To meet or miss expectations, we have to know first what those expectations are. There are planned milestones to be met, and for the most part, whilst Nokia has hinted on their expectations for Lumia line of Nokia Windows Phones (just to get them out in 2011, shipment in VOLUME in 2012), there hasn’t been any concrete numbers as to exactly what they had expected.
Whilst some say it’s under performing, Nokia’s own estimates are that it is meeting them and far more than expected. Perhaps it is easier to meet expectations when they’re much lower. They seemed pretty pleased with the sales of well over 1m Lumias so far.
Nokia released the Lumia 800 to 6 countries in the last 6 WEEKS of 2011, with other countries slowly trickling in. More countries are appearing, and with that it’ll be easier to assess the performance of Lumia.
Peter Wissinger, director for Microsoft’s Mobile Business Group in the Nordic countries posted on Facebook that sales there have been far above expectations. We heard yesterday that in Finland, the Lumia 800 was selling really well and were also exceeding expectations from Finnish Operator, Elisa. We’re yet to see the impact of Lumia should it be available globally.
Update: Just wanted to mention this here as I’m not sure it’s solid enough for a separate post (nor do I want to antagonise Lumia naysayers) but there was a report by Canalys yesterday that said Nokia sold 1.2M Lumia phones compared to 600,000 Nokia N9. Could they have possibly slipped up the names? N9 has been out for much longer and at more countries, I expected that to have at least done 1m. BTW, what everyone at least confirms for N9 is that there are more than 92,000 units sold that ElMu so passionately claimed. If 1.2M in 6 weeks of limited country releases is true then I’d say that’s quite a good result given how difficult it is now for anything new to make an impact in the market.