Launch-weekend sales for the new iPhone 3G S could exceed those of the Palm Pre by a margin of ten to one, it has been predicted.
Retail analysts polled by US finance magazine Fortune have forecasted that the new edition of the handset will record unit sales of between 500,000 and 700,000 over the course of the weekend.
This compares will a figure of between 45,000 and 55,000 for the Palm Pre, which was widely touted as a potential iPhone beater, when it arrived in the US on the Sprint network.
Officially launched in the UK today on the O2 network, the iPhone 3G S is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera, a powerful processor and HSDPA support for fast web browsing and downloads.
Meanwhile, the Palm Pre has yet to be granted a concrete release date, but is expected to go on sale at some stage during the third quarter of the year.
Palm’s flagship mobile phone for 2009 features a sizeable touchscreen, a full slide-out Qwerty keyboard, 8GB of internal memory, GPS, Wi-Fi and a changeable battery to make usage more flexible.