The HTC Bolt is finally with us and apparently, you can get it from Sprint at a price of $600. However, it seems but confirmed that the HTC 10 look-alike will not be crossing the northern border and into Canada, a Sprint official confirmed.
Like the rumors had pointed out earlier before the release of the phone, it appears that the HTC Bolt will indeed remain exclusive to Sprint. This means that the phone will be locked to the carrier and as such, you need to switch to the network in order to enjoy the services of the handset.
Still, all is not lost as this doesn’t mean the phone cannot make it to the region, say, with a different name. According to famous leaker Evan Blass, the HTC Bolt will be sold in other markets as the HTC 10 Evo. As noted earlier, the newly released Bolt has a lot in common with the flagship 10, but you will notice they are of different sizes.
There is no doubt that the HTC Bolt looks nice, especially when considering that it also borrows some aspects of the new Google Pixel handsets. To crown the excellent design and looks of the phone, HTC went for a 5.5-inch QHD screen that joins the likes of Google Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and many other flagships that boast the same resolution and screen size. Under the hood, the phone slightly lags behind as it packs last year’s flagship chipset – Snapdragon 810 – alongside 3GB RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage.
The back of the phone carries a 16MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture and OIS on board. As for the front part, there is a decent 8MP sensor with a slightly smaller aperture of f/2.4. It gets even better with the HTC Bolt when it comes to software. The phone joins the Google Pixel and LG V20 in coming with Android Nougat preinstalled right out of the box. You also get a decent 3200mAh battery to keep the phone alive. This unit has support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology to reduce the time taken to fully charge the handset.
One area you might not be impressed is the audio department. Apparently, the HTC Bolt is the latest to join the non-3.5mm headphone jack phones. Instead, users have to rely on the new USB-C port. HTC added IP57 water and dust resistance certification, but this is nowhere near the like of IP67 and IP68 found on iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7, respectively.