HTC Evo launch sales 'overstated'

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US operator Sprint has admitted that sales of the HTC Evo, the world’s first 4G Android phone, were not quite as amazing as they had initially claimed.

The company initially said that sales of the monster-specced phone, set to be a genuine contender against the new iPhone 4, had exceeded expectations, with queues around the block.

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"We originally reported that the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.

"We inadvertently erred in the comparison," Sprint said in a statement.

The HTC Evo sports an impressive spec, including HD video shooting capability and an 8MP camera, in addition to ‘4G’ Wimax connectivity.

The entirely innocent numerical error coincided with the launch day of the Evo's major competitor, the iPhone 4, which also sports HD video abilities and a multitude of new, lustful attributes.