The HTC Merge is finally available on Verizon
The HTC Merge super slider has been lurking around the interwebs since September of last year and many are still waiting to see its launch. The HTC Merge was initially codenamed as Lexikon and has been through the rumor mill enough to make its proud parent Verizon disown it, but not entirely. Around October of last year internal documents put a Q4 launch on the HTC Merge, unfortunately that never came into fruition. However, today comes good news for the launch of this full QWERTY sliding Android device from HTC.
The HTC Merge has been made available today through third party distribution chains only. Take a look at the screen shot AndroidCentral got their hands on. By the looks of this internal document it seems that the HTC Merge will only be available to Big Red’s customers through third party retailers. While this document very specifically names Best Buy (Merge cannot be found on their site), we can assume the likes of the Merge to be found at other third party retailers like Radio Shack, Targets etc. While there are no real answers as to why the HTC Merge isn’t going to grace Big Red sales displays, its good to know this high end product will be available and was not scrapped entirely.
If your unfamiliar with the HTC Merge, take a look it’s a very nice device. The candy bar design slides open to expose a full QWERTY keyboard. The HTC Merge run’s Android version 2.2 and comes fully equipped with HTC Sense. The Merge sports a 3.8 inch touch screen display and also come fully equipped with a 5 mega pixel camera for snapping pictures of your favorite moments; this same camera can record video in 720p. Internally the Merge runs on an 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM 7630 processor and comes equipped with 512 MB of RAM. Putting this all together in the HTC Merge’s design makes this a pretty solid phone – just not good enough for Big Red’s sales pitch of course. The Merge was announced for Cellular South as well as Alltel awhile back, however cannot be found on their sites now.
If you’re eyeing a new HTC Merge under Verizon’s network you should be able to pick one up shortly from the likes of third party vendors. Pricing at this point is unknown, but could easily be guesstimated at or around $150 to $200 bucks. But given its bastardized reputation we could potentially expect to see this great device sell for much cheaper… just don’t expect any Android update further down the line.
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