23 markets listed, excluding countries that will launch Nokia WP7 handset, as well as the U.S.
While Nokia didn't very much disclosed the exact launch date of the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, some reports inddicates that the phone will debut on 23 September in Sweden. Many sharp-eye bloggers and journalists later indicated a list of markets that Nokia N9 will be available.
In the Nokia Europe website, users can check out the features of Nokia N9, and leave an email to keep themselves posted on the availability. 23 markets are being listed, including Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, the UAE, and Vietnam.
Several European markets are not included, and coincidently, these countries, including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the U.K., and the Netherlands, are among first to launch the Nokia Windows Phone. As some reports stated, these markets are more mature, and are dominated by either Android or iOS devices. Nokia will use the Windows Phone to attain more market share instead of N9.
Such strategy seems interesting, yet strange. Unless the N9 and the Nokia Windows Phone are going to launch at the same time, there isn't a need to avoid some markets that are big enough to accommodate two models from the same brand. I believe that the reason for releasing Windows Phone in these markets first is more on phone language in localization issue, than the "maturity" of the market.
Another question here is, What about the North American markets? Nokia's presence in the U.S. is already low, it needs a come back by one of the products. I think the U.S. will be a major market for Nokia if the company manage to find at least on operator to support the launch of its key products these two years.