1 million Nokia X pre-orders received in China? Maybe not

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

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1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Lmaoooo I knew it was a lie, pfffttt Nokia

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Right, but when the iPhone was registered the same way it was a big deal and guaranteed to be by people who were going to line up even with a pre-order in hand.

7. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

iPhone is iPhone, and a 97$ crap cheap Nokia is a Nokia.

30. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Go to China right now and come back, let me know how many iPhones you find. "Crap cheap" Nokia will outsell the iPhone in China based upon Apple's gouge pricing alone. Don't be fooled, the iPhone is only hot in the United States and UAE (because shieks like 24kt gold-plated iPhones), that's it.

34. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Even in UAE now people start having awareness and they are choosing other brands, though its slow but soon apple will loose its ground bcoz ppl start realizing that iphone is over hyped...

38. SleepingOz unregistered

I'm in China right now and guess what, your argument is freaking invalid! Iphones are everywhere! And again, Nokia is nowhere near outselling Apple here. The chinese would rather buy the outdated 4S than any new high end lumia.

42. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yes go to China right now. You will see that Android in China has around 90% of the market currently. Not to mention China has like 6 native OEMs all producing Android phones. Also with Firefox starting to make $25 smart phones its hard for anyone to compete over their. Nokia used to be big over their with their feature phones, but since smart phones sales surpassed feature phones last year. That's why nokia released Android phones over in China and India because Android has such a high market penetration. WP has around 1% and is still dropping.

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its not a real Android that everyone is use too anyway.

25. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

We have to wait for real sell. Then we can talk.

2. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Must be spammed by typical jobless Nokia fans, created millions of accounts of the sake of spam, just like on every site

18. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Says "FriendsOfSamsung" LOL

29. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lol yeah owners of ze glorious lumia 520.

31. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

If your a real good friend of Samsung, do me a favor and let them know I'm disappointed in the S5 and I want to know why they truly did copy Apple this time by releasing a low-quality phone and putting a flagship sticker and price on it. Troll yourself, Herbert...

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

well played Nokia, well played

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013


8. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

hahahaha all they can have is cheap and cheaper market share lol ..." Yes Nokia Is Achieve Money For 4% Share With Ze Glorious Lumia 520 In The Glorious Nation Of Fartmestan ..."

10. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Nokia is still alive? Mind blown.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol. Sadly typical of Microsoft and Nokia to be this disingenuous about results. It's like how they always win those "People's Choice" awards for best smartphone because they plug the hell out of the contests on Twitter to skew the outcomes of the votes.

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Why don't you do your research before making such accusations, had you done that you would know that MS in not too happy about Nokia X in the first place and that Nokia and MS are still separate companies until the deal official closes as stipulated by Anti trust laws. MS has nothing to do with this, no need to spread lies. Secondly Windows Phone and Nokia won numerous "People choice" awards from different sites and contests, get over it, they make products that millions of consumers enjoy.

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I HAVE done my research. Microsoft should be fine with the X phone, because it's not recognizably an Android phone at all and in fact is chock full of Microsoft and Nokia software. So yeah, Microsoft is heavily involved in this. And in the March Smartphone Madness contest that Laptop runs annually, at least, the results of the vote skewing are easily visible. The vote counts are usually in the hundreds for the other smartphone faceoffs, but every time a Nokia/Microsoft device is one of the contestants, suddenly the votes are in the thousands for it. And this just so happens to coincide with Microsoft and Nokia plugging the contest on Twitter when their devices are up for voting. And all of this for devices on an OS which makes up single percentage points in smartphone market share. Yeah, just try to tell me that the Twitter plugging has nothing to do with it. I'm not saying that the phones aren't good, btw. I'm just saying that it's disingenuous to run around and tell people to vote, or to use a contest for a free phone to get people to do preorders or speak up, then tout the results as if they're fair and objective. For instance, twice Microsoft pulled a stunt on Twitter called "Droidrage" where they asked users to tweet horror stories using Android (originally centered on malware) with a chance to win a free Windows Phone at stake. The first time they did this, they got great results. So they did it again. Hilariously, it backfired on them the second time, and instead of "#droidrage," "#windowsrage" ended up trending on Twitter instead as users called them out on their hypocrisy and opted to share their Windows horror stories.

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Most of the #wrage are probably from the users who have never owned a WP. But Microsoft sure knows how to steam up the haters, who of course, were already haters.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, a lot of the Windows rage posts were about their experiences with Windows overall, not just the phones. So yeah, most of them likely owned Windows machines and had issues. And frankly, 90 percent of my personal problem with Microsoft will disappear when they dissipate this culture they have of constant attack ads, spreading of FUD, and manipulating People's Choice type contests then using the results in their ads.

22. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

With Windows, yes. But still, not a good way to market WP. I don't have as much problems with Windows. Some don't some do.

33. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

What you call attack ads, I call educating the consumer, if Google feels MS is lying then feel free to let the world not what MS is saying is not true. If Google also feels MS is doing something wrong then they should call out MS. I don't support any company being sneaky with consumers, it is not right, its underhanded, I commend MS or any other company that calls out another company that is being sneaky, consumers have a right to know. I enjoy Windows overall, before Windows 7 is was not even a Windows fan, Metro products are great in my opinion and not every product will be for everyone but sometime it seems like most people only hate the products because they are made by Microsoft, such ignorance.

35. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

The problem with the Scroogled ads are MS does much of the same thing, both companies use your data for their own services. It's hypocritical of MS to say only Google does it.

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