HTC Merge for Verizon: First Press Shots Leaked

So the appearance of press shots of this Android-powered QWERTY slider serve just once purpose: confirmation that Merge is poised to hit Verizon any day now.

According to the images, the phone will be headed to Verizon (evident from the carrier’s badge on the front) when it is released, unsurprising since they’ve already got some other world CDMA phones in their lineup.

The phone packs an 800MHz processor, a 3.8″ display, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It’s basically a CDMA version of the Desire Z. Expect the phone to drop anytime soon.