A few leaks back in September revealed that HTC may just be working on a new smartphone called Bolt. Evan Blass, a noted leaker, posted renders of a silver device. At the time, this phone was codenamed Acadia, with an expected launch date of October. Now, a new report suggests that the former Acadia, now the HTC Bolt, will run Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box.
A ROM developer from HTC confirmed that the Bolt will run Nougat. In addition, it will also have the HTC Sense 8 UI over the Nougat OS. Unfortunately, no new information about specs or features have been revealed. But if the leaks prove to be true, then the Bolt will sport a dual card slot on the right. Fans and critics speculate that one will be for the SIM and the other will be for expandable memory.
The rear of the device render features a single camera lens with a dual LED flash above it. There will also be two antenna bands running across the top and bottom of the phone’s back which is similar to the HTC 10 design. Returning to the front, the leak shows a horizontal home button.
Based from these, the HTC Bolt resembles the HTC 10, minus the placement of the rear flash. A US launch is expected this month, with a global release possibly coming soon after the fact.
As a side note, HTC is also believed to be the official manufacturer of the Google Pixel line, despite the phones not bearing any HTC branding. Speculation exists regarding Google outsourcing this task to the Taiwanese brand. As always, keep your eyes peeled for any official announcement from HTC if the Bolt is indeed coming soon.