When it was announced in early October, we were pretty underwhelmed by the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic although we did walked away with relatively positive thoughts after playing with the NAM version in February. It seems like those Nokia-crazed Europeans and Asians like it a lot more than anyone could have predicted however, as Nokia has reportedly now shipped a staggering 13 million units. To underscore just how much sales of the 5800 XM have picked up in the past two and a half months, it was only late January when Nokia shipped its millionth handset roughly two months after its initial release. It looks as though early sales were heavily impacted by a horrible pricing decision in which early adopters were forced to purchase a €100 Nokia Music Store voucher and €50 three-month subscription to Nokia Maps. Just how high the sales figures will climb in the coming months is anyone’s guess, but we’re going to guess that sales will increase with diminishing returns.
UPDATE: Oops. Looks like this story is based on a quote from a Nokia exec who got a little excited and mistakenly stated 13 million 5800s shipped instead of 13 million 5310s shipped. Slightly different handsets indeed. Thanks, Symbian-Guru.