8/31/2006 3:58:00 PM
High street round up: Still on top
Sony Ericsson’s K800i is still topping the sales charts, closely trailed by Samsung’s slimline D900.
Both manufacturers have managed near-seamless handovers to their new hero handsets in recent weeks. Sony Ericsson’s K800i inherited the top spot from its W810i Walkman, while demand for the Samsung D900 recently surpassed that for its top-selling E900 touchpad slider.
The Carphone Warehouse is selling the K800i primarily on O2, while Phones 4U is offering it on 3’s Video, Talk and Text 1100 tariff. The D900 is being offered on O2 as well as on Orange’s rejuvenated Animal tariffs.
Nokia’s current range of handsets have not performed as well as expected, however. Its 6233 was widely tipped to inherit the mid-range crown from the 6230i, which is still a popular choice both on contract and prepay, but the 6233 is yet to climb into the top five on Mobile’s contract tracker. The manufacturer is seeing strong demand for the N73 smartphone, but the device is less popular than rival offerings from Samsung and Sony Ericsson.
Motorola continues to outperform its rivals in the prepay sales charts, with the L6 in particular still the most popular choice at the high street multiples. On the contract market however, all of its devices bar the V3i have slipped off the radar in recent weeks. Retailers are, however, expecting strong sales of the forthcoming KRZR and RIZR handsets, which are scheduled for launch this autumn.