The numbers are in, and Nokia has announced better than expected Lumia 800 sales of “more than a million” units over the last three months of the 2011.
Overall, though, the picture remains bleak for the once-dominant phone maker, with overall losses hitting €954m for the quarter – despite receiving a $250m payment from Microsoft to use the Windows Phone OS.
A few days ago we said we'd be surprised if Nokia Windows Phone sales had topped a million by the end of 2011, expressing a widely held view that the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 handsets had underperformed.
Well, that may still be the case, but the total number sold did at least get into seven figures, though Nokia's not saying by much. The downside, though, is that Symbian sales have been directly impacted as a result.
“In certain markets, there has been an acceleration of the anticipated trend towards lower-priced smartphones with specifications that are different from Symbian's traditional strengths,” Nokia boss Stephen Elop revealed in a statement accompanying the earnings report of (check out the PDF here).
“As a result of the changing market conditions, combined with our increased focus on Lumia, we now believe that we will sell fewer Symbian devices than we previously anticipated.”
We'll leave the pleasure of dissecting Elop's words to the comments section below – there shouldn't be any shortage of takers – and instead take a look at some more numbers.
Overall, Nokia recorded net sales of €10bn, which was 11% higher than the trainsmash that was Q3 but 21% down on the equivalent period in 2010 (or 29% down if you're looking at handset numbers).
The near-billion euro overall loss remains the real worry, though – especially when compared to Q4 of 2011's €745m profit – the status quo, let's not forget, that Elop's drastic decision to switch to Windows Phone took place in.
On the plus side, Microsoft paid Nokia $250m as part of their “broad strategic agreement” to bring Nokia smartphones and Windows Phone operating software together. Seems to have made a real difference...