In response to rumours that it was delaying Nokia N8 shipments by “a few weeks”, Nokia has reconfirmed that it plans to begin shipments by the end of the month. Those who had pre-ordered their N8’s will still be disappointed to learn that they will have to wait a few extra days as Nokia does not expect that early shipments will not arrive at doorsteps until early October.
There have been a few stories this morning about the N8 availability which we feel need clarification. As we have previously said, we still expect to start the shipments by the end of the third quarter. As with every global launch, when the device reaches the hand of the customer will vary by market and operator.
We have received a record number of online pre-orders for the Nokia N8. We had targeted our online pre-order customers to receive their N8s by the end of September. As it can take time from the beginning of shipment to arriving at their doorstep, in full transparency, we have advised our pre-order customers that they should expect their new Nokia N8 in October.
I bet the news is not exactly what new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was looking for on his first day.