Initial reaction to the Nokia Lumia 800 lukewarm in the Netherlands as devices start shipping

Telecompaper writes that pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 800, which is recieving a massive promotional push in Europe, has so far been “steady but not through the roof” at The Phone House, a major mobile phone retailer in Europe.

“The Nokia Lumia 800 is no iPhone. Windows Phone (WP) is still relatively unknown to consumers. Almost no one has ever held a Nokia device that came with WP. And that is why consumers are reluctant,” the spokesman said.

While the retailer still professed to be “satisfied” with sales they did not release any figures.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is Nokia’s higher end Windows Phone 7.5 handset, and while it sports a great design lacks outstanding features, such as very large screens, front-facing cameras or large amounts of storage which may have helped to generate more excitement around the product. The phone is currently being promoted very widely in television and print adverts in a campaign 3 times bigger than any Nokia has done before.

Seperately professeurthibault.fr reports that that the handset has started shipping from Phonehouse today, a full week before the supposed release date, and that they should start arriving in punters homes by tomorrow or Thursday.

Did Nokia miscalculate with the Lumia 800? Let us know below.

The Nokia Lumia 800 (SeaRay) is an upcoming Windows Phone with a 3.7” ClearBlack AMOLED screen, HSPA+ data speeds, and a 1.4 GHz single-core processor. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera, no front-facing camera, and 16 GB of storage. It is coming to many countries like Germany around November 16, 2011. United States release date is currently unknown. Full specs…

 

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