Windows Phone 7 sales are an elusive topic ever since the launch of the platform back in November 2010. Even after Microsoft announced its quarterly financial results, it remained tight-lipped about the actual sales of WP7 phones, but could the company have stumbled more than expected? According to Russian tech analyst Eldar Murtazin that's exactly the case as he estimates Windows Phone 7 sales at the disappointing 674,000 units. Murtazin doesn't specify the period, but by all visible clues he refers to data for 2010.
The analyst doesn't provide any details about the basis of his calculations, so take this with a grain of salt and more as an approximation as none of the phone makers or carriers has given an exact sales figure. But Murtazin does mention that unofficial data he got from carriers and retail chains is “catastrophic.” To put it all in context, Redmond has announced that carriers have shipped some 1.5 million WP7 smartphones to the market, but actual sales to the end-user haven't reached even a half of that number. And the gap between shipped and sold units has continued to widen in Q1 2011.
The analyst summarizes sales harshly as an expected absolute failure, laying the blame on Microsoft's strategy to try to compete in the already crowded high-end segment where iOS and Android have proven their maturity, while WP7 has been lacking basic features up until recently. What is your opinion on Redmond's WP7 platform? Don't hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below!
source: Mobile-Review (translated)