Against all odds, Nokia’s loyalty to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform might finally be paying off. In a new report by The Wall Street Journal, sources close to Nokia claim the company managed to sell over eight million Lumias this past quarter—during the June to September period—up from 7.4 million units sold during the second quarter; the uptick in sales is more than double Nokia reported a year ago.
Earnings are expected to officially be announced on Oct. 29, so the 8 million figure isn’t yet confirmed—a spokesperson declined to comment. But if the data is correct, it’ll surely give Nokia plenty of momentum heading into the holiday season, especially with up to six new products on the docket for an announcement in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 22. Among them, Nokia could unveil its first phablet device, the Lumia 1520, which will allegedly sport a full HD display.
Not to take anything away from how terrific Lumia handsets are, but since Nokia is by and large the sole supporter of Windows Phone, it’s no surprise to see the company’s handsets out on top. The mobile market is still a two horse race, however, and will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future. By comparison, Apple sold 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c units during launch weekend. But don’t count Windows Phone out just yet—not with Nokia around.