Nokia is one strange organisation. Having garnered much praise for the look and feel of the MeeGo-powered N9 – it has decided not to launch it in most major European markets.
So if you live in the UK, France, Spain, Italy or Germany you’re unlikely to get your hands on the rather splendid-looking N9. Nokia has announced a list of 23 countries which the N9 will be launched in, and has decided to omit a market of somewhere in the region of 315 million people. The US has also been omitted but considering Nokia’s historical lack of market penetration in the States, this is hardly a surprise.
The N9 has a lot of promise, but considering it is set to be Nokia’s only MeeGo handset, it’s hardly surprising the Finnish outfit is putting little effort into launching it on a large scale. Reports following its launch last week suggested that Nokia would not be making many of these handsets and that you would have to purchase one direct from Nokia if you wanted to buy one at all.
The reason behind Nokia’s decision may be explained by the fact that all the major countries not getting the N9 will be precisely the same countries getting the first Nokia Windows Phone when it launches later this year. Whether Nokia felt that releasing both phones, which will look very similar, would confuse customers is unclear, but it’s a pity the N9 isn’t getting a much wider global launch.
The list of 23 launch countries for the N9 in full, if you’re interested, is: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, and Vietnam.