Currently codenamed Acadia, HTC Bolt is said to be the first Taiwan-based HTC manufactured smartphone comes running Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Clarified by the HTC ROM developer @LlabTooFeR in the recent statement.
So, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are not the only smartphones to become first and foremost to taste the flavor of Android Nougat 7.1, which of course, made by HTC. However, there’s no actual HTC branding on those Pixel range, so they don’t count anywhere.
Now that LlabTooFeR says the Bolt will officially have HTC’s Sense 8 UI on top of Nougat version 7.1 of Android, the very same can be found on the HTC 10. A phone that the Bolt appears to share almost the same DNA with. Leaked renders of the next-generation Bolt show a similar metal body, poses with front mounted fingerprint scanner and a rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and more.
With that said, HTC Bolt is likely headed for EMEA too, with Android Nougat on-board. The LG V20 isn’t going to be the first non-Google variant powered by Android 7.0 after all. With an HTC 10-identical build squeezed into a smaller body, no headphone jack, but nevertheless, pre-loaded Nougat goodies. Reportedly gearing up for Sprint-only (or Sprint-first) Bolt release later this month.
In fact, exclusive news regarding the oft-rumored smartphone Bolt’s imminent availability in “selected EMEA region countries”, touches US Now Network. To add some twist to the conjecture, the HTC Bolt could go live on October 19, hopefully going on sale shortly thereafter.
If it was rumored that the Bolt would be US-bound device only, there are still chances to have been changed that statement, it should now arrive in Europe, Asia and Africa. The US will get the phone first though, with Sprint appearing to bag exclusive rights to sell it.
No other specifications or pricing details have been leaked, the HTC Bolt is shaping up to be an exciting phone and coming soon to your hands.
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