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Possible HTC Budget Devices Show Up At The FCC

June 22, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Earlier today a couple of new HTC devices seem to have shown up over at the FCC. Both phones were noticed by Droid Life and are speculated to be budget devices, which could very well be the case due to the lack of WiFi802.11ac support as well as global GSM support on one of the devices. The FCC filings merely list these devices as “smartphones” with no name attached to them, under FCC ID: NM80PM3100 and FCC ID: NM80PM9400, so at the moment there isn’t a whole lot of detail as to what can be expected from them in terms of hardware or features, given that they could be budget handsets though consumers can probably expect a fairly low price tag.

The first phone which was noticed seems to have support for some of Verizon’s CDMA and LTE bands, which suggests these two phones may be bound for Verizon’s network at some point. These would be a couple of the first devices to be bound for the US market this year after the HTC One M9, although consumers are still hoping for HTC to bring a variant of the HTC One M9+ to the U.S. Sadly it doesn’t appear that the listings for either HTC device here are the higher-end model of HTC’s 2015 flagship.

Whatever these devices are they won’t likely feature closed backs like some of HTC’s previous phones launched this year, as the FCC filing describes the back label of the device while stating that users will see that label as they install the SIM card. This suggests that the phone will have a removable back as well as a removable battery, which means users will be able to swap out for backup batteries that are fully charged should they have them on hand. While neither of these may be the HTC device that consumers in the U.S. are really hoping for, having HTC release anything else in the U.S. besides the HTC One M9 is better than nothing at all. For now there are no specific details on any device hardware or features, so perhaps we’ll hear more about these two phones seemingly head for Verizon Wireless in the coming weeks ahead.