The much-lauded Nokia N9 will not be granted a UK release, the Finnish phone-maker has officially confirmed.
Unveiled last month, the N9 is the first-ever MeeGo phone and won plaudits from tech watchers for its clean and modern user interface and very un-Nokia-esque sharp looks.
The smartphone also garnered praise for innovatively dispensing with front-facing buttons in favour of touchscreen swipe gestures.
However, despite its warm reception, it quickly became apparent that the N9 doesn’t figure much in Nokia’s plans. Not least when CEO Stephen Elop appeared to rule out software update support for the handset even if it was a success and pledged to focus instead on models powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.
And it’s no doubt this cosy relationship with Microsoft that has prompted the decision to reserve the phone for other territories, thus giving forthcoming WP7 Nokia phones a clearer run in the UK.
In a statement to PaidContent, Nokia revealed: "Although we are delighted with the very positive reception that the Nokia N9 has received, here in the UK there are no plans to offer the Nokia N9 at present."
Earlier this week, Nokia confirmed it had no plans to release the N9 in the US – a market where it has traditionally struggled.