Published by Rafe Blandford at 11:59 UTC, September 27th 2011
Nokia today announced that it has started shipping the Nokia N9 to customers and stores. Nokia says the estimated retail cost of the N9 is €480 (16GB) / €560 (64GB) before taxes and subsidies. Pricing and availability will vary from region to region. In most countries it will be possible to buy the N9 SIM free, but it will only be ranged by operators in select countries.
Ilari Nurmi, Vice President of Marketing, Nokia, said:
"Since we announced the Nokia N9 in June this year, the feedback that it has gotten from discerning and avid smartphone users across the world has been nothing short of fantastic. With the innovations in industrial design, user interface, and the Qt developer experience, the Nokia N9 sets the bar for how natural technology can feel, and represents the first in a number of products from Nokia that will be brought to life in similar fashion."
The N9 comes with a number of third party applications pre-installed. These include Angry Birds and WiFi Hotspot (from JoikuSoft). The device supports a range of third party services including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Skype, Picassa and Flickr. More applications and services are available via the Ovi Store.
Janne Heikkinen, Nokia’s Product Planning Director, says that N9 device owners can expect to receive a number of software updates in the future. They will be based on feedback from early adopters and operators. In common with other Nokia devices, the timing and content of software updates will be "communicated closer to the download start".
The changes to Nokia's software strategy in February do leave the N9 as something of an orphan device - it is inevitable that the N9 will be haunted by the spectre of its status as Nokia's first and only MeeGo Harmattan device.
However, today is the day for its supporters to celebrate they key milestone of commercial shipment. Moreover, whatever its surrounding context, the N9 still a very capable device and contains some remarkable innovations. Potential owners will need to decide whether the context outweighs the benefits of owning this singular device.
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