The long-awaited Palm Pre launched on Saturday, and Sprint reportedly sold over 50,000 units during this weekend, which was quite possibly the entire available stock of this smartphone.
Analysts are estimating that between 50,000 and 100,000 Pre’s were sold over the weekend, according to the Wall Street Journal.
UPDATE: Sprint has nor released sales figures, but it did announce today that this model broke the company records for first day and first weekend sales.
In order to meet its self-imposed deadline of launching the Palm Pre by mid-year, Palm and Sprint put it on the market in limited quantities. Most stores received just a few units, and those are the ones that went this weekend. Several people posted comments in Brighthand‘s forum dedicated to the Pre saying they want to a Sprint store to look at this model but all that was available was a demo unit.
According to unconfirmed reports, Palm and Sprint won’t be able to keep up with demand until July, when shipments of this phone are expected to rise in quantity.
An Overview of the Palm Pre and the webOS
The Palm Pre uses Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a new, multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google and Facebook.
The Pre itself features a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable 3.1-inch display. This device is also equipped with 8 GB of on-board Storage (7 GB available to users), Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
As mentioned earlier, this smartphone will be available first from Sprint, who has added its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A, Sprint Navigation, and Sprint TV.
A Canadian version from Bell Mobility will be released later this year, while the GSM version for Europe and Latin America is also expected before 2010, and will have the 3G standard HSDPA.