We recently heard that the HTC Desire 816 scored a ton of pre-orders in China in just a few days, and now we're hearing the same for the Nokia X, which has hit 1 million in just four days. The Nokia X is Nokia's low-end smartphone that runs a forked version of Android, it was announced at Mobile World Congress last month, and many Nokia fans were disappointed. As they were hoping for a nice high-end Nokia Android smartphone, and they didn't really get that. It is a very low-end – 512MB of RAM low – with a forked version of Android. Kind of like what Amazon does on their Kindle lineup.
The Nokia X is supposed to be coming to China on March 25th, so we still have roughly two weeks before it officially launches, but so far it's looking good for Nokia, at least in China. The Nokia X isn't expected to be widely available in the US, but I'm sure it'll be available from our favorite unlocked smartphone companies like Expansys, Amazon, and Negri Electronics, for a pretty cheap price tag.
China has the biggest smartphone market right now, even larger than the US. Which means it's no real surprise to see both the Nokia X and the HTC Desire 816 become very popular over there. Both phones look really great and are for two different markets. The Nokia X line is for the really low-end and the HTC Desire 816 is for the mid-range market. Nonetheless, it's great to see two struggling OEMs actually making a dent in some sales, even though it is in the low-end and mid-range market, and in China.
We've heard rumors of a higher-end Nokia phone coming with Android soon. So hopefully that comes out before Microsoft officially takes over the company, or else we may never see it, unfortunately.