HTC Bolt has finally made it to US soil through Sprint and this smartphone that hasn’t got a headphone jack will be available on a 2 years contract at $25 per month charge.
The smartphone was long rumoured, but it is something that really doesn’t catch that lot of attention because of its Sprint exclusivity. A $600 price tag under contract makes it above the mid-budget smartphone market, but considering that HTC has packed some good hardware there will be a few takers.
Sprint is promoting the HTC Bolt as its “fastest smartphone ever” and claims support for 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X10 LTE modem. HTC has ditched headphone jack in the Bolt and instead offers USB Type C-enabled headphones. Further, it also comes with support for HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio
Running Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and featuring all the Android Nougat goodies, the Bolt has a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display and is the company’s first water-resistant aluminium unibody device. The phone comes with an IP57 rating for water, splash and dust resistance. Though, HTC clearly mentions that the normal wear and tear may decrease splash and water resistance over time and stresses “do not intentionally submerge HTC Bolt.” The handset sports fingerprint scanner below the display which is claimed to unlock the device in just 0.2 seconds.
One of the biggest questionable hardware choices made by HTC for the Bolt is putting the date Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 under the hood, which is known to be responsible for heating issues with many smartphones. It packs 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of storage. The Bolt supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera which comes with OIS (optical image stabilisation), 4K video recording, and PDAF (phase detection auto focus). There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on-board as well and also features screen flash. The HTC Bolt packs 3200mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging.
“The HTC 10 released earlier this year was the most advanced smartphone we’ve ever built, so we knew we had to raise the bar even higher for Sprint’s most advanced ever network. For HTC Bolt, we took everything that was so great about the HTC 10 and made it even better. And, of course, we took the wireless speed and supercharged it with Sprint, turning HTC Bolt into a smartphone unlike any you’ve ever experienced,” said Andre Lonne, President of HTC America.