360 degree view of HTC Merge leaked by Verizon

Someone at Verizon may be in trouble after one of its webpages went online featuring images and a 360-degree view of the as yet unreleased HTC Merge smartphone.

The leaked page has since been removed and we imagine there’s much yelling going on behind closed doors, but AndroidCentral managed to nab it before it disappeared.

The phone has a 3.7-inch Sony Super-LCD display and will be powered by a second generation 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It should also feature 368MB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording at 720p.

The Merge will the run the Android 2.2 operating system with HTC’s Sense UI overlay. It’s unlikely that it will be capable of supporting the imminent Gingerbread release if the relatively high minimum requirements for it are to be believed.

A unique feature for the Merge compared to most of HTC’s other smartphone offerings is a nice looking slide-out keypad, making it a potential seller in the business world. 

Another thing we can gauge from the pictures and video is that this is a very snazzy looking phone. It has a similar shape to other HTC models, like the Desire, but it has a pleasing silver rim on the front and casing on the back.

The specs put it in the middle-ground of the smartphone market, so we’d expect it to be around the $300-$500 mark. A Verizon contract will probably bring this price down. It should launch in the US next week.