A verdict of sorts have arrived regarding the Nokia Lumia 800’s performance from Â yesterday’s launch.
Carrier insiders have told FT.com the Lumia 800 receivedÂ far fewer pre-orders than Appleâ€™s iPhone 4s, and had also been slower than recent high-end phones usingÂ Googleâ€™s Android operating system.
Orange however confirmed it had been the most successful Nokia launch ever and had been popular in pre-orders, although half had been take-up of a deal that gave away a free Xbox games console.
Nokia for its part was happy with the performance, saying sales will build over time, noting the phone and theÂ Windows Phone 7 operating system were both new experiences for most consumers.
“This is not another model, it is something brand new,â€ said Stephen Elop.
One operator commented â€œThe company is only just coming back into the market so it will take some time to regain its identity among smartphone users.
â€œApple and Samsung were bringing products out in a market that already knew and loved their phones, so it is tough to ask Nokia to deliver a similar result immediately. We expect sales to gradually pick up.â€
it is of note that most of the comments were about pre-orders, and actual salesÂ performanceÂ on the day have not yet been released yet. Of course on a very positive note it does sound as if Nokia has improved its salesÂ performanceÂ compared to its Symbian handsets, which of course was the whole point of their Windows Phone 7 adventure, and that 19.5 million Symbian handsets were sold in Q3, the second biggest operating system according to Gartner. Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 handsets does not have to outsell iPhone or Android to push Windows Phone 7 into the big league very quickly.
Read more at FT.com here.
Via the Verge.com