The Merge was supposed to be announced by Verizon and HTC at the Droid celebration party in Seattle, tonight. Sadly, that did not happen but the handset did make an appearance on Verizon’s website. Though, the image was pulled back a few minutes later. The full 360 degree view of the phone was up on the site before being pulled.
This definitely means that the Merge is quite close to its release. The HTC Merge is the Verizon’s version of the T-Mobile G2 or the HTC Desire Z. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD and is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm Scorpio processor. The handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. The Merge also packs a pop-out four-row QWERTY keyboard.
However, it is still unclear whether Verizon will be branding the Merge as a Droid device or just another Android handset in their portfolio.