Nokia X gets a million pre-orders in China in just a few days
A couple of days ago we were surprised to see HTC’s Desire 816 doing extremely well in China, where it got 450,000 pre-orders in just three days. A rate of 150,000 of those per day is nothing to be ashamed of, but HTC has been outdone. And you’ll never guess by which company.
Nokia has proudly announced that it’s gotten more than one million pre-orders for the Nokia X in China in just a few days. Because of the different time zones, and depending on how you count, the milestone was achieved in either four or five days. Either way, it’s impressive. In the worst case scenario, that’s 200,000 pre-orders per day, leaving HTC’s Desire 816 in the dust (and let’s not even mention that if you go with the four day figure, that means 250,000 pre-orders per day).
Obviously though, the Nokia X will be a much cheaper handset than the HTC Desire 816. Regardless though, it’s interesting to see such high levels of anticipation for the Finnish company’s first Android phone. It does however make sense that this would happen in China, since people over there are used to not using Google services anyway, so to speak. That’s because most Google services are blocked in China, and the ones that aren’t have pretty important local competitors.
The Nokia X, as you may know, runs a ‘forked’ version of Android and replaces all traces of Google with Microsoft services. This difference between it and a ‘normal’ Android device won’t be felt too much in China where most handsets running Android have their own set of services to replace Google’s.
And did we mention the X is cheap? The Chinese love cheap phones, and have plenty to choose from, so this success of the Nokia X before it’s even available may also have something to do with it being a curiosity – after years of only focusing on Windows Phone, the company releases an Android handset just as it’s about to be bought by Microsoft. This feels like a historic device, and perhaps some people want to be a part of that. Or maybe Nokia still has a lot of brand recognition in China.
Anyway, the X will be officially out over there on March 25, and until then there’s plenty of time for it to get even more pre-orders. The Nokia X has a 4-inch 480×800 IPS touchscreen, a 3 MP fixed focus rear camera, a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8225), 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, dual-SIM functionality, 3G, and a 1,500 mAh battery.