Analyst: Nokia Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z both off to a slow start in the states

Analyst: Nokia Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z both off to a slow start in the states
Wall Street analyst William Power toils for R.W. Baird and as part of his job, he checked out AT&T and T-Mobile stores to get the lay of the land on a couple of phones expected to be red hot sellers in the U.S. The two handsets are the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Sony Xperia Z. Ever since CES at Las Vegas in January, the Sony Xperia Z has captured quite a buzz with its water and dust resistant capabilities and top-shelf specs. This model has been available from T-Mobile since July 17th for $99.99 down and 24 monthly installments of  $20 each for a total price of $579.99

According to Power's checks of T-Mobile locations, reps in the stores are recommending the Sony Xperia Z third after the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5. As a result, the analyst says that the phone is recommended at T-Mobile about as often as the HTC One is. On the other hand, the reps at AT&T have nothing but nice things to say about the Nokia Lumia 1020. But according to those who toil for the nation's second largest carrier, the high price of the camera-centric model ($299.99 on contract) plus the hassle of learning a whole new OS (Windows Phone 8), are two of the factors keeping sales down. At AT&T retail stores, only a few have sold out of the device. At some locations, Power and his analysts were the first people to inquire about the model. But with the phone just launching on Friday, the Baird analyst admits that his survey is "Obviously an early read," and to him it "still feels like an uphill battle for Nokia and Windows."

source: Barron's via BGR

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