Nokia N8, its first iPhone competitor

HELSINKI – Nokia, the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, said on Thursday that it has begun shipping its “star” smartphone model, the Nokia N8.

Last week, Nokia said it would postpone N8 shipments a few weeks to customers who had ordered the cell phone, an announcement that hit company shares the same day the new CEO, Stephen Elop, took control of the company.

The N8 smart phone is considered by analysts as the first Nokia model that can actually compete with the iPhone, more than three years after the original launch of the Apple smartphone.

Nokia stated the N8 will be available in the coming weeks.

“The Nokia N8 has received the greatest number of preorders in Nokia’s history,” said Jo Harlow, head of the Nokia smartphone, in a statement.

The N8, is the first smartphone to use the new Nokia Symbian operating system software was to be released in June. In April, Nokia warned that the software update would take longer than expected due to a number of quality issues and said the model would be made public to consumers in late September.

The weak supply of smartphones and software issues are considered the main reasons why Nokia replaced its chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, with Stephen Elop, formerly from Microsoft.

The N8 stands out among its rivals with its 12-megapixel camera but has a slower processor than Samsung’s star model, the S Galaxy, and the latest iPhone 4.

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