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No-headphone-jack trend continues with rumored HTC Bolt

A frequent tipster posted a rendering of a phone rumored to be the HTC Bolt shows the phone going the way of the iPhone 7 and Motorola Moto Z.

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Hold on to your headphones, ladies and gents. An early rendering of what is said to be the upcoming HTC Bolt depicts another phone that loses its dedicated headphone jack.

The render posted to Twitter from Evan Blass, a frequent tipster known for leaking early information on consumer tech.

After HTC's revenue took a big hit this year, the company is hoping to get back up to speed. Perhaps more phone releases and the Samsung recall controversy is exactly what the company needs to slow its decline. HTC has just unveiled its HTC Desire 10 Pro, and a video of a rumored HTC Ocean recently surfaced on the internet.

The alleged image shows a silver device that looks very similar to the HTC 10. On the front of the handset we can see a camera and home button. On the back we see a camera, flash, and HTC logo.


The alleged device

@evleaks via Twitter

What we don't see, however, is a headphone jack. Even though we don't have a clear view of the top or the bottom of the phone, it looks like there is some sort of USB charging-port at the bottom, while evidence of a headphone jack is nowhere to be found. Blass' Twitter followers, as well as Android Authority, were quick to point out the missing headphone jack. One such tweet was later retweeted by Blass himself.

Motorola's Moto Z and Apple's just-released iPhone 7 have both quit the headphone jack this year. While the trend is still new, a move to dongles, USB-C headphones and wireless hearphones might easily make this design the new normal.

HTC hasn't officially announced the Bolt, so for now, this is still no more than a rumor. HTC did not respond to CNET's request for comment.