Nokia today denied that the N8 has been delayed, they expect the N8 to start shipping at the end of the third quarter and that hasn’t changed, Nokia’s explanation is that customer pre ordering from Nokia directly will get the N8 at a slightly different time then to people getting the N8 from their choosen network. So basically networks will be shipping devices at different times to people buying straight from Nokia. It seems the delay comes from shipping the large amounts of N8’s around the world rather than an issue with the N8.
That report seems to reflect that from a statement from Nokia’s official blog.
Nokia conversations, Nokia’s official blog posted an update on their website clarifying the reports that came from Engadget saying the N8 has been delayed for a few week’s.
ESPOO, Finland – 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.
Update It seems the delays are in fact true according to some of our readers, Rewes mentioned that it was confirmed that the N8 will be delayed in Netherlands and another reader ekngee also has said both pre orders and normal sales have been pushed back for mid october in Singapore. I just want to reiterate that no one knows what is going on so stay tuned we are still getting both sides of the story and mixed messages it is obviously a bad day for the PR department :-D.
I am gonna stick to my theory and say the N8 will not be delayed for Nokia’s more important markets and in some country’s it will be delayed.
thanks to Endaf for the heads up