Reading Alan Sugar : The Amstrad Story, I just came across one of those little oddities that initially manifest as 'huh, wait a minute' and sometimes just mean someone has made a typo, and sometimes point out something I have fundamentally misunderstood about historical events.
On page 190:
Sinclair had sold over 5 million computers, including more than 1 million Spectrums, its flagship product.
This was in 1986.
Wait a minute. What other computer could Sinclair have sold the other 4 million of? I was under the impression it sold a few million Spectrums, maybe 100,000 each of the ZX80 and ZX81, and not very many of the QL which was basically a flop.
Maybe it was just a typo and the 1 in the above quote should read 4? Then the figures would make sense; 4 million Spectrums and a few hundred thousand of everything else. Or have I been missing something important about the history of the company?