More HTC Merge images and video leak, Verizon's world phone gets benchmarked
The HTC Merge (or Lexikon) will be named something totally different, according to the source, and system info app shows it running atop an 800MHz chipset. It is probably the same new Snapdragon found in the T-Mobile G2, considering both are made by HTC, which has traditionally strong ties with Qualcomm. That chipset earns it a benchmark number of 1497, faster than a Nexus One running Froyo, which can be expected with the new Adreno 205 GPU, and the 45nm manufacturing process for the chipset.
The screen appears to be LCD, but the notable features of the phone are the physical slide-out keyboard, and the fact that it has a SIM card slot, so it can be used on GSM networks overseas, besides on Verizon at home. The keyboard is said to be with top-notch design, chiclet, and with generous amount of key travel, as we've come to expect from HTC. Unfortunately, since it is not part of the DROID line, the phone comes with Bing as the default search engine, but there will be many ways around it.
The world phone has a 5MP camera with LED flash that does HD video recording. Memorywise HTC has got you covered too - the system info showed 363MB RAM/1.3GB ROM. The world phone capabilities coincide with what was seen in the documentation after a mysterious HTC slider appeared at the FCC testing grounds, sporting a 4" screen, so the source is probably a bit off-kilter in that respect, citing 3.7". Otherwise, the device is a looker, and didn't feel thicker than a Motorola DROID 2, for instance.
What do you think, Verizon globetrotters, is this the world device you have been waiting for to soothe your travels?
HTC Merge Preliminary Specifications
2. jdamydavis (unregistered)
does this thing have a front facing camera?
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
No and who cares. Front facing cameras are just a gimmick.
9. erebus (unregistered)
can already tell you don't have one. hopefully by 2011 front facing cameras will be a standard and it would be nice for google to have integration for it in the os. don't try to call it a gimmick just because you have never used it and have no one to use it with. it is actually pretty enjoyable.
10. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i disagree. all smartphones should have front facing cameras.
4. dkljd (unregistered)
I need vzw 2 go 4g and gimme a front cam!!
5. la024 (unregistered)
is the home screen going to have a weather animation like the tp2?
6. VZWbamf (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Oct 2009)
I'm sure it will have HTC's infamours weather flip clock. If it doesn't, you can easily download a very similar weather clock from the Market.
7. VZWbamf (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Oct 2009)
Looks pretty sweet, although the lack of a dedicated row of number keys on the physical qwerty is a bit of a bummer for me.
8. Ryrylovesphones (unregistered)
So I'm unsure whether i want an all touchscreen phone or a phone with a keyboard like this...any advice? I'm somwhat of a texter but not THAT much like some people. So any advice would be super sweet yo
12. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
well i used to have the moto droid with the keyboard,, now i have the droid x without one, i do fine. i do miss being able to type without looking.
13. unAWARE (unregistered)
Ryry, if you go with a touchscreen only, stick with it if you switch so you will aclimate yourself to it. However, if you like having a real keyboard AND want a touchscreen option, a slider is a great bet. If you have a slider, try just using your on-screen keyboard all the time and see how you like using it. If it doesn't do it for you, a slider is the way to go. I, myself, prefer a slider.
14. astrocramp (unregistered)
Not sure why Verizon would have two global roaming form factors with a slide out keyboard. I'd rather see the Droid 2 Global along with a global roaming Droid X. I've been waiting for decent global phones on verizon forever (i'm currently saddled with an HTC Ozone), but really wanted a droid x. Will have to settle for the Droid 2 Pro.