There have been quite a large number of rumors surrounding the HTC Bolt, and the phone has finally become official.
Available as a Sprint exclusive, HTC have roped in Usain Bolt as the brand ambassador. However, the company do not seem to have paid much attention to the specifications of the device. Featuring a design that is almost similar to the HTC 10, the HTC Bolt is only slightly larger due to the presence of a 5.5-inch screen with QHD resolution. The latter is one of the standout elements of the device.
One of the areas where the HTC Bolt falls short well in comparison with the competition is the processor. The phone offers a snapdragon 810 processor at a time when most smartphones are now switching to the latest snapdragon 821 range. It is disappointing that HTC has not even offered the snapdragon 820 on the device. Yet, it does not make much of a difference in terms of actual performance and the phone has just enough capabilities to run the multi-window feature of the new Android Nougat.
As expected, the HTC Bolt comes with Android Nougat but one that will be heavily customized by HTC. The 3 GB of RAM feels also slightly small in comparison with the new generation smartphones that have started going towards 6 GB of RAM. There is a decent amount of storage to start with – 32 GB – while the user can always expand it using memory cards of up to 256 GB. There is a dedicated slot available for this purpose.
The headline element of the HTC Bolt undoubtedly has to be the lack of a 3.5 mm headphone socket. Just like the Apple iPhone 7, this HTC product decides to do away with the headphone socket but it does not seem to benefit much in terms of thickness. At 8.1 mm, the HTC Bolt is substantially thick by today’s standards but the phone seems to profit slightly by more space being made available for the battery. A 3200 mAh battery is housed within the device and it is non-removable.
Instead of the headphone socket, users must use the USB Type-C port in order to connect the headphones that are provided in the box. Thankfully, HTC Bolt comes with an excellent pair of Boom Sound Adaptive Audio headphones. They sound excellent thanks to the support for 24-bit Hi-Res audio. HTC Bolt may not have suffered from the disadvantages on the Apple iPhone 7 due to the excellent pair of headphones offered in the box. For using existing headphones, though, adapters must be used.
Since the phone supports quick charge 2.0, it is capable of being rapidly filled up. The USB Type-C connector is used making the phone in tune with the latest technologies. A rear 16-megapixel camera is supported by a front facing eight-megapixel camera just like the rumors predicted. The phone is available for $24 per month while it costs $600 without contracts.