updated 10:20 am EDT, Fri May 28, 2010
Company claims sales exceeded expectations
Nokia reportedly sold less than 100,000 N900 smartphones in the five months since it has been available on the market, according to research firm Gartner. After launching the device in November, the company sold 50,000 in 2009 before sales began to drop off in the first quarter of 2010.
Nokia has yet to confirm the accuracy of Gartner's analysis, however the company's head of solutions business Alberto Torres suggests sales have not been lackluster. "Sales have substantially exceeded expectations," Torres said at the Open Mobile Summit in London.
Although the unit numbers for the N900 clearly pale in comparison to rival handsets such as the iPhone, the model represents a specialty device. Nokia's N97 and N97 mini are targeted at a wider audience, however the company has yet to disclose details regarding sales numbers across its range of smartphones.
Nokia recently announced a reorganization strategy designed to help it compete with rivals. The company will be split into three groups, each focusing on a different category of handsets. Separate divisions will handle the low-end devices and smartphones, while the third group is geared toward marketing. [via Reuters]