Compal to start delivery of Windows Phones to Nokia in September. 2 million units ordered for Q4 2011
We already told you that first Nokia Windows Phones will be made by Taiwanese Compal. Today we have some more info about them.
This has still to percolate to the English speaking part of the net, but, according to Taiwan based Dan Nystedt, local media is reporting that Compal will start shipping Windows Phones to Nokia in September already. A total of 2 million Windows Phones has been ordered for Q4 2011.
The possibility that Nokia will start receiving Windows Phones in September is very good news. I don’t think that the new handsets will be launched or announced earlier then a week before Nokia World, which is set for October 26-27th in London. But September Compal shipments mean that Nokia Windows phones will become available in launch countries either on October 26th, or very soon after that. No more excruciatingly long wait periods between new handset announcements and availability.
Last year Nokia managed to ship 5 million newly launched Symbian^3 devices in a single quarter. So the sales plans for 2 million Windows Phones in 2011 are pretty modest for Nokia. On the other hand, with late October launch Nokia will have one month less to sell the new phones. And Nokia was very clear and open about it – the real volume Windows Phone shipments will start only in the first half of 2012, probably when Nokia starts manufacturing the new smartphones themselves.
1 million new devices a month is a pretty good number for a totally new phone. It’s way below Samsung Galaxy S2 sales, but it is in line with the original Galaxy S sales at launch. And if Nokia manages to actually sell those 2 million “not in volume” Windows Phones in Q4, when they do start shipping “in volume” – the numbers should be pretty good.
This is also good news for Microsoft. They have shipped 2.6 million WP7 phones in Q4 2010. This year, with 2 million Windows Phones from Nokia, and new WP Mango handsets from Samsung, HTC and, probably, LG – the overall sales could easily top 5 million mark.