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Nokia N9 Update: Dubai ME launch event & China pre-order update (诺基亚 N9) via @Gigalb & @bencrox

Here’ a quick N9 update brought to you by the NokiaInnovation team. We found an interesting article on Gigalb.com and a conversation I had with bencrox who retweeted the China pre-order article.

N9 ME Region Launch

Last week there were two N9 launch events in Dubai and Cape Town (MEA regions). Marko Ahtisaari – Senior VP Design Nokia attended both events.

Here is a link to Gigalb’s N9 ME Launch event coverage in Dubai.

Here a few interesting quotes from that Q&A event:

I agree with the statement referring to software is correct since I have been using Symbian Belle on my N8 for the last two weeks now. We have not trialed one of the new Belle devices yet and cannot comment on the Belle hardware (700,701, 600).

Going back to the N9 availability and pricing:

It looks like the N9 would be available around October 4, 2011 with a US $ 600-650 price tag for I assume the 16 GB version.

When asked about future MeeGo devices:

It is interesting to see that there are no upcoming MeeGo devices are scheduled for now.

诺基亚 N9 China pre-order update

In other N9 news, I posted yesterday that the Nokia Store in Shenzhen, China is taking pre-orders for the Nokia N9. Bencrox mentioned in his retweet of our post that N9 would also be available in GuangZhou (formerly Canton), China.

When I asked him about the release date, he said within 10 days, which is in tune with the ME Region release date. The N9 is priced much higher RMB 4999 (US $782/€ 580) in China and Australia AU$799 (US $782/€ 580) vs US $600-650 in ME Region. There’s a US $130-180 price difference for the N9 16 GB unit, which makes me believe that the former two regions have been quoting the price of N9 64 GB? We will definitely follow up on this story.

Furthermore, I was suggesting to Bencrox that the Chinese release date could be a marketing strategy because many places in China will be celebrating Golden week in early October. He replied by saying that it wasn’t a marketing gimmick and according to the store owner told him that the N9 reception isn’t huge. I am wondering why Nokia is targeting China for as one of the initial launch regions where N9 hasn’t been well received. I understand these are speculations, when the sales numbers come in we can see if the owner was correct or not. Looks like within 10 to 14 days we will see the first batch of N9 user unboxing on youtube and the device becoming available through various online retail channels.

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