Earlier this year, Nokia announced that it would be making Windows Phone 7 its primary smartphone OS. This was a massive change of heart, as the company previously vowed it would not use another company's OS on its smartphones. However, Nokia isn't putting all of its eggs in one basket; the company still plans to release MeeGo-based phones and, in fact, the first one might hit the UK in August or September.
Recent reports that the upcoming N9, which has not yet been confirmed for a release in the UK, had begun to show up on Russian and Kazakhstani websites with an August 19 release date led to speculation that the phone could arrive in Europe on the same date. And, despite Nokia actually telling CNet last week that it can't confirm a UK release, it seems another country is getting the N9 with this release scheduled for September.
Engadget points to a splash page on Orange Switzerland's website that tells us Swiss customers will get their hands on the MeeGo phone on September 15. So far nothing has been confirmed for anywhere else in Europe, but let's hope the arrival of the device in Switzerland will mean a little love for Nokia fans here in the UK.
Announced in June, the N9 packs a 3.9-inch AMOLED screen (854x480), an OMAP3630 1GHz processor, a PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP Carl Zeiss camera (capable of shooting in 720p HD), a forward facing VGA camera, up to 64GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.1, NFC, and GPS. Check out Nokia's walk-through below: