Analyst: Less than 500,000 Nokia Lumia phones will ship in Q4

While Nokia may be publicly saying that they are pleased with the initial reception of its Lumia 800 smartphone, that's not the case for others. reports that according to a note from Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette, shipments of the Windows Phone-based device will be much lower than he first anticipated for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Earlier, Faucette had predicted that Nokia could ship as much as 2 million units of the Lumia phones into the six European markets that were picked as the smartphone's first launch territories. Now, things are different. He states, " ... we now believe that those shipments are likely to be less than 1 million for the quarter." In fact, he believes the shipment numbers will come in at less than 500,000 units.

Keep in mind this is just one analyst's predictions. It's more than possible that Nokia was conservative in their European shipment numbers for the Lumia 800 to start with. The smartphone has also yet to launch here in the US. In any case it's far too early to start panicking over shipment and sales numbers until Nokia reveals those figures.  That will likely happen in January of 2012 when the company reveals its quarterly financial numbers for the fourth quarter of 2012.

The Lumia 800 has been well received and has already racked up some new hardware for its trophy shelf. The Lumia 800 will sell well and as soon as it starts hitting the shelves in volume globally, Microsoft will finally start to claw back into the market share of Google and Apple. 

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