While Verizon still hasn’t announced (or at least confirmed) the HTC Merge / Lexikon, the smartphone obviously exists, and it’s even been previewed.
Android Central got the chance to examine the Merge, confirming most of the things we’ve heard before: it’s a Verizon global handset (so it’s got a SIM card slot), it runs Android 2.2, it features Bing services (thus it’s not a Droid series device), it has a nice sliding QWERTY keyboard, 3.5mm headset jack, an 800MHz processor, and a ~3.7 inch display that seems to be SLCD (not AMOLED).
The new HTC smartphone also features a 5MP camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 363MB of RAM available to users, 1.3GB storage space, and Sense UI (not the new Sense UI found on the Desire HD and Desire Z – but an update may come by the time the Merge gets to be released).
Android Central even made some benchmark tests on the handset, and the scores are higher than on handsets with 1GHz processors (like the Motorola Droid X and the Samsung Galaxy S). See the video below:
It’s said that the final name of the smartphone will not be Merge, and neither Lexikon, so Verizon probably still hasn’t decided on the official moniker. We’ll probably find out more on that later this month.
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