[UPDATE: Possibly denied] Nokia sells 2 million Lumia devices in China in three months, celebrates
Between December 5, 2012, and March 5, 2013 Nokia sold more than 2 million Lumia-branded Windows Phone devices in China. This happened despite the fact that there have been constant shortages regarding the Lumia 920, which for some reason Nokia’s still ‘ramping up’ production for. Perhaps we should just get used to the fact that Nokia doesn’t have the manufacturing prowess of years past anymore. Or maybe the Finns are just extremely cautious, and would rather have stock shortages than make too many devices that then sit in warehouses unsold.
Whatever the reason, the flagship offering hasn’t been always available in these three months in China, yet Nokia still managed to break the 2 million sales barrier (but do remember that this figure includes all models, not just the 920).
That may not sound like much, but it is for Nokia. Consider that in the last quarter of last year it sold 4.4 million Lumias worldwide. So 2 million over three months in just one country is a big deal for the Finnish company.
In fact, it’s even held a small party of sorts to celebrate the milestone. Apparently Nokia’s China chief, Gustavo Eichelmann, was present at the event.
Nokia’s recently announced Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 should become available in China in the next few weeks. That will undoubtedly help the company add even more units to its sales numbers over there for the first quarter of 2013.
[UPDATE] Windows Phone Central managed to get in touch with a source inside Nokia China who allegedly took part in the celebration depicted in the images above. And according to this person who wishes to remain anonymous, Nokia did not sell 2 million Lumias in three months, and the party was not about that. It did happen though, but not to celebrate such a milestone. The ’2M’ tile seen in the image above does not refer to sales figures, but the person declined to say what it was actually about.
Make of this what you wish, especially since it isn’t an official denial by the Finnish company.