Nokia's first Android smartphone, the Nokia X became sold out
immediately in China, according to some reports citing an online
Windows Phone Central in a report has cited a Chinese
e-commerce website named JD.com and claimed that the Nokia X was sold
out four minutes after online reservations opened. Pre-orders for the
Nokia X launched at 10:00AM on Monday (24 March 2014) in China.
report does not make it clear how many units were available for pre-order on
the JD.com site.
The official Chinese JD.com
notes (English translated), "The
first volume sold out! Next buying time at 12:00 on March 31, due to the
limited volume, only open to users who have qualified for the original
appointment, the dealer orders shall be deleted!"
earlier reports emerging out of China, these orders indeed correspond to
actual sales and are not pre-bookings done without fronting any money.
introduced its Nokia X family, an Android-based smartphone line-up
running a highly customised version of the OS, at MWC 2014 amidst much fanfare.
The move surprised a lot of people in the
tech industry, given the impending acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone
business by Microsoft. There have been suggestions that Nokia's new X
family is an attempt to stay relevant in developing markets, where affordable Android smartphones are being
bought by hundreds of millions of consumers.
The company has
already revealed plans to roll-out more Nokia X smartphones
soon and, is said to be aiming for lower price points.
this month the Nokia X was announced for the Indian market. The Android smartphone from Nokia has been
priced at Rs. 8,599. The Nokia X+, and Nokia XL have been announced for
India as well, and will be launched within the next two months.
Nokia X is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and is
powered by Microsoft and Nokia services. The highlight of the Nokia X is
the highly customised version of Android, with Metro-inspired UI and
access to Nokia's own app store. While there's no access to Google's
Play Store, users can side-load Android apps from any third-party
source. Nokia has used the AOSP version corresponding to Android 4.1
Jelly Bean as the baseline for its operating system.
Nokia X Android phone in pictures