It'll sell well against the less knowledgeable amateur buyers who will look purely at the spec sheet!
Yes, the higher the figures ( zoom, megapixels, ... ), the better the camera must be
I have a canon compact that has a 16 megapixel sensor; the actual resolution counting for the resolving power of the lens and noise + jpeg compression cannot be higher than about 8 megapixels imho. So what are those extra pixels doing there besides create noise (and sales)....
Don't get me wrong, I like it when they push development but there comes a point where it has lost most of the practicality.