Introducing HTC's Android-based Smartphone: The Merge

After countless leaks and insider rumors, HTC has finally decided to make it official with an announcement: the Merge is coming to US carriers soon.

The Merge is HTC's first Android-powered smartphone that offers the capability of 3G global roaming. The smartphone comes with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and also features a 3.8-inch touchscreen display.

This can be the smartphone that can finally satisfy photography afficionados with its 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus that can shoot flash photos and 720p videos. Other features of the HTC Merge include GPS navigation and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Merge comes with HTC's Sense user interface and also includes HTC's FriendStream functionality that will allow the user to quickly and easily link to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter without having to open any external applications.

The device also allows integration with Exchange ActiveSync so users can access different services easily on the Merge. These include the photo-sharing site Flickr for viewing and posting pictures online and the Android Market where hundreds of thousands of application  are available for download.

A few tech bloggers who were able to give the Merge an advanced test run describe the device as sleek and slim which makes it appropriate for the world traveler. The keyboard was described as being user-friendly as it was properly spaced and was just the right size to allow quick yet accurate typing.

The HTC Merge will be available from multiple US carriers in early spring of 2011. HTC has not announced any specific carriers but speculations by mobile news sites predict that this list would probably include Verizon and Sprint due to the Merge's CDMA connectivity and global GSM support capabilities.

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