The smartphone market is getting another mid-range competitor: The HTC Bolt. While it will not be the company's flagship and cannot compete with other high-end devices, it does sport one particular similarity with one of the market's best choices. The upcoming device is lacking the standard 3.5mm audio jack, just like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
As The Verge reports, the leaked photos seem to be of the final and physical unit, as opposed to the renders that have been making their rounds. It looks a lot like the HTC 10 device that came out earlier in the year. This recent leak, while still not official, does provide the public with a more concise image of the HTC Bolt.
What is probably the most notable feature is that the device does not feature an audio jack, much like the recent flagships of both Apple and Motorola. Dropping what was once a standard inclusion in a smartphone - or any handheld - seems to slowly be dissipating. Unless there is something incredibly wrong with this setup, the general public might not see audio jack at all in the next few years.
As Venture Beat adds, however, the HTC Bolt does have other notable features, especially for what is considered a mid-range product. It has a 5.5-inch FHD display and is powered by the latest Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box. Furthermore, a source of the publication confirms 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. While space is notable, users can expand it with the use of a microSD card.
It also features a fingerprint scanner between the capacitive buttons and a USB Type-C port. The HTC Bolt sports just one bottom-firing speaker, which, while it is standard, negates one feature that is special to HTC. That is, the company's BoomSound audio-enhancing tech is only activated when the user is using earphones.
Expected to arrive in most, if not all, markets globally the HTC Bolt is arriving with an 18-megapixel rear camera. The relatively impressive rear camera will also be capable of shooting 4K videos. Meanwhile, the front camera is 8 megapixels.