updated 6/28/2005 7:55:30 PM ET 2005-06-28T23:55:30

Nokia Corp. said Tuesday it will delay by several weeks the introduction of its N90 mobile handset that uses high-quality Carl Zeiss optics.

The phone, with a digital 2-megapixel camera lens, had been expected in stores by mid-June, according to reports, but will now be available in July because the company wanted to fine-tune the product, Nokia spokesman Kari Tuutti told Dow Jones Newswires.

"We want to make sure customers get the right experience," Tuutti said, but declined to give details.

The N90 is part of Nokia's N Series top-range mobile handsets, which the company unveiled on April 27 .

"It's a loss of prestige for Nokia to delay the N90," said Greger Johansson, analyst at Redeye in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. "The direct financial impact of the delay, however, is probably very small."

Based in Espoo just outside the Finnish capital, Nokia is the world's largest mobile phone maker with sales in 130 countries and about 55,500 employees.

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