What’s that we hear you ask? Another HTC Android handset with a slide out QWERTY keyboard? Yep that’s what we thought too.
Weeks after the impressive HTC Desire Z was launched, images have appeared on a US mobile operator website showing a 360-degree view of the HTC Merge. The images were quickly removed from the website once the oversight had been spotted but not before the quick people over at Android Central snapped a video of the new handset.
From looking at the video below we like the look of the silver and black shell of the Merge but other than that there’s not much you can say about the phone at this point.
Initially slated for a November 23 release across the pond, the Merge is now likely to see the light of day in the coming week or so, following Verizon’s little faux-pas this morning. Running Android 2.2, a slide out QWERTY keyboard and with a 5-megapixel camera the Merge does seem strangely similar to the Desire Z, which leads to the question: Why?
Well that question unfortunately we cannot answer. There is no doubt that HTC do make some fine Android-powered devices such as the Gratia, the Desire, the Desire HD, the Desire Z, the Wildfire the Legend, the Nexus One (RIP), and so on and so on. But is there room in the market for another HTC Android 2.2 touchscreen smartphone? I guess it will all depend on the price point of the Merge when it finally does emerge and whether or not it will ever come across the pond to Europe. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: Android Central