The world’s leading mobile phone maker, Nokia, has started to ship its flagship smartphone the N8 after a delay of several weeks on an earlier shipping date.
The N8 is seen by analysts as Nokia’s first real challenge to Apple’s iPhone.
Its success and the timing of its introduction are seen as crucial to Nokia’s profit margins for the rest of this year.
The news that is finally shipping boosted Nokia’s share price.
The N8 was originally scheduled to reach consumers in June.
In April, Nokia warned software quality problems, would mean the model reaching buyers by the end of September.
Smartphones are important for handset makers as they generate higher profit.