the equivalent of $613, tax-inclusive. US release dates and prices are currently unknown, but a delay compared to the European release is likely, if the past is an indication.
The delay could prove dangerous to Nokia. It has continued to lose market share to faster rivals like Apple and RIM and is counting on the N8 to finally produce a modern, competitive offering. A September launch isn't confirmed, but it would reflect Nokia's chronic problem with timely phone releases; it has regularly unveiled phones that it's unable to ship for over half a year where newer companies can have international releases ready within weeks. [via Habrahabr]