After building the Pixel and Pixel XL for Google, it looks like HTC is getting ready to launch a new flagship phone of its own. The rumored HTC Bolt first leaked out last month, and a new report adds more fuel to the fire.
According to Twitter tipster @LlabTooFeR, who specializes in HTC rumors, the HTC Bolt is set to run Android Nougat at launch. It should also come with the company’s extra Sense 8.0 software.
Gotta be available in selected EMEA region countries. Codename HTC Acadia.
Android N and Sense 8.0 out of the box… https://t.co/FTvJG7gZzm
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) October 6, 2016
The HTC Bolt will also apparently be available in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It’s already expected to launch in the U.S. after the original leaked image showed the phone with Sprint’s branding on the display. That suggests the Bolt will get a global launch, unlike some of HTC’s more mid-range devices.
Overall, the new smartphone is expected to look pretty similar to the HTC 10. It appears to sport the same basic design with a few minor tweaks. Most notably, the 3.5mm headphone jack is missing in action. It’s possible the Bolt could follow companies like Apple and Lenovo in removing the port, or it might just be a mistake in this early rendering.
Assuming the Bolt really is HTC’s next flagship phone, we probably won’t see it announced until early next year. The company unveiled the HTC 10 in April, so it could be six more months before its successor makes an official debut.