Nov 15 AT 9:26 PM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

HTC Droid Merge coming to Verizon on November 18th?

The HTC Merge (or Lexikon) was first leaked back in September and even captured on video, but we have yet to get an official release date from Verizon. It appears that could change soon as Verizon is hosting a party on November 18th and the invitation says they will celebrate the launches of the “HTC Droid Merge World-Phone” and the re-launching of the HTC Droid Incredible.

As some of you already know, the HTC Merge is Verizon’s version of the Desire Z, minus the unique z-hinge which has been replaced with your basic slide mechanism. T-Mobile’s version of the Desire Z, the G2, went on sale last month so it us unclear why Verizon has delayed the launch so long.

Verizon’s HTC Merge will be different from the G2 in that it runs HTC’s Sense UI instead of stock Android and it also includes Microsoft’s Bing as the default search provider. Other than that, most of the internal hardware remains the same.

We know Verizon has 4G LTE devices right around the corner so it’s kind of hard to lay down the cash for a new phone right now, but the Desire Z is one of the best QWERTY phones available right now. Verizon also just launched the Droid 2 Global, which has a 1.2 GHz processor, so that might be the better choice if you are looking for the fastest phone that money can buy.

Is anyone out there excited about the Droid Merge? I love my G2, but if I was on Verizon I think I would wait till January 5th and see what they reveal at CES.

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  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I wonder why they didn’t put the new sense on it

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    • http://Website Heff

      Who says it does’t have the new sense? It also probably took longer to bring this to market due to it being a world phone (CDMA and gsm). My guess, since it is running sense is it would be the new version, the desire z has the version of sense. My personal preference would be the G2 type with no SenseUI.

      Guess we’ll find out on Thursday. My original Droid is ready to be upgraded.

  • http://Website Rich

    Relaunching of the Droid Incredible?? Same hardware or refreshed and faster Incredible HD?… I thought the Droid name came with Google Services not Bing

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Not sure exactly. People say the “Incredible HD” has been delayed till 2011 to add 4G LTE support.

  • http://Website Icon

    Yeah I agree. Im waiting for Tegra 2 and LTE. Not a fan of physical keyboards anyway. But looks likens nice device.

    • karlie

      yes, it is. i have it already, and the features on it is amazing. its quicker than the last phone i had. it even survived a car wreck!
      Very impressed!

  • http://Website gabe

    It’s not a Droid if it has Bing you fool, investigate before you write

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Read the source link fool, investigate before you comment. This Merge has been confirmed to have Bing and the invitation calls it the Droid Merge.

    • http://Website Eric

      You are not only a fool but a clown. Way to go Taylor and don’t let this clown’s comments stand.

  • http://Website Bod1ggity

    I thought it wasn’t part of the “DROID” line because it was binged… Verizon better not start “Binging” every phone or im going to cry alot and wet myself… and im not cleaning myself up

    • http://Website Nyreyn

      The not cleaning yourself up part will only hurt you and your family, lol. I understand your point though

  • orginn

    Looks like g2 for Verizon…pass sexi nexi s for me

  • LukeT32

    All verizon phones going to have bing now?

  • http://Website JohnB

    “Verizon also just launched the Droid 2 Global, which has a 1.2 GHz processor, so that might be the better choice if you are looking for the fastest phone that money can buy.”

    You may want to re-phrase this sentence. That 800MHz MSM7630 processor (read: ) in the Merge will outperform 1.2GHz OMAP3 processor in the Droid 2 Global! Plus, it will overclock very well, well beyond the clock speed offered by the OMAP 3 processors. Check out this benchmark table:

  • http://Website Chris

    Is it maybe possible and very likely that the leaked device we’ve seen videos on was not a final product and therefore neither are any of the specs on it. For all we know it was binged in the beginning before they decided to call it a Droid device, and to go along with that we aren’t positive on the hardware either. Like we all know it hasn’t been announced yet therefore any specs or details we’ve heard about it are just speculation based on something that may not even have been a final product. This is also very likely because Verizon and HTC like to be very mysterious just around the holidays and hide as much as possible.

  • http://Website Rdx

    Recently Bing announced that they were not exclusive to Verizon anymore, so maybe Verizon will de bing this phone and call it a droid, will have to wait and see. Verizon might even have WP7 phone soon, dont see the point of binging android phones now.

    • http://Website bod1ggity

      Indeed…. leave stupid microsoft on microsoft machines… stop attempting to ruin my “Google Experience”…. you listening Bill Gates? Your not winning over new clients… your just pissing people off. Go give Bing to people in India. We dont want it here.

  • http://Website CG

    Is the sense on the G2? My thoughts are that they have not developed the sense to have the UI rotated on the home screen which is going to be build into gingerbread.

  • emilia

    Omg! I got my new droid merge yesterday. It’s 200$ and I LOVE IT!!!!!