Despite forecasts of sales slumping for the first two Nokia Windows Phone, the Lumia 800 and 710, Nokia has released statements that previous analysis were very “premature” as evidence of a sold-out pre-order of Lumia 800 phones in the UK.
“Lumia 800 sales in the U.K. are off to an excellent start,” Nokia said in a statement. “Based on earliest data the sales start of the Lumia 800 is the best ever first week of Nokia smartphone sales in the U.K. in recent history. By our measures, we have gained significant smartphone sell-out share in the channels in which we are operating in the U.K.”
Though this does not say anything of how much was really pre-ordered, Nokia said that Lumia Sales have now been outpacing their previous bestsellers, the N95 and 5800.
They also added that,
“While it is not our policy to disclose individual product sales figures outside our quarterly financial results, we feel there has been premature sales analysis on the performance of the Lumia 800”
This statement was in response to earlier analysis by James Faucette who said that Lumia sales would not reached their expected 2 million and cut predictions to only 500, 000 units. Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu also wrote that owners of non-Nokia phones would be less compelled to switch to the Lumias because there was no advantage in terms of price and hardware.
Yet, all these remains to be seen as sales are still on its early stages. The Nokia Lumia 800 is priced at 450 Euros or $540.