What if the LG V20 isn’t going to be the first non-Google phone powered by Android 7.0 after all, at least stateside? There’s not much time left to steal bragging rights away from Korea’s eternal number two OEM, but HTC may still try to pull off the unlikely feat at the last minute.

The slowly resurgent Taiwanese device manufacturer is reportedly gearing up for a Sprint-only (or at least Sprint-first) Bolt release later this month, with an HTC 10-identical build squeezed into a smaller body, no headphone jack, but likely, pre-loaded Nougat goodies.

The “old” 7.0 kind, presumably, not the new 7.1, with proprietary Sense 8.0 UI enhancements sprinkled on top, according to an extremely reliable Twitter tipster. No, not that one, though @LlabTooFer can occasionally be privy to even more detailed inside information than @evleaks.

Case in point, exclusive news about the oft-rumored smartphone’s imminent availability in “selected EMEA region countries”, alongside the US Now Network. To add our own conjecture to the mix, the HTC Bolt could break cover on October 18, hopefully going on sale shortly thereafter. Then again, even if it doesn’t technically precede the V20 to stores, any 2016 Android Nougat phone is more than welcome. Especially one with such premium looks.

Source: Twitter

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