We are in the last month of Q3 2012, and Digitimes reports that Nokia suppliers are noting a reduction in shipments as the company responds to competitive pressure from Samsung and Apple.
They therefore predict that Nokiaâ€™s Q3 2012 shipments will only reach 8.5 million handsets, down from 10 million in Q2 2012.
We have ourselves noticed, after a very busy July, that Windows Phone growth has stalled also in the last 4 weeks, so we predict shipments for Nokia Windows Phones to be around the same range as last quarter i.e. around 4 million.
Digitimes Research predicts shipments may see increasing in the fourth quarter as Nokia is expected to unveil its next-generation Windows Phone 8-based Lumia phones in September. From what we have seen so far the new handsets should have features such as wireless charging and Pureview cameras which will address any concerns about Nokia not being able to differentiate their handsets in the market, and should result in answering a significant pent-up demand for a really high end Nokia Windows Phone.