Nokia confirmed today (10 August) that it’s new smartphone, the Nokia N9, would not be hitting UK stores.
The announcement follows news yesterday that the US wouldn't be getting the handset either despite Nokia claiming that the N9 had received a ‘positive reception’.
The N9 is Nokia’s only smartphone powered by the Linux-based MeeGo operating system. MeeGo is a merger of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo projects into one new common project.
The company will now use Windows Phone as its primary operating system after forging a strategic partnership with Microsoft earlier this year. When the Nokia and Microsoft alliance was announced in February, Nokia said it would still produce one MeeGo device.
Industry insiders have speculated that the move to marginalise the MeeGo handset is down to Nokia not wanting MeeGo handsets sales to overshadow the launch of the their Windows Phone 7 handsets, which are expected to go on sale in Q4 of 2011.
A Nokia spokesperson said: ‘As an organisation Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout and each country decides which products to introduce from those available. These decisions are based on a local assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up Nokia’s product portfolio and are intended to provide the best local portfolio for the UK market.
‘Although we are delighted with the very positive reception that the Nokia N9 has received, here in the UK there are no plans to offer the Nokia N9 at present.’
The countries that will be launching the N9 are 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.
The MeeGo device features a 3.9-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen, an eight-megapixel Carl Zeiss wide-angle camera with dual-LED flash and either 16GB or 64GB of storage.