Several unconfirmed reports have indicated that Verizon Wireless is going to offer the HTC Merge, a high-end slider smartphone running Google’s Android OS. The release date for this model has now leaked out.
This upcoming model has attracted the attention of some Verizon subscribers because the carrier has yet to offer an HTC model running Google’s operating system that has a physical keyboard.
The Merge will debut on Thursday, November 11, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This will put it on the market in time for the holiday shopping season, a time when a very significant number of smartphones are sold.
The Merge/Lexikon will supposedly include 3.8-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Touchscreen as well as the standard set of control buttons. Like many HTC models, this one will apparently eschew a D-pad.
On this inside, this smartphone will run Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) on an 800 MHz processor, and sport 512 MB of RAM, according to the leaked description. HTC Sense 1.6 will overlay the standard user interface.
It will also allegedly include a 5 megapixel camera and 4 GB of internal storage.
This Verizon device will supposedly be a worldphone, capable of using this carrier’s CDMA network in the U.S. as well as the GSM networks in Europe, Asia, and beyond.