HTC Merge

Need another sign that the HTC Merge is nearing release? How about a 360-degree look to go along with our previous hands-on and video preview. It popped up on Verizon's website today and was quickly pulled, but that's just not how we do things around here. Check it out, after the break. [Via bigdav1178 in the Android Central Forums]

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HTC Merge 360-degree view appears, quickly disappears from Verizon's site


Great job capturing that video Phil! So at 800MHz isn't this phone slower than the Droid Incredible?

Yeah I'm just curious how the second generation snapdragon (if that's what the 800MHz is) compares to the first gen 1GHz snapdragon. Others have mentioned the G2's performance; is this because the G2 is overclocked? What if the Incredible were overclocked? I'm sure a lot of this is unknown since the Merge is unreleased but we could look to the G2 for answers.

a second gen snapdragon 800MHz runs faster and uses less battery than a first gen 1 GHz snapdragon. Both the G2 and the Merge have the second gen 800 MHz and thats why they both score around a 1500 quadrant stock. the Dinc scores around 1200 stock.

The new processor in the G2 and this perform better than the current 1 GHz processors in the current gen phones without over clocking.

Numbers don't matter the G2 with its 800MHz processor dust the Nexus one and Incredible with their 1ghz processor

Phil -- it's kinda off subject of this blog post but I gotta say I love the fact that you're using Internet Explorer to look at an Android/Google phone and not Chrome. LMAO!

I don't understand. Why release a Google phone featuring Bing? Second, i would never drop my incredible for this phone.

FYI: The 360 view has NOT been pulled; I just went to the site and it is still active.

If you're interested in oogling the phone at your own pace, there's a link to the site in my original post in the forum. Unfortunately, it does not include Phil's awesome background music ;)

Sorry, AT&T doesn't like to get good phones.
If you really want to get this phone, buy the Bell version of the Desire Z. I got mine from Negri Electronics and love it.
It isn't even physically branded, only some junk software which disappeared when I flashed CyanogenMod.

It looks very nice but not enough new features for me to drop my droid x plus I personally don't want any slide out keyboard phones anymore. But that looks to be a nice phone anyways.

An HTC phone with a physical keyboard is very intriguing, but I'm waiting for the HTC Knight to come available on Sprint. I've always wanted an EVO but wanted a physical keyboard. A slightly smaller screen, a larger battery, and a physical keyboard but essentially the same as the EVO? It sounds like my dream phone.

This phone looks nice, but it's no Knight... Plus, I need it on Sprint. :P

I thought it was codenamed the Evo Shift 4G and the market name would be the Knight. Ah, well. I want it regardless.

If I had to have a physical keyboard.... this would be the phone to rule all phones! But since I don't, I'll continue my love affair with the droid x. ;)

Seriously, anyone really care about the newest batch of 3G Droids? Isn't everyone that's on Verizon or interested in Verizon waiting and holding their breath for the announcement of 4G phones? Even cities where 4G isn't rolled out, yet, it will be, and the 4G phones will use CDMA as a backup. New "world phones" aren't all that interesting to me. Let's get on with the 4G network and new gen of phones, can we? I'm living in a city that's on the first list of rollouts for 4G, so I'm pumped. Getting a smartphone soon after they get announced.