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HTC Merge Officially Announced, Headed to Carriers Spring 2011

I hate to say it, but isn’t it a little late for this device?  The HTC Merge was supposed to be out some time back in November or December, but received the temporary-axe just before launch and we thought it had been lost forever.  Then it popped up again in January from one of our Alltel connections who said it should be available within a month, only we’re still sitting here without it.  And then today, HTC actually announced it as the CDMA-world phone we were expecting, but who’s still interested in it?  It has a 3.8″ screen, is not 4G LTE, does not have a front camera, will more-than-likely include an abundance of Bing, and runs old HTC Sense on Android 2.2.  Well, I guess it does have a fancy physical keyboard though.

Tough sell especially with the new lineup of DROID devices including the Incredible 2 on the way, plus a handful of 4G LTE devices.  Anyone still looking at the Merge as their next phone?

Spring 2011.  Full presser after the break.  

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.

About HTC

HTC Corp. (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

HTC, the HTC logo, FriendStream, HTC Merge, and HTC Sense are the trademarks of HTC Corporation.  All other names of companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

  • Anonymous

    This could be just the thing my wife needs coming of an LG enV2. She’s very used to a physical keyboard and I was considering the LG Ally since it was getting 2.2. This will be just right as I think Sense is an easier interface than anything Moto or LG have on Verizon( Samsung is easy but is Bingy and has no keyboard), and she doesn’t need the most powerful thing out. She was also set on the Thunderbolt but $300 is ridiculous and the Merge might even come in at a discounted price since it’s a little late to the game.

    P.S. Why would this have Bing on it? HTC hasn’t done that before have they?

    • Anonymous

      not yet…

    • Anonymous

      not yet…

  • LionStone

    yea damn, i was eyeballin this one too…but very happy w/ my Incredible. This would have been a great choice for my girl’s first smart phone, because she prefers the keys we got her the Droid 2…it’s a bit much for her..but she’s lOvin’ it…yea, the Merge is damn sexi…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I7J4Z55BLI6W3OMFGRZZFNVLQA John

    its called the Incredible S, not the Incredible 2. get your facts straight kellex.

    • DBK

      Incredible 2 for the USA, Incredible S for the rest of the world. Maybe you should take your own advice.

  • Raven

    I love the form factor and keyboard and was waiting on it for a long time before I finally went with my Droid 2 Global, but even for people looking for a cheaper Android phone this is going to be too little too late. Alltel will probably get it, they usually run a generation behind anyway (although the red highlights look very Verizon).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P3ZT7QFBPUTEPZZUWRU5BOVUSQ NAIRB

    a lil birdy told me this will be virgin mobile’s next android phone. $25 android plan ftw

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    Uhm…no.

    Give us a dual core phone with a physical keyboard, 1 gig of RAM, a nice high res 4″+ screen, and a ffc.

    Seriously, give it to us.

    Now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    Uhm…no.

    Give us a dual core phone with a physical keyboard, 1 gig of RAM, a nice high res 4″+ screen, and a ffc.

    Seriously, give it to us.

    Now.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I7J4Z55BLI6W3OMFGRZZFNVLQA John

      who needs a physical keyboard when we have swype?

    • DBK

      Patience….the Droid 3 will soon be with you. Have faith.

  • http://twitter.com/drudometkin David R.

    Nice keyboard

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    3.8″ screen no 4g no front facing camera, what are the positive selling points that would make anybody even consider purchasing this third rate phone?

  • Donna

    And this is exactly what’s going to happen to the Thunderbolt!!!

  • http://twitter.com/niksilp Kayla

    Maybe it’s because I’m on Alltel, but I’m still stoked about the Merge. It blows every other android phone that’s available to me right now out of the water. Plus, keyboard, which is a huge selling point for me.

  • DROID Keyboard Sucks

    The physical keyboard on this phone blows away the POS physical keyboard on the OG DROID.
    The OG DROID physical keyboard is the worst smartphone keyboard of all time.

    • Anonymous

      I beg to differ..
      The OG Droid’s keyboard may not be the best, but once you get used to it you can fly on it. I know, I use mine everyday.

    • DBK

      The Sidekick wants a word with you.

  • Chris Nimon

    Maybe this is being put out as a second tier device?

  • Bigdav1178

    3-6 months ago, I was dead-set that this would be my phone. But delay, after delay, and with the rumored cancellation of the device, I punted and picked up a D2. It’ll be a nice phone with a great keyboard… 3-6 months ago; it’s too late to the market now. Maybe OK for those people on smaller services like Alltel, Cellular South, etc that don’t have a very large choice of phones available; but for Verizon, I’d consider it marginally better then the D2 at best, and the D3 is right around the corner.

  • DBK

    DAMN YOU HTC!!!! DAMN YOOOOUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NonaUbusiness

    It looks like HTC wants to be the new Blackberry. Release new phones with what ends up being outdated hardware and software.

  • Gg101

    Whats going on with HTC lately? All the delays to release last gen devices. I hope it’s because they’re allocating their resources to getting the pyramid out by this summer.

  • Johnny

    Would totally get this if it was 4g with ffc. Its so sexy though. Oh welll

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

    HELL YES! Finally! Skip the ThunderDelay im getting the HTC MERGE!

    /sarcasm

  • http://twitter.com/jayzeroeee Joe

    HTC is getting lame.

  • Kevoskee

    Merge…ing on different carriers? Would be nice to have a phone with a physical keyboard again. Even though I don’t use it on the OG, I like having it there

  • Kevoskee

    Merge…ing on different carriers? Would be nice to have a phone with a physical keyboard again. Even though I don’t use it on the OG, I like having it there

  • Echonaut

    HTC is continuing to disappoint this year with their releases. The Merge is just another phone you can add to a list that includes the Thunderbolt: last year’s hardware with only marginal, unimpressive improvements.

  • Aquaz

    Whaaaattt. All that waiting and it wasn’t true that it was getting upgraded to LTE and a faster CPU? Skipping another HTC phone.

    • Anonymous

      Whoa, similar names????

    • Agent Smith

      In the very unlikely chance that I could use a US prepaid SIM card and be able to switch between it and Verizon for my *secret* reasons reasons then I’d buy this phone right away.

      The only phone I know that could do this is the Blackberry Storm but I’d rather not get a Blackberry.

      • Alan

        That would actually be pretty nifty. There are some areas I go to where Verizon just isn’t that great while AT&T has decent reception. Would be nice if I could switch to an AT&T pay as you go service for those times and just use one Google Voice number.

    • Tops

      If this thing was $99 on contract or a similarly cheap retail price then I’d buy this already outdated phone. If Verizon tries to sell this thing for $199 on contract then I’m going to pass.

  • http://twitter.com/SL1Mike Michael Swaim

    Now if they were to update it with sense 2.1 and add in a 1ghz an LTE Then we’d be talking

  • http://twitter.com/SL1Mike Michael Swaim

    Now if they were to update it with sense 2.1 and add in a 1ghz an LTE Then we’d be talking

    • Anonymous

      Well it has the newer qualcomm chip running at 800mhz, which is actually faster than the first gen 1ghz snapdragon chips.

      • http://twitter.com/SL1Mike Michael Swaim

        Yes True BUT The Thunderbolt is running the NEW 1ghz snapdragon, so why would you want to buy a smaller older phone thats not up to par with the new sense…besides the keyboard.

  • Anonymous

    What a true shame. :( This was such a promising little device, but came far too late. I would still pick it up in a heartbeat if my hometown wasn’t getting LTE this year. Man… I would KILL for this to be LTE.

  • Anonymous

    What a true shame. :( This was such a promising little device, but came far too late. I would still pick it up in a heartbeat if my hometown wasn’t getting LTE this year. Man… I would KILL for this to be LTE.

  • http://twitter.com/RageXicity Mike

    Why don’t you just sell pagers too. They are old technology too

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, I really wished it had 4G LTE, we need a slide out qwerty 4G phone!

    • http://twitter.com/SL1Mike Michael Swaim

      Agreed

  • (v)urphy

    Really HTC??

  • tbaybe

    NO THANKS!