The statement would imply that a Symbian^3 based handset from an Asian manufacturer will go on sale before the Nokia N8. Nokia have not given a more specific date than Q3 for the market availability of the N8. However a best guess would suggest a late August date is the most likely scenario.
So who are the most likely candidates for the 'first' Symbian^3 device? There are several Asian manufacturers that have released a Symbian handset in the recent past: Samsung, Sharp and Fujitsu. There are also a number of Asian mobile device manufacturers who are members of the Symbian Foundation: Compal, Huawei, Foxconn, ZTE and Coolpad.
Symbian^3 is almost complete; it is currently under-going the hardening process. In the Reuters interview Lee Williams noted that, "there is a small share of code which is pending checking by its contributors".