Nokia Lumia Windows Phone sales up as Nokia losses fall

Nokia Lumia Windows Phones are gathering momentum as Nokia reveals a relatively small loss in the first three months of 2013.

Nokia Lumia Windows Phones, such as the low-cost Nokia Lumia 520 , are gathering momentum as Nokia reveals a relatively small loss in the first three months of 2013.

Sales of Lumia phones increased to 5.6 million devices shifted in the first three months of this year, up by 27 per cent from the end of 2012. Two thirds of those were Windows Phone 8 phones, which means there's still some Windows Phone 7 handsets floating about.

Nokia highlights "significant" sales of the Lumia 620 , winner of a coveted CNET UK Editors' Choice Award, as well as celebrating wider availability of the higher-end Lumia 920 and 820 .

5 million budget Asha smart phones and half a million Symbian phones were also sold.

Nokia's financial results for Q1 were published today. Net sales fell by 20 per cent, and the devices and services division of the company posted a loss of €42m. Other interesting numbers include the fact that the new cross-platform Here maps app lost €97m.

In total the company lost €150m after bringing in €5.85bn in revenue. But despite making an overall loss, things are actually improving for the Finnish phone-fabricator. Last summer, Nokia lost a staggering £1.1bn as networks failed to back Windows Phone.

The company is rumoured to be expanding its Lumia lineup further this year with a 40-megapixel super-camera phone and a big-screen Galaxy Note rival.

Is Nokia doing well or is Lumia -- and Windows Phone -- in trouble? Can Nokia turn things round? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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