Just a week ago Nokia reported it had sold 2 million Lumia Windows Phone smartphones in the first quarter. As for now, the manufacturer reveals more info. It’s not what we were waiting for but it shows what a step the company has made in this transition phase.
Firstly, the company announced it sold only 600.000 phones in North America in Q1, 2012. Consider it stressed the word “phones,” so it implies all categories of handsets — low-end, mid-range and high-end. It refers to all operating systems including Symbian, MeeGo and S40 as well. But the manufacturer is pleased with the results, and as Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop said, “We exceeded expectations in markets including the United States, but establishing momentum in certain markets including the UK has been more challenging. We have a clear sense of urgency to move our strategy forward even faster.”
Secondly, the Finnish smartphone vendor announced its first quarter earnings. Its revenue declined 30% to €7.4 billion ($9.7 billion) last quarter, down from €10.4 billion ($13.6 billion) in the same quarter last year, while the company’s loss made up €1.3 billion ($1.7 billion). The smartphone sales declined 52% to 1.7 billion units in the first quarter, and net device sales dropped 40% to 4.2 billion units.
Seems everything is too bad but Nokia launched the Lumia 900 in the US via AT&T only on April 8 and in Canada via Rogers only on April 9. The Lumia 610 is also said to be launched before the end of this month, thus the financial results for the second quarter must be better. Moreover, the Lumia 900s are out of stock, which means Americans are changing their attitude towards Nokia and the upcoming quarters promise to be more successful for the manufacturer. We should believe in this as much as Stephen Elop does.