VP of Nseries confirms that the highly-anticipated Maemo model will be available in the Middle East from ‘day zero’
The VP of Nokia Nseries has revealed that the Middle East will be one of the first markets in the world to receive the Maemo-driven N900 smartphone.
In an interview conducted with Jose-Luis Martinez towards the closing of Nokia World 2009 in Stuttgart, it was confirmed that Nokia will sell the device in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the same day it hits markets in Europe and the United States.
“There’s a lot of passion for Nokia Nseries in the Middle East” Martinez told itp.net “The N900 will not be available in all markets in the world (this year) because we are still creating the platform; so we need to create languages and some assets, but definitely we will prioritise the typical Latin versions and the Arab versions. We are planning to sell in Saudi and lower Gulf from day zero.”
According to company reports, the N900 ‘high-performance mobile computer’ will be on shelves as early as next month.
With an estimated cost of 500 Euro (roughly AED 2,600), Martinez added that local pricing for the N900 won’t be drastically different from other international markets, and won't deter consumers from picking up the company’s first Linux-based offering.
The Middle East will also be among the first to receive the Mini N97 smartphone. Nokia had earlier revealed that the first N97 smartphone to be sold worldwide was in Dubai following its launch in June this year.