Nokia’s Lumia 900 has topped the Amazon.com smartphone sales charts on its debut in the United States, offering glimpses of a potential revival for Finland's mobile giant.
The device is a larger, 4G-capable version of the Lumia 800, the Windows Phone handset that Nokia introduced in Britain last year.
The Lumia 900 beat an array of Android handsets to claim the number one spot on Amazon.com, including Motorola Droid Razr Maxx 4G, and Samsung’s 4G Galaxy SII. The iPhone is not included in the chart as Amazon does not sell it with a service plan.
There were also reports of the Lumia 900, which is only available on the AT&T network, selling out at bricks and mortar retailers.
The Lumia 800 and 900 are Nokia’s first flagship Windows Phone devices and are seen as make or break devices for the firm. Nokia controversially abandoned its own mobile operating systems in early 2011 to work with Microsoft, after failing to respond quickly to the new generation of touch screen phones and easy-to-use apps heralded by the introduction of the iPhone in 2007.
The Lumia's hardware and software have been well received by reviewers but has arrived after a long head start for the iPhone, which made its debut in 2007, and Android devices, which have been available since 2008.
There have been reports that Nokia and AT&T will back the American launch with a massive marketing budget of more than $100m in an effort to make an splash.
Nokia has note released official figures on European Lumia 800 sales since its launch in November.