After an extended wait and prolonged speculation over when it would appear, Nokia’s N8 has finally got an official release date. The phone is now available for pre-order from the UK Nokia Online store for delivery in the last week of September and will be in the shops the next day on 1 October.
The phone can be had for free on various £35, 24-month contracts, or you can buy it SIM free for £429. The phone will also be available widely in stores from Carphone Warehouse, O2, Orange, Phones4u, T-Mobile, Tesco Phone shops, Three Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone.
The press release states that if you want to be one of the first to get hold of the handset that you should take advantage of the on-line pre-order – but then rather confusingly states that you should allow 20 days for free delivery. Let’s hope that’s Nokia is just covering itself for errant parcels as otherwise Nokia fans might be better advised to make a trip to a store the next day to get hold of it.
You may have already seen our video of the Nokia N8 preview and the impressive A/V capabilities of the phone, the success of which is crucial for Nokia is seen as crucial if the Finnish company hopes to arrest its decline in the high-end smartphone space, as it loses ground to Apple’s iPhone and the numerous Google Android devices.
Key to that will be how well received Nokia’s Symbian ^3 OS will be, which gets its first outing on the Nokia N8.
Specification wise the N8 does have great appeal, thanks to features such as a 3.5in 640 x 360 AMOLED display with touch support, a 12-megapixel camera with Carl-Zeiss lens and Xenon flash with 720p recording capability and an HDMI output.
Link: Nokia N8 Pre-order