Nokia recently announced that their much anticipated smartphone, the N8, has been delayed again by a few weeks, after originally being slated for the June time frame of this year. Nokia, who is still the world’s largest mobile phone maker (by volume) has a lot riding on the N8, which is seen as their first model to be able to compete with the likes of the iPhone and some of the newer Android devices. The phone is also supposed to be the first phone to run their brand new Symbian operating system. After creating quite a bit of excitement at their showcase earlier this month, Nokia may be letting all that goodwill go to waste.
A representative confirmed that the first phones were still on schedule from a manufacturing standpoint and would still leave factories by the end of September. However, deliveries to consumers who had pre-ordered will now be pushed back by a few weeks. Originally, Nokia had intended for the phones to be in people’s hands by the end of this month – now sometime in October is more likely.
There has been lots of turmoil at Nokia as of late, with them firing their CEO and hiring Stephen Elop from Microsoft to take on the company’s top job. The N8 appears like it will be a very capable phone, standing out with its 12MP camera, which is head and shoulders above its competition. As with anything though, you have to get it in the consumers hands first and on that front Nokia continues to look disorganized and inept.
So what do you think, can Nokia still turn it around even after all the delays? Can the N8 be a true hit?