Several analysts have predicted this week that Nokia's Windows Phone sales for the year could end up being as low as just 500,000, well short of the company's target of two million.
If that does happen, however, it clearly won't be for lack of demand here in the UK, as Nokia reckons the Lumia 800 has now all but sold out across the country.
Critics of the Nokia 800 have claimed it offers no “breakthrough innovation”, and reckon the price is too high to boot. To be fair on Nokia, though, as its very first Windows Phone handset the Lumia 800 was never likely to be a radical departure from the norm.
Either way, it's the opinions of the smartphone-buying public that matter most, and Nokia certainly seems happy with how things are going so far.
“Lumia 800 sales in the U.K. are off to an excellent start,” the company revealed in a statement. “Based on earliest data the sales start of the Lumia 800 is the best ever first week of Nokia smartphone sales in the UK in recent history. By our measures, we have gained significant smartphone sell-out share in the channels in which we are operating in the UK.”
Of course, that doesn't tell us anything in terms of actual numbers, but still – it's been a long, long time since “Nokia” and “sold out” have appeared anywhere near each other in a sentence.