It is quite a shame that this device has not made it to the shelves for such a long time, especially since it has been rumored around since September 2010. There has even been some hands-on action, and if that was not enough teasing, it even went through a rumored launch date and showed up at Verizon’s site (for a very short period of time, of course…). With all the hype about this phone, we would have expected it to release at least by the holidays, but the days just kept coming without signs of Verizon’s lost child.
Today, without any announcements or notifications, the HTC Merge has come back from its unknown, long… very long quest. According to a tipped document that Android Central just got a hold of, Verizon’s HTC Merge will be available as of today (May 12, 2011). The interesting part is that the Merge will not be sold by Verizon itself, but it will only be available through 3rd party retailers (such as Best Buy). Interesting move…
If you have not heard of the HTC Merge, or simply forgot about it, the specs are not too amazing (of course, it is a device from last year). Some of the main features include an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM 7630 processor, 512 MB of RAM, Android 2.2 Froyo, 2 GB of built in memory, and a 5 MP camera with 720p video recording. Of course, we can not forget about that very stunning physical slide-out keyboard, which is pretty much its main attraction (mixing great aesthetics with outstanding typing comfort). As we have mentioned before, this is pretty much Verizon’s version of the HTC Desire Z (like the G2 for T-Mobile), but with some physical modifications.
We still have no word on pricing, but since it should be out anytime now, details will come soon, so stay tuned for updates on this “lost & found” device. Though the Merge is a bit of an outdated, maybe factors like dual-core processors, front-facing cameras, and 4G are simply not that important to you. Personally, I love slide-out keyboards, and if I was to choose a device that had to have one, I would actually take the Merge over any of the Android devices with physical keyboards on Verizon (like the LG Ally, or the multiple Motorola smartphones). The keyboard just does it for me (plus, I happen to like HTC devices), but we like to know what you guys think, so please let us know your opinions on the Merge.