The HTC Merge wowed smartphone fans as HTC's first CDMA Android World Phone which is capable of roaming around the globe. The smartphone from HTC will be made available through multiple North American carriers beginning in spring 2011.
It is a smartphone which features a QWERTY slide-out keyboard similar to Motorola Droid 2 and it falls in line with BlackBerry Torch 9800. Here is a comparison of the three smartphones.
HTC's Merge features a 3.8-inch capacitive S-LCD touch-screen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution against Droid 2's 3.7-inch TFT capacitive touch-screen display and Torch 9800's 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touch-screen display with 360 x 480 pixel resolution.
The common input features found in these three smartphones include proximity sensors for auto turn-off and multi-touch input. HTC Merge will come with accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate similar to one found in the Droid 2 and will also have touch sensitive controls and HTC Sense UI. Droid 2 also comes with Swype input.
Both Droid 2 and Merge feature Android OS version 2.2 (Froyo) but BlackBerry Torch runs on BlackBerry OS 6.0.
HTC Merge is expected to feature an 800 MHz processor and a 363 MB RAM. The Droid 2 has 512 MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor whereas Torch features a 624 MHz processor and comes with 512 MB RAM.
When it comes to storage Merge is expected to feature 4 GB internal storage similar to the Torch but the Droid 2 has 8 GB internal storage.
All the three smartphones have a 5-megapixel 2592 ? 1944 pixel camera with autofocus and geo tagging feature. Moreover Merge will have ability to capture high-definition 720p video.
Other common features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB version 2.0, 3.5mm jack, HTML browser, A-GPS support and Java via third party application.
The price of the HTC hasn't been issued yet, but it will likely need to beat the current crop of 4G phones that pack Tegra 2 processors. Another factor that may help the smartphone's cause is being HTC's first CDMA Android World Phone.
Being confident about smartphones success, Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Americas said, HTC prides itself on creating unique solutions that meet the needs of different customers, and with features like a full keyboard and global 3G roaming, the HTC Merge smartphone is the perfect example of this commitment. 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.