HTC has just announced that their latest HTC Merge smartphone will arrive across various North American carriers from the beginning of spring onwards. Just what does the Merge bring to the table? For starters, it will deliver a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard that is powered by the Google Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, coupled with the highly vaunted HTC Sense experience.
Apart from that, it brings along with it a large 3.8-inch touchscreen display and a 5-megapixel camera that will result in a complete mobile experience for those who want a complete smartphone experience. Apart from that, the HTC Merge will also be the first CDMA world phone from HTC that is powered by Android.
HTC has taken great pains to create unique solutions which will meet the needs of different customers, and the Merge does just that with features such as a full keyboard and global 3G roaming. HTC hopes that the HTC Merge will be able to deliver a reliable mobile experience with the features and functionality of a smartphone, regardless of whether you’re one who stays here or do plenty of traveling around the world.
Those who have emails on Microsoft Exchange will definitely appreciate the seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync, not to mention enjoying quick and easy access to Flickr if you happen to share and view pictures, while finding new methods of customizing your experience with the Android Market. After all, with more than a 100,000 apps to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice – although we do admit that plenty of those are shovelware.
The HTC FriendStream service will also let you be up to speed with Facebook and Twitter updates on the go. In terms of hardware, we did talk about its 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash that captures outstanding images even in low light conditions. Want to remain connected on the go? 3G support makes it a snap, while integrated GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity also help you out in a tight spot.
Fancy a spot of video? The camera is also capable of shooting high-definition 720p video for posterity. No idea on which operator will offer the HTC Merge this spring, but you know that there is at least a month more or so to save up for this puppy if you want one.