Rumored for almost two months the HTC Bolt finally got introduced to the public. Being a Sprint-exclusive offering the phablet is said to be the most advanced phone HTC has ever built. In order to deliver a really fast and powerful device the company had to take all the good points of its recent flagship – the HTC 10 – and make it even better. This resulted in a Snapdragon 810-driven smartphone closed in a water resistant metal body shell.
HTC in cooperation with Sprint introduced the HTC Bold. Closed in water resistant body the 5.5-inch phablet runs Snapdragon 810 and offers a 16MP primary camera with PDAF.
Design and Screen
Also known under the nickname of HTC 10 EVO the HTC Bolt hits the States distributed by Sprint. Housing a 5.5-inch LCD3 screen panel with Quad HD resolution the phone arrives dressed in an aluminum-made unibody. Except for speaking an attractive design language, the metal body has been tagged with IP57 military certification which makes it dust and water splash resistant.
The HTC Bolt works on Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM, which as you’ve probably already noticed are lower processing parameters than those provided by the HTC 10 driven by the Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM. Even though they should deliver smooth Android 7.0 Nougat performance the device runs out of box. As for storage space, the built-in 32GB can be easily expanded up to 2TB using microSD cards. Kept alive by a generous 3,200 mAh battery this LTE-capable phablet supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charging 2.0 mode.
Audio and Photo Experience
Moving on to audio and photo experience, BoostSound Adaptive Audio technology will take care of immersive sound experience, while a 16MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, PDAF and OIS is in charge of sharp photos. In addition, the primary camera comes supported by an 8MP shooter with screen flash. Such camera parameters look like a nice upgrade in comparison to the HTC 10’s 12MP and 5MP rear and front snappers even though the latter ones used lenses delivered by Sony.
What’s more following the Apple iPhone’s patter HTC didn’t equip the HTC Bolt with a traditional headphone jack, instead it arrives with USB Type-C headphones.
Availability and Pricing
When it comes to availability and pricing, the HTC Bolt is already for sale priced at $25 per month if you enroll for a 24-month installment plan on Sprint which gives us the total amount of $600. The phone is accessible both online and in the carrier’s local stores nationwide.