The iPhone 3G S has defied the downturn in consumer spending to surpass the opening weekend sales of earlier editions of Apple’s all-conquering mobile phone.
According to data released by the Cupertino-based company, more than one million units of the iPhone 3G S were sold within 72 hours of its launch last Friday.
The handset achieved the landmark despite the fact that it was launched in just eight territories across the globe, compared with the 21 markets where the iPhone 3G went on sale last year.
Analysts have been surprised by the handset’s impressive showing, with many having predicted that under-strain household budgets and the fact that the new phone is a fairly incremental upgrade would limit demand.
Buyers of the new iPhone 3G S can choose between a 16GB and 32GB edition, both of which are be available in black and white.
Other features of the mobile telephone include a 3.2 megapixel camera, a quicker processor than previous editions and HSDPA support for fast downloads.
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