Nokia’s 5.6 m Q1 sales means about 7 million Windows Phones sold in Q1 2013, 150% growth
April 18, 2013 | By Surur
Nokia reported their Q1 2013 results, which were very much, for their smartphone business at least, in line with expectations, with 5.6 million Lumia handsets being shipped, most of these WP8 devices.
Given that Nokia has around 80% of the Windows Phone market, this suggests around 6.5 to 7 million Windows Phones were shipped in Q1 2013, a more than 150% increase over the 2.7 million Windows Phones sold in Q1 2012.
Unfortunately with a rough estimated 210 million smartphones sold in Q1 2013 this still leaves Windows Phone with around 3% of the market, but this would be 1% up from 1.9% in Q1 2012.
Nokia’s 5.6 million Lumia handsets shipped is 27% up from the 4.4 million in Q4 2012, an unusual increase coming off the holiday season. Windows Phone shipments increased in all regions except USA, likely due to USA not being the target market for the Nokia Lumia 620 low-end Windows Phone 8 handset.
Q2 2012 sales will largely depend on the sales of the Nokia Lumia 520, 620, 720 and the new Nokia Lumia 928 heading to Verizon soon.
Stephen Elop has said they expect sales to increase once again in Q2 2013, by an even larger percentage, virtually guaranteeing that Q2 2013 shipments will exceed 7 million units from Nokia alone.
Unfortunately with few products launching from other OEMs total Q2 2013 Windows Phone shipments may only hit in the 8 million range, depending largely on how much Nokia exceeds that 27% target.
Discounting handsets over 2 years old, we should soon have an installed base of more than 30 million Windows Phone handsets, with the vast majority being sold by Nokia. Given that Nokia is currently being dragged down by their feature phone market, which is rapidly shrinking, do our readers think it is time for Microsoft to simply buy Nokia’s smartphone division? Let us know below.
I feel that has been the agenda since MS put EFu?ck?edup in CEO postion in Nokia. This was all negotiated in the contract. NOW MS can just stop supporting NOK altogether, watch the price tank and buy them out with chump change.
Msft will definitely buy nok in 9 to 12 or even 18 months. now is not the appropriate time to take action cus shareholders and board and institutions will think msft is an evil behind the scene. nok will work it way to at least 6 to 10 bucks then soft can formally open his mouth for a deal. i m die hard reject a buyout at this level. just relax and keep buying is the smartest way to go.
So you basically say that Microsoft will wait with buying Nokia until it gets more expensive.
It does nor sound like the Microsoft we know and absolutely not the Ballmer style of doing business.
I think Microsoft is quite content to leave the risky hardware side of mobile to Nokia. They're happy with Nokia's quality and with the overall WP experience the Limia line provides. They said as much when Microsoft conceded they were NOT making a Surface Phone. Somwhynthe heck would MSFT buy Nokia now? There is no reason to buy them. They already have Nokia as a preferred partner, and they have them for cheap. Microsoft pays Nokia $1 Billion per year but gets most of that back in licensing fees. Plus Microsoft gets Navteq data on all WP phones (even Samsung and HTC) for free as part of that preferred partnership arrangement.
The longer Microsoft lets Nokia bleed, the more Microsoft can leverage IP stealing tactics till Nokia basically is on the brink of bankruptcy. Nokia should screw the legal binding agreements with Microsoft and move on to plan 2 - if there is one. Microsoft only ties will only destroy Nokia in the next 18 months or less.