Nokia: 1 million pre-orders for Nokia X in China ahead of March 25th debut

Nokia's strategy of offering a cheap Android-based smartphone seems to be paying off. The company announced today that the Nokia X has already received one million pre-orders just in China ahead of the phone's March 25th launch in that country. It reached that number just four days after pre-orders began.

Nokia made the announcement on its Twitter account with no further comment, but it really didn't need to. It's pretty clear that the company is pleased with the response to the Nokia X, which uses a heavily modified version of Android with its own custom UI, along with connections to Nokia's own software store and Microsoft's online services.

Just a reminder: the basic Nokia X that is getting all of those Chinese orders has a four inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225 dual-core processor running at 1GHz and 512MB of RAM. The phone has no on-board storage but does have a microSD card slot.

Nokia has two more version of the phone that will both go on sale sometime in the second quarter. The Nokia+ will have a 3 MP rear camera and a 4GB SD card in addition to all of the features of the Nokia X, while the Nokia XL will have a bigger 5-inch screen and a 5 MP rear camera.

Source: Nokia via Twitter | Image via Nokia

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This is what happens when you make a product that no one wants. In the age of faster processing process and better graphics display, you want people to be looking at flat fisher price color tiles with couple of texts floating around. Whoever came out with Metro tiles idea need to get fired. Oh they already did. Now If , there is any sensible people left with MS, they should completely ditch this design abomination and come out with better design.

Wow, when was the last time Nokia got 1 million pre orders for a Windows Phone? Has it ever happened? I would say not because I don't remember any stories about it. It looks like Nokia should have gone with Android from the beginning. Poor Windows Phone!

this has nothing to do with the phone being android or windows or whatever other os there is, it is strictly about the price of the phone. If a windows phone could get this low in price would be the same or for any other phone for that matter. Believe me when I say the average mobile phone user doesn't really care what os is on the phone.

This absolutely proves....PROVES...... how awful and antiquated Windows Phone is.

People would rather buy a cheap Nokia Android phone than a cheap Nokia Windows Phone.

The reason for this is not hard at all. For one thing, Android phones are beautiful and elegant. You can customize it to whatever or however the user sees fit. With Windows Phone, you got that messy, stress-ful looking Metro tile system, where time and time again keeps getting rejected over and over.

Of course, there is the "Apps" thing...do we need to discuss that?

Let's face it, Windows Phone is the Betamax of this tech-consumer generation. People say that Windows Phone is a "quality" phone....what does that mean? AS IF....other phones are gonna fall apart like a cheap t-shirt in the washer and dryer? Say that to the people who are asking for hardware help for their Windows Phone on many WP blogs and the office Microsoft Support website.

This isn't my exactly a knock on Windows Phone. Rather, this is my wake up call.

WOW....1 million pre-orders. That means that the Chinese gave the vendor/distributor credit card information in order to secure the phone, so when it is finally released they will have one in their hand immediately.

In short, you don't like wp. Just skip it and buy whatever you like. The existence of wp will not affect your life. Thanks.

FYI.. sorry to burst your bubble.. but the Price is the selling point.. not the OS.. THe X is pre order for CNY599, the closest Nokia phone is the 520 and it retails for CNY 1099. almost double the price.. the vast majority of users in china are all about PRICE!! not tech specs or OS.. they would rather put food on the table then have the Latest high end phone.
Now if you were to do a bit of research.. and I know that's grasping for a lot of you here.. you'd also know that the Nokia 520 SOLD OUT in all major retailers and third party shops when released back in 2013.. what can they say, China likes Nokia

VictorWho said,
This absolutely proves....PROVES...... how awful and antiquated Windows Phone is.

People would rather buy a cheap Nokia Android phone than a cheap Nokia Windows Phone.

The reason for this is not hard at all. For one thing, Android phones are beautiful and elegant. You can customize it to whatever or however the user sees fit. With Windows Phone, you got that messy, stress-ful looking Metro tile system, where time and time again keeps getting rejected over and over.

Of course, there is the "Apps" thing...do we need to discuss that?

Let's face it, Windows Phone is the Betamax of this tech-consumer generation. People say that Windows Phone is a "quality" phone....what does that mean? AS IF....other phones are gonna fall apart like a cheap t-shirt in the washer and dryer? Say that to the people who are asking for hardware help for their Windows Phone on many WP blogs and the office Microsoft Support website.

This isn't my exactly a knock on Windows Phone. Rather, this is my wake up call.

WOW....1 million pre-orders. That means that the Chinese gave the vendor/distributor credit card information in order to secure the phone, so when it is finally released they will have one in their hand immediately.


WOW this actually proves your disdain for WP and nothing more. Android is beautiful and elegant? Who says that? Really?

Actually that is NOT what they did. They only registered for purchase. Not a pre-order in the 'american' sense.

It also doesnt prove anything of the sorts. Lumias also have millions of pre-orders and they are more expensive. The Lumia 520 is 'cheap' but these phones are 'cheaper'. You can't compare them and say people prefer Nokia with Android.

If these buyers prefered Android they would get full android, and not some locked Nokia Phone running MS services. If anything this shows people will buy anything as long as its cheap enough.

Price really is key here. Consumers who buy these devices are coming from featuresphones or other cheap smartphones. They arent smartphone addicts. They dont customize their phones all that much. You also have never had a WP if you think you cant customize it.

VictorWho said,
This absolutely proves....PROVES...... how awful and antiquated Windows Phone is.

People would rather buy a cheap Nokia Android phone than a cheap Nokia Windows Phone.

The reason for this is not hard at all. For one thing, Android phones are beautiful and elegant. You can customize it to whatever or however the user sees fit. With Windows Phone, you got that messy, stress-ful looking Metro tile system, where time and time again keeps getting rejected over and over.

Of course, there is the "Apps" thing...do we need to discuss that?

Let's face it, Windows Phone is the Betamax of this tech-consumer generation. People say that Windows Phone is a "quality" phone....what does that mean? AS IF....other phones are gonna fall apart like a cheap t-shirt in the washer and dryer? Say that to the people who are asking for hardware help for their Windows Phone on many WP blogs and the office Microsoft Support website.

This isn't my exactly a knock on Windows Phone. Rather, this is my wake up call.

WOW....1 million pre-orders. That means that the Chinese gave the vendor/distributor credit card information in order to secure the phone, so when it is finally released they will have one in their hand immediately.

I stopped reading at "Android phones are beautiful and elegant".

acrodex said,
This is a very misleading. It is actually pre-register (and you get an entry in a sweepstake), not pre-order.

I guess you read preorder differently. The tweet and article stated preorders.

Low cost Nokia Lumia with WP, lukewarm response. Low cost Nokia with android, gangbusters response. Pretty clear message there, Microsoft. WP sucks, fix it or go home.

korupt_one said,
actually if you look at the numbers for low cost wp devices on the market right now they sell extremely well, Lumia 520 and 521

There were 284 million smartphones sold last quarter.

How many of them were Windows Phone?

Not that many...

R3DL1N3 said,
Is "Not that many" an official number? or something you pulled out of your ass?

My comment was challenging the notion that Windows Phone is selling "extremely well"

If you wanna confront anyone... go after the previous poster who claimed that.

Unfortunately... hardly any manufacturers publish quarterly sales numbers. So we have to rely on analyst speculation.

But not even the analysts are saying that Windows Phone sells a significant number of units.

Do you want numbers? I've seen reports of Windows Phone selling 8-10 million units last quarter. But that's out of the previously mentioned 284 million smartphones sold last quarter.

I've also seen reports of Windows Phone market share hitting as high as 3.6%

But again... neither of those figures indicate that Windows Phone is selling "extremely well"

And that's why I used the words "not that many"

efjay said,
Low cost Nokia Lumia with WP, lukewarm response. Low cost Nokia with android, gangbusters response. Pretty clear message there, Microsoft. WP sucks, fix it or go home.

No WP is available at this price point. And don't forget that Lumia pre-orders where multiple millions as well. Not to mention the cheapest Lumias sell great. The Nokia X would sell millions whether it ran Android or WP.

And why does WP suck? Have you even tried it? What should MS 'fix'? Because most people against WP just point out that it lacks app. The OS itself is great and even haters know it.

if you look at growth quarter by quarter then yes it is selling well, in Europe for example it is selling well, in north America is selling average amounts, china average amounts, latin America its selling well. and confirmed that it was the fastest growing mobile os in 2013. Enterprise is also selling very well for wp.

all Microsoft has to do is wipe that junk off these phones and put wp with those pricepoints,and they've got an easy bag of money.

Wouldn't they just buy one of the thousands of other cheap android phones if that's what they wanted to do? Or am I missing something?

Figure 8 Dash said,
Will be hacked to run stock Android by every single buyer.
Says more about your short-sighted POV of the world outside this minute little corner of the internet.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Will be hacked to run stock Android by every single buyer.

I don't think so. Most people don't hack or mess around with their phones. They just want a Phone that works. Which is why Microsoft can afford having an Android Phone in their line-up. A few people will hack it and have a Nokia running Google software but most will not. What is important is that Microsoft/Nokia are able to offer a cheap smartphone for the featurephone buyers that are willing to move one step up. In time hardware will become cheaper and these phones can run WP.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Will be hacked to run stock Android by every single buyer.
You really project your own value and capabilities with tech on 1m people in China? I'd say its much more likely that these 1m do what most users do, barely customize and use what's spoon fed to them by the provider.