An availability checker on the European Nokia site doesn’t include an option for us in the UK. Indeed, there appears to be an N9 blackout for several hundred miles.
Victor Saegis, Nokia’s vice-president, recently announced that peeps in the UK would be among the first to get their hands on the Finns’ debut Windows Phone 7 device, codenamed Sea Ray.
Another four countries will join the UK for the us-first party, namely Italy, Germany, France and Spain. None of those countries appear on the availability checker.
The Sea Ray was “leaked” last week, right after the official N9 announcement. The two phones appear to be remarkably similar, and there are rumours that Nokia – or Elop at least – is keen to put MeeGo firmly in the past.
I can’t speak for everyone else, but if it’s a case of the N9 or the Nokia Sea Ray, I’ll take the N9 please.