We were given the word of 'late October' for th UK launch with the networks, but for some lucky people, the Nokia N8 could be reality this weekend.Nokia has confirmed that its' much-hyped Symbian^3 smartphone has started shipping, but only to customers who have placed a pre-order at Nokia Online Shops and Nokia retail stores. If you want a contract deal, it looks like the late October date still holds, with 'broad availability' promised for the coming weeks. 'With the N8, and the new Symbian software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world's most popular smartphone platform. The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia's new Symbian smartphone range,' says Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia.For the uninitiated, this is the first phone with the new generation of Symbian operating system, supporting 'true multitasking' so you can run multiple apps simultaneously and switch between them easily.There's also a capacitive touchscreen, a 12-megapixel camera with xenon flash, autofocus, a Carl Zeiss lens and 720p HD video recording with full Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound. All of that packed into an anodised aluminum case with a matt metallic sheen keeping all that technology safe.If all of that appeals, most of the main networks will take a pre-order off you. Expect to pay from £25 per month.