We knew that HTC has planned to release the Android powered HTC Merge handset as CDMA global capable handset in the U.S. through multiple carriers. A few days ago, We heard that Verizon branded HTC Merge was released by some 3rd party retailers only, but nothing has been confirmed officially yet. Alltel is the only carrier in the U.S. has to release it with a price tag of $129.99. According to a previous leaked memo, HTC Merge was supposed to be releasing on April 29th, but it didn’t happen. But, according to another fresh leaked internal document, the QWERTY-sliding HTC Merge device is set to hit the stores on May 31st.
The HTC Merge is a world phone Android smartphone for CDMA carriers with global roaming capabilities. It comes pre-loaded with the outdated Android 2.2 Froyo, flavored with HTC Sense, equipped with full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with flash to record video in 720p, powered by 800 MHz processor and boosted with 512 MB of RAM, sporting a 3.8-inch WVGA display, Inside you will find radios for 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and CDMA with EVDO Rev A. It has also got a micro-SD card slot for memory expansion up to 32GB, along with DLNA capability, Stereo FM radio with RDS, powered by 1400 mAh Li-Ion battery, and a whole host of Android & U.S. Cellular services.
According to the sources, the U.S. Cellular branded HTC Merge handset will be releasing with a price tag of $249.99 with a new agreement, and before the $100 mail in rebate.
Here is the leaked internal doc showing the HTC Merge release date:
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[Source: Android Central Forums]