Gartner numbers show 500,000 Nokia N97 units sold since June
Gartner posted their 2nd quarter 2009 data that shows continued increases in smartphone sales. Nokia continues to be the clear leader with 45% of the worldwide smartphone market, yet a majority of that share is for the lower end model and not necessarily the Nseries or Eseries devices. Apple also showed a HUGE increase of 10.5% up to the current 13.3%. RIM is in second behind Nokia at 18.7%, but Nokia still can’t rest at its 45% share.
A rather disappointing part of the report states:
Nokia maintained its leadership position, but its portfolio remained heavily skewed toward low-end devices. Its flagship high-end N97 smartphone met little enthusiasm at its launch in the second quarter of 2009 and has sold just 500,000 units in the channel since it started to ship in June, compared to Apple’s iPhone 3G S, which sold 1 million units in its first weekend.
I expect that Nokia hoped for more sales than this over the worldwide market and think the long period between announcement and release did not help. I know that Nokia has bright people and can innovate, as they have shown in the past, and I hope to see some great things from them in the future too.
I still have my Nokia N97 and am planning to continue using it off and on with the hope that Nokia rolls out updates that improve the device experience since it can be frustrating at times.