Today HTC officially announced the Merge, a new Android 2.2 Froyo powered smartphone that offers a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The company has finally given an official nod to the HTC Merge which is touted as their first ever Android-based CDMA world smartphone. The device is slated to be launched through multiple carriers in North America this spring.
The Merge offers a 3.8-inch touchscreen display, a 5MP camera that’s capable of shooting 720p video. Other features include GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. For now, specs on the device are relatively slim, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear it runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snadpragon processor, like most of HTC’s other new devices. Unlike the ThunderBolt, headed to Verizon Wireless, there’s no mention of support for 4G networks.
Also, there’s no mention of LTE support — but they might just be holding that back for certain carriers (read: Verizon) to talk up when launch time comes sometime in “Spring 2011?.
“HTC prides itself on creating unique solutions that meet the needs of different customers, and with features like a full keyboard and global 3G roaming, the HTC Merge smartphone is the perfect example of this commitment. Combining the functionality of Android with the HTC Sense experience, the HTC Merge is the perfect device for those customers who are looking for a reliable mobile experience with the features and functionality of a smartphone, whether it’s at home or travelling around the world,” commented Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC America.