Nokia Lumia 920 a big hit in China with fast sellouts

The Nokia Lumia 920 has been sold in the U.S. for several weeks now, and while its carrier AT&T has yet to give any specific sales numbers, there is new cause for optimism for Nokia these days. This weekend, the Lumia 920 went on sale in China, and at least one location saw massive sales.

MyNokiaBlog reports that according to Chinese language websites such as IThome.com, the Nokia store in Shanghai had huge lines outside as people wanted to be one of the first in the country to purchase the Lumia 920. Those same reports claim that the Shanghai store sold out of its initial allotment in just two hours, although its not clear just how many units were in the store.

In related news, BGR.com reports that sales of Windows Phone products are making a bigger impact in parts of southern Europe. In Spain, the market share of Windows Phone devices has gone up to three percent compared to just 0.4 percent a year ago, while the market share for the iPhone in that country has gone down to 4.4 percent. In Italy, the market share for Windows Phone is up to 11.4 percent.

Part of the reason for these numbers is that some countries in Europe, hit hard by the ongoing recession, have seen its residents move to cheaper smartphones. Nokia has apparently lowered the price of its older Lumia 800 and 610 models and people are apparently buying them in that part of the world, while the iPhone is losing market share due to its higher price tag.

Source: MyNokiaBlog.com | Image via IThome.com

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Since they even bother to comment it must be their inferior cell phone purchase they made locked into a two year contract.

Greetings from China. I was one of the lucky ones, managing to grab a white Nokia 920 at Beijing's Zhongguancun market a week ago as they started to trickle in from Hong Kong. This phone will likely sell as many as Nokia can make.

However, this is absolutely nothing compared to how sales will soar when China Mobile ship the Nokia 920T which is the first high-profile smartphone to run on China Mobile's TD-SCDMA 3G system. The 50 million iPhones on China Mobile are all being used in 2G mode (GSM) only and are nothing more than fashion accessories. The Apple stalls at ZGC were absolutely empty of customers yesterday. iPhone and iPad are for "old" people in China. N920 and Surface are the new deal. Still, don't forget we don't do Xmas here. The BIG sales date is Chinese New Year (February 9th). That' the date the manufacturers are shooting for in China.

While looking for a yellow 920 in Melbourne for my wife, every single one of the Telstra stores I called said that the phone was selling out and the only issue was supply numbers (one store said they ordered 25 phones and have only had 5 delivered). When I was picking up the phone I asked the rep about sales and he said iP5 and GS3 sales had declined a bit and the Lumia phones were selling flat out, again with supply being the issue.

Sure that's not the same everywhere all over the world, but it's a sign that the Lumias at least are very popular and not being produced fast enough.

Stephen Elop talked about this, they can't produce them fast enough to meet the demand. I'm not sure why, they are only producing two windows 8 phones. HTC have released around 7 new smartphones in the past few months.

I searched around in Melbourne also as I wanted to see what the yellow one looked like and how the readable the characters were with the yelloow colour scheme (currently have a Lumia 800). All were out but I think Nokia have really missed out big here as this is probably the biggest time of the year to not have supply available.

Will be interesting to see marketshare in q1 2013 after the release of wp8 devices in many areas. Even this year wp's marketshare has been great before the release of wp8.

Hopefully MS sees this kind of thing and decides to go all out for once. I was excited when I heard my provider (rogers Canada) was gonna get WP8 phones first but then found out it was a 920 and only in black.

Good news for WP as a platform, but I hope that the QC for their phones is better than what Nokia allowed out the door over in the states.

What problems are you talking about? I have a family plan with 5 Lumia 920's and none of them have any issues. The only "problem" I noticed was that the pictures where too soft, but that has been fixed last week with the Portico update.

My wife an I both got 920's at the same time. Mine had to go back within a week due to massive battery drain problems and random rebooting. Hers has this weird issue with the screen randomly changing brightness but she didn't tell me till after the 14 day exchange period. Go to wpcentral.com and read about all the issues people are having. I know that everything you read on the net isn't gospel, but there appears too be a lot of QC problems at Nokia with this phone. It's really a joke and doesn't make me feel good about paying for this phone the next two years.

AR556 said,
Hers has this weird issue with the screen randomly changing brightness but she didn't tell me till after the 14 day exchange period. Go to wpcentral.com and read about all the issues people are having. I know that everything you read on the net isn't gospel, but there appears too be a lot of QC problems at Nokia with this phone. It's really a joke and doesn't make me feel good about paying for this phone the next two years.
But you didn't look in Settings and find out there is an option called "Screen brightness" which is on "Automatic", you just need to change it to low, normal or high.

I have a lumia 920 I have not had one single problem with it. I think many who are having the problem are att 920's and could just be the rom installed onto the phone.

Studio384 said,
But you didn't look in Settings and find out there is an option called "Screen brightness" which is on "Automatic", you just need to change it to low, normal or high.

Of course I did, that was the first thing I thought of to workaround the auto-brightness going bonkers. I know its supposed to change relative to the brightness of the room, but its changing rapidly while laying in bed with no change in the light source. neither my defective phone or my new 920 do that, so why should this one? The phone is awesome but there is simply no excuse for the amount of problems surrounding it. I can only guess its because 1. It's being made in China and 2. Nokia has financial problems and they're taking chances with QA to save money.

Edited by AR556, Dec 24 2012, 1:57am :

Kyang said,
Pretty sure being made in China has nothing to do with it.

I would love to think that too, but experience has shown me that a lot of things made in china are sub-par in quality.

AR556 said,

I would love to think that too, but experience has shown me that a lot of things made in china are sub-par in quality.

Do you even realise that the vast majority of phones are made in China? Including Galaxy S3 and iToy. They have a lot of skilled workers over there. I'd much rather have something made there than a place like the U.S, which is i'm sure would produce lower quality at higher prices.

1Pixel said,

Do you even realise that the vast majority of phones are made in China? Including Galaxy S3 and iToy. They have a lot of skilled workers over there. I'd much rather have something made there than a place like the U.S, which is i'm sure would produce lower quality at higher prices.


let me clarify: I'm not saying the Chinese are incompetent in any way, or they're not able to build a quality product. What I'm saying is that Chinese labor is cheap and it seems a lot of companies do not pay the extra expense of QC in order to maximize profits. This trend seems to have started when production of items move to china. This could happen anywhere, obviously, but for now china gets associated with cheap, substandard crap for which I have been the witness as well as the recipient of such goods.

Because the common story is that it can't sell well, we need to find reasons for the sell outs. However, when the iPhone didn't sell as expected in China, we didn't hear that there were too much supply, just that the expectations were too great and the Apple "haters" were being mean.

Major Plonquer said,
Might also have something to do with the fact that iPhone 3G doesn't work on China Mobile (650 million customers).

This article is about selling the Lumia 920, why are you not comparing this to the iPhone 5? So now we need a 4 year old phone to compete with a 2 month phone to ensure Apple gets better sales?

Android is still massive in Europe and China. But I think Windows Phone's unique look and original design will make it stand out. I can see it becomming a big player in developing markets, especially phones like the 620. The saturated markets will take more time but it's obvious word of mouth is now getting around. Especially if you consider the European numbers are pre-WP8 launch. Before it was rare to see a Windows Phone now it seems there is always someone is a group that has one.

Ronnet said,
Android is still massive in Europe and China. But I think Windows Phone's unique look and original design will make it stand out. I can see it becomming a big player in developing markets, especially phones like the 620. The saturated markets will take more time but it's obvious word of mouth is now getting around. Especially if you consider the European numbers are pre-WP8 launch. Before it was rare to see a Windows Phone now it seems there is always someone is a group that has one.

Depends where you go in Holland there aren't any cause there aren't WP8 devices on sale yet. Lumia launches here on 10th of January -.-