HTC Corp., said its first Android-based CDMA world phone - dubbed HTC Merge - is slated to hit multiple carriers based in the United States, starting spring 2011.

The new smartphone features Android 2.2, QWERTY slide-out keyboard, global 3G roaming, a large 3.8-inch touch-screen display and a 5 megapixel camera. The new device also comes with integrated GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity and even the ability to capture high-definition 720p video. The model may feature an 800 MHz processor.

Combining the functionality of Android with the HTC Sense experience, the HTC Merge is the perfect device for those customers who are looking for a reliable mobile experience with the features and functionality of a smartphone, whether it's at home or travelling around the world, says Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Americas.

The Taiwanese phone maker recently rolled out two new phones - HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa - with a dedicated Facebook button for one-touch access to the key functions of the social networking service. In the United States, HTC plans to bring the new phones to market later this year exclusively with AT&T.