At Microsoft’s shareholders’ meeting today, Steve Ballmer said Windows Phone 8 sales were off to a “great start.” The combination of new software and more powerful hardware had resulted in four times as many sales as this time last year, the Microsoft CEO said.

The two high-end devices, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X, have both been selling out in a number of markets.

How many units that actually translates into is left conveniently unspoken. Shanghai Securities News reports that Nokia has already taken orders for 2.5 million Lumia 920s in the 20 days the phone has been on the market. This isn’t far off the 2.76 million Windows Phone handsets that Gartner estimates were sold in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Lumia 920 is on track to sell more devices this quarter than all Windows Phone OEMs managed a year ago.

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