HTC is expected to launch its new 5.5-inch HTC Bolt smartphone exclusively with Sprint. The handset is one step closer to being released, as it has just passed through the FCC for certification.
Over at Apple, it is widely expected to hold a press event on Oct. 27 when it will launch its highly anticipated MacBook Pro, which will reportedly feature a new OLED touch panel above its keyboard allowing users to access different functions based on applications running in the main window, bring Touch-ID to the Mac for the first time and more.
Also, there have been rumblings that Apple is planning to take a page out of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus playbook by removing the standard 3.5mm headphone port from the new MacBook Pro. The company sent out a survey to some of its customers and asked whether they used the headphone port on their MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which has led to speculation it may remove the port in this upcoming release or further down the line.
Apple's removal of the 3.5mm headphone port from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus first made news in November 2015, almost a year before its launch. Apple officially confirmed the rumors when it unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September and now we're beginning to see major Android smartphone makers also remove the much-loved 3.5mm headphone port. Motorola recently launched its Moto Z without a headphone port and HTC is about to do the same.
HTC is expected to launch its HTC Bolt as a Sprint exclusive in the United States before the end of October and recently leaked images confirmed the 5.5-inch phablet will ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone port. While it's still a mystery as to when the HTC Bolt will officially be released, it's one step closer.
A smartphone believed to be the HTC Bolt just received certification from the FCC, which is required before a device can be released to the public. The handset is identified as NM82PYB200 and images confirm some rumored specs, including the smartphone will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, which backs up reports that claimed the HTC Bolt would be the company's first smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat.
The HTC Bolt is expected to feature a 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD display and run apart from Android 7.0 Nougat an updated version of HTC Sense. It will reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot. In terms of camera capabilities, the HTC Bolt is believed to pack in an 18-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfie fans.
While we don't have a specific release date, the FCC certification points to a possible imminent release. We'll keep you posted on any additional HTC Bolt details as they become available.
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