Though the world’s first Android-powered handset, the T-Mobile G1, has just made its debut recently and will only be released on October 22nd, between 400,000 to 500,000 units are expected to sell within Q4 2008 alone. That would make HTC, the company that makes the phones, very happy.
Industry insiders are also saying that T-Mobile has plans to order a total of between 1.5 million to 2 million units of the G1. In money terms, that would make HTC NT$7 billion richer in Q4 2008, and NT$18 billion richer next year.
2 million units seems like a small number when compared to Apple’s original sales goals for the iPhone, which was 10 million units, and insignificant when compared to sales of the likes of Nokia, which still owns the largest chunk of smartphone market share globally. However, it’s a significant achievement for a handset as new as the G1 and a platform as fresh as Android.
With a supposedly advanced and completely open OS plus a starting price of only $179 (with a contract), its not entirely impossible for the G1 to sell at a rate until such time that it meets these sales expectations.
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