Fourth-quarter sales of Nokia’s new Lumia line of smartphones will reach 2 million units, Deutsche Bank reaffirmed this week. Nokia’s stock took a hit this week as a number of analysts cast a shadow on its debut Windows Phone-powered smartphones. Pacific Crest’s James Faucette cut his sales estimates this quarter from 2 million units to just 500,000, and Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu said the phones were too expensive and lacked innovation. Analysts at Deutshe Bank disagreed, however, reiterating earlier sales estimates of 2 million Lumia phones this quarter. No doubt bolstered by an Xbox promotion, Nokia announced earlier this week that its flagship Lumia 800 has been difficult to keep on store shelves in the United Kingdom. Nokia has not yet announced its plans for Windows Phone devices in the U.S., though the vendor is widely expected to launch its Lumia 800 and several additional models in the U.S. in early 2012.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.