Nokia Corp. has pushed back delivery of its much-delayed flagship smartphone by another few weeks, saying it needs the time to make final adjustments.
The delay is the latest hiccup for the launch of the phone, called the N8, which Nokia had hoped would give it a credible competitor to high-end smartphones made by Apple Inc. or based on Google Inc.''s Android software.
In some markets, we had planned to start delivering the Nokia N8s to our pre-order customers by the end of September, Nokia said in an emailed statement. To ensure a great user experience, we have decided to hold the shipments for a few weeks to do some final amends.
The Finnish company didn''t specify the cause of the delay.
Nokia said preorders for the phone have exceeded its expectations. Last week, when it unveiled the phone, the company said it had received its highest-ever online preorders and has signed up 100 wireless operators to offer it.
The launch event, however, was overshadowed by a shakeup in Nokia''s top ranks. The company announced it had hired Microsoft Corp. executive Stephen Elop to replace Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. That news was followed by the resignation of Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia''s smartphone unit, and word that Chairman Jorma Ollila plans to step down in 2012.
Nokia has struggled to keep pace with rivals in the market for high-end smartphones, and its shares have fallen sharply.
The N8 comes with a 12-megapixel camera and high-definition video capabilities, but analysts don''t think it''s in the league of Apple''s iPhone 4. It will be priced at €370 (US$482) in Europe, excluding taxes and subsidies.