Yesterday, we reported that the brand new Nokia X had received 1 million pre-orders in China - the world’s largest mobile market. Nokia China bragged about this on Weibo, a local Twitter-like microblogging website. However, this might not mean that 1 million customers are ready to buy the smartphone.
As LiveSide.net points out, these 1 million pre-orders were made on JD.com, a hugely popular Chinese online store that apparently allows registered customers to pre-order a product without committing to purchase it. Moreover, users have been lured into hitting the Nokia X pre-order button by a contest that lets one of them win the new Android-based smartphone for free. So it seems that these are more like pre-registrations rather than pre-orders.
Of course, since the Nokia X is really cheap - $97 (or 599 Chinese Yuan) - and offers nice features, plus well-made hardware, we do expect sales to be high in China (and also in other markets). But maybe not up to 1 million units, not yet.
source: JD (translated) via LiveSide.net