HTC Evo 4G breaks launch day sales records

Evo triples previous record on way to top spot

World's first 4G handset climbs above predecessors

While the biggest mobile rumblings are currently surrounding yesterday’s unveiling of the iPhone 4, what is expected to be one of its main competitors, the HTC Evo 4G has stepped ahead of the crowd by recording the highest opening day sales.

Although a precise figure has yet to be released for the Sprint network sales record, the service provider ensures us that the HTC Evo 4G shifted more than three times the numbers of the previous record holders, the Samsung Instinct and the Palm Pre from their respective launch days.

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The overwhelming popularity seen by the world’s first 4G internet capable phone was so great the Sprint reported: “temporary shortages of the device at some of the 22,000 sales locations across the United States.” Unofficial sources are even suggesting 200,000 units left stores over the launch weekend.

As well as its 4G capabilities allowing for connection over WiMax networks, the Android 2.1 HTC Evo handset also supports 3G connectivity and packs an 8-megapixel camera, HDMI port and HD video capabilities behind its 4.3-inch 800 x 480p LCD screen. Unfortunately, we wont be seeing the HTC Evo 4G landing on our British shores due to lack of 4G connectivity in the UK.

With just over two weeks until the iPhone 4 hits the shelves on June 24th, we can’t see the Evo being king of the mobile sales castle for all that long.