The Palm Pre has made a strong start in its bid to challenge to the new iPhone 3G S, the handset’s US network carrier has revealed.
According to Sprint, which has exclusive rights to sell the Palm Pre in the US, over 50,000 units of the new mobile phone were sold over the course of its launch weekend.
This stands as the highest-ever number of sales for a handset launch on the Sprint network.
The impressive showing followed a slew of overwhelmingly positive reviews for the mobile phone on technology sites.
However, UK consumers will have to wait until at least the third quarter to get their hands on the Pre, due to supply shortages.
Network carriers have yet to be confirmed, but rumours that O2 will offer the Pre as an exclusive are now thought to be wide of the mark, after the telecommunications firm was named as the UK carrier of the forthcoming Apple handset.
Standout features of the Palm Pre include 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.
Current-generation devices from Palm include the Palm Treo 500v and the Palm Treo Pro.