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Nokia N8: Exact release date still up in the air

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(Read caption) Nokia N8 is being billed by Nokia as a competitor to the Apple iPhone 4.

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Earlier this week, Nokia announced that it still needed to tinker around with the N8 smartphone – and cautioned consumers that they would have to wait until October to get their hands on an N8 handset. "To ensure a great user experience, we have decided to hold the shipments for a few weeks to do some final amends," Nokia wrote in an emailed statement to the Wall Street Journal.

Today, after receiving a deluge of confused queries, Nokia reps took to the Web to clear things up. “There have been [some stories] about the N8 availability which we feel need clarification,” reads an item posted to the Nokia company blog. "As we have previously said, we still expect to start the shipments by the end of the third quarter. As with every global launch, when the device reaches the hand of the customer will vary by market and operator."

The post continues:

We have received a record number of online pre-orders for the Nokia N8. We had targeted our online pre-order customers to receive their N8s by the end of September. As it can take time from the beginning of shipment to arriving at their doorstep, in full transparency, we have advised our pre-order customers that they should expect their new Nokia N8 in October.

So in other words, Nokia is still aiming for September, but you shouldn't be surprised if you don't get your hands on an N8 before October.

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