HTC Merge will be available at the previously announced spring US launch as the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now reviewing the world phone. According to an article over on Ubergizmo and by way of Droid-life, the Android 2.2 Froyo packing HTC Merge has hit the FCC and has a Verizon user guide in tow, so it’s pretty clear that the HTC Merge is destined for the Big Red.
No specific names had been revealed then, but now while the device was passing through the FCC, a user manual with the Verizon branding also was seen. So that means one of those carriers to get HTC Merge could be Verizon Wireless. You can take a look at the internal photos of the Merge below. Notable is the presence of SanDisk NAND memory, Samsung SDRAM and a Broadcom WiFi transceiver chip. Also visible is a Qualcomm power management chip, although the device’s process doesn’t appear in internal photos.
The phone was announced by HTC last Feb. 25 in Washington. It said that the HTC Merge will be available by spring to US carriers. However, judging from the manual submitted to the FCC, it seems that Verizon will be the first carrier that the smartphone is heading to. The HTC Merge sports both GSM and CDMA radios, a 5 megapixel camera GPS< Bluetooth and WiFi, slide out QWERTY keyboard and a 3.8 inch touch screen, but unfortunately if you are looking to play nice on Verizon’s 4G LTE network you wont be doing it with the HTC Merge.
There’s no word on when the Merge will be launched or how much it will cost.
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