Nokia exec reports 13 million 5800 XMs sold; he actually talked about the 5310 XM

Last time we heard about it, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic had surpassed the 1 million mark when it comes to worldwide sales.

Recently, some unofficial reports appeared on the Web, saying that sales of Nokia’s first S60 touchscreen phone have reached the unbelievable 13 million mark. 

The original story, found at, is no longer available, but several blogs and websites have quoted it as being legit. You can find the Google cache page of the original article here.

Apparently, Rob Taylor, director of Forum Nokia North America, declared during CTIA Wireless that the 5800 XpressMusic sales reached 13 million in April this year. This would mean there were 12 million smartphones sold in about 2 months (since the 1 million sales report  was released at the end of January.)


However, this Tweet from Nokia Conversations comes to clarify things by saying:

“Woke up to find a HUGE misquote. Exec said we shipped 13M 5800’s. He meant 13M Nokia 5310 XpressMusic. Please let folks know.”

Well, that’s more like it. The 5310 XpressMusic is available since 2007, so the 13 million mark is not at all surprising.  

Of course, the 5800 is also capable of high sales, but I don’t think there’s any touchscreen handset out there that can reach 12 million units sold in only two months. Well, maybe the third-gen iPhone could do that – or maybe not?

Author: Ilinca Nita

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