Nokia starts N9 smartphone shipments

By the Associated Press | September 27, 2011 | 12:50 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. said Tuesday it has begun shipments of its N9 smartphone model, ahead of the Windows Phone 7 launch expected later this year.

The cellphone maker said the N9, based on the MeeGo open platform, has free navigation and voice-guided maps, storage ranging from 16GB to 64GB and a swipe feature to return to the home screen. It is priced at $650-750 (euro480-560).

After the N9, Nokia has said it will use the Windows Phone operating system as its main platform — hoping to regain momentum against stiff competition, especially from Apple Inc. and Research in Motion.

Nokia stock closed up more than 6 percent at euro4.23 ($5.71) on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.