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Nokia may have sold more than half a million of the 808 Pureview

How is your math? Mine isn’t very good, so there is not much I can make of the article Steve Litchfield posted today on All About Symbian. His reader Sethu M Pillai did some serious math (please check the previous link) and came up with a calculated estimate of 234.482  devices sold.

In a reaction, Jax667 pointed out that the ASP per device probably is a bit different and came up with an estimated total of 505,142 – and Sethu agreed with his line of thought. Bottom line is: we don’t know, because Nokia is not telling anyone. I wonder why, since either which way people will say it is good or bad news.

Let’s face it: half a million sold in total is not really impressive compared to what Samsung and Apple sell in a week. Compared to Lumia sales however, it might have a more different impact. Nokia sold more than 7 million Lumia’s in total, 4 million in Q3, if my sources are correct. Half a million Nokia 808 devices sold is not that disappointing than, since it has hardly been promoted.

I’m not alone feeling sure the last quarter of sales of the Lumia 900 must have suffered a lot from Microsoft’s announcement that WP7 devices would not be upgradable to WP8. So far, the pre-ordering  of the Lumia 920 (and 820) seems to be going exceptionally well, so it really looks as if Nokia finally may once again have a hit.

But even if the new Lumia’s (510, 820, 920 and all their operator variants) would prove to be way better selling than the most advanced Symbian device Nokia ever produced, it doesn’t seem likely Nokia will ever say how much it has sold of the 808 PureView it only silently loved. What does your gut feeling tell you? Or is you math good enough to make an even better calculated guess?

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5 Responses

  1. rhishi

    i doubt if @nokia even made 1/2 millian808. When i bought my 808 it was through local nokia store even though i had prebooked it at nokia online store, as i feared they may say we made 100 for india and they are already out of stock, do u know for city of 2 million population, they had only 10 units of 808 on day 1.

  2. shaheem

    The moment I saw 808, it was too good to resist and looking at the numbers of how many people have bought it makes me sad and happy at the same time because I see a magnificent piece of technology not being appreciated the right way and at the same time I know this chunk of plastic thats in my hands is a piece of art, its not for everyone. Feeds my ego at times when I show it off. Hats off to Nokia.

  3. For no advertising at all, I believe the sale figures are not too bad… but of course compared to the ‘old level’ in former times, it is the hard fact of symbian dying. I am – like many others maybe – interested in the new Windows line, but am also considering honestly to buy me a second 808 just in case it breaks and will not be available anymore… ;-)

  4. NobleScarlet

    If Nokia sold 500+M smartphones with minimum-to-zero marketing, who knows how many units they could have sold with aggressive marketing?

  5. Lourenco

    What impress me is that Nokia sold 14 millions smatphones in Q3 2011 – all of them Symbian, I suppose, since Lumia 800 only arrived later that year – and only 6 millions in Q3 2012.

    Something is really wrong here, poor Elop…