HTC Announce 2.2-Powered Merge for North American Carriers

Ahhh, the HTC Merge.  First spotted by us all the way back in the summer of 2010, we’re finally getting official confirmation of your existence.  HTC announced earlier today that this Android 2.2 handset is finally coming to the US via multiple carriers.  Hardware details include a 3.8-inch touch display, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel camera, and 3G support. The Merge, which happens to be HTC’s first CDMA world phone, is due in the Spring of 2011.  Hit the break for the press release if that’s your sort of thing.

The HTC Merge Smartphone Brings Android™ and HTC Sense™ to HTC’s First CDMA Android World Phone

BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — HTC Corp., a global designer of smartphones, today announced that the new HTC Merge smartphone will be made available through multiple North American carriers beginning in spring 2011. The HTC Merge smartphone combines a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard with the power of Android 2.2, the HTC Sense experience, a large 3.8-inch touch-screen display and a 5 megapixel camera to create a complete mobile experience for those looking for a truly complete smartphone. The HTC Merge is also HTC’s first Android-based CDMA world phone.

“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,” said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Americas. “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.”

Customers will appreciate seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync, enjoy quick and easy access to Flickr® for sharing and viewing pictures, and find new ways to customize their experience with the Android Market™ with more than 100,000 applications. With a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, customers will be able to keep in touch with friends and family no matter where they are, as well as stay in the loop with Flickr, Facebook® and Twitter™ updates through HTC FriendStream™.
In addition, the HTC Merge smartphone has a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash that captures outstanding images, while 3G connectivity makes sharing those special moments with friends and family quick and easy. The HTC Merge smartphone also comes with integrated GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity and even the ability to capture high-definition 720p video.

Availability

HTC Merge is slated to be available from multiple North American operators beginning in spring 2011.

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8 Comments

  1. Muddy13
    February 25, 16:30 Reply

    Why would anyone waste their time buying a phone with Android 2.2 when it’s already outdated?

    Also isn’t the Verizon model a Bing phone? Strike 2?

  2. jon
    February 26, 10:58 Reply

    This is the updated version of the MT slide?

  3. AndroidFreak
    February 27, 15:32 Reply

    Don’t see any reason to upgrade from my droid incredible to this? I am better with the virtual keyboard than the physical keyboard. Plus the camera is worse. What is one of the better features with that being said.

    • Lolthisismyname
      March 17, 18:27 Reply

      The physical keyboard is a big selling point. This phone is faster than the Incredible, but it sounds like the HTC Pyramid or the newly released Thunderbolt would be a better phone for someone who doesn’t care for a physical keyboard.

  4. Android World
    February 28, 11:23 Reply

    HTC says it is a World Phone. Anyone can explain why they say it?

  5. Lolthisismyname
    March 17, 18:15 Reply

    I’ve been lusting after this phone ever since I heard about it, but I feel like the specs are pretty underwhelming at this point.

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