After a series of leaks and rumors, HTC‘s long anticipated smartphone, HTC Bolt, has launched today. As rumored earlier, the smartphone has same design as the HTC 10 but with a subtle difference, which is removal of the 3.5mm audio jack, also a first for HTC. It is also the first HTC smartphone to launch with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The smartphone is available for $600 (Rs 40,200 approximately) in the US exclusively through Sprint. HTC had to go and partner up with Sprint on the curious new Bolt, a device meant to highlight the carrier’s high-speed 3x20MHz carrier aggregation.Currently, there’s no information on when the smartphone will be launched in India or other markets. Also Read - YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps stops working on these phones from today: Check if your phone is in the listAlso Read - HTC Desire 20+ launched with 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup
The HTC Bolt comes bundled with BoomSound Adaptive Audio earphones which will have a built-in microphone. The earphones are said to deliver a custom listening profile to users. With the removal of 3.5mm audio jack, HTC has joined the league of Apple, Motorola and LeEco which have done the same on their iPhone 7, Moto Z and Le 2 smartphones respectively. Another highlight of the smartphone is IP57 rating, which makes it water, splash and dust resistant. The smartphone is available in color options of Gunmetal and Glacial Silver.
HTC Bolt specifications
The smartphone features a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD 3 display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 protection. At the heart of the HTC Bolt runs Qualcomm s Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz and paired with Adreno 430 GPU. HTC’s decision to go ahead with Qualcomm’s dated and controversial Snapdragon 810 processor is bit surprising as a lot of smartphones have already launched with much refined and upgraded 820 processor.
The Verge cites HTC as saying that the decision to choose Snapdragon 810 processor was because it was easier to purchase, and has already been certified for Sprint’s 3×20 carrier aggregation. It may be recalled that Qualcomm had drawn severe criticism for its Snapdragon 810 for over-heating issues last year. Qualcomm suffered big jolt when Samsung decided to skip the processor for its flagship Galaxy S6 range of smartphones.
The HTC Bolt comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, which is expandable via a microSD card. In the photography department, the HTC Bolt sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with 29.3mm wide angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, OIS, dual-LED flash, BSI sensor and Hi-res audio recording. Up front, the HTC Bolt houses an 8-megapixel selfie camera with HD video recording support.
On the software front, the HTC Bolt runs on Android Nougat 7.0 wrapped under HTC Sense. Connectivity options include CAT 9 LTE, USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. For power, the smartphone uses a 3,200mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 facility.
The HTC Bolt will take on the premium Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and Google’s recently launched Pixel series of phones. The Galaxy S7 is available in the US with price starting at $670 while the Pixel starts at $649. ALSO READ: HTC 10 price in India slashed to Rs 47,990, still more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S7