HTC has joined forces with major US wireless carrier Sprint in releasing its newest high end smartphone offering, the Bolt. At a price of $599 (or $25 a month over a period of a couple of years), the HTC Bolt is actually being offered as a Sprint exclusive, and will be arriving in the carrier’s outlets starting this weekend.
Some may say that the Bolt is sort of an enhanced version of the Taiwanese phone maker’s current flagship device, the HTC 10. The latest handset certainly builds on some of the best features of the HTC 10, although the Bolt was originally intended to showcase Sprint’s high speed 3 x 20 MegaHertz carrier aggregation (more on that later).
As far as looks go, the HTC Bolt does look similar to the HTC 10. The full metal body is still there, nicely wrapping the sleek 5.5 inch 2K LCD screen. Unlike the HTC 10, the Bolt actually comes with an IP57 rating for water proofing and dust resistance. For the record, this marks the first time an HTC device has this IP rating.
With regards to camera specifications, the HTC Bolt is equipped with a 16 megapixel camera on the rear side (with optical image stabilization). On the front side is an 8 megapixel selfie shooter. Like the HTC 10, the Bolt also comes with high resolution audio features, which should please those who like to listen to music or watch movies using their mobile.
Inside, the HTC Bolt boasts an eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, aided by 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM). The device comes preinstalled with Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat, which is coupled with an improved Sense user interface that comes with features like BlinkFeed, Freestyle layouts, and easier integration with mobile apps from Google.
HTC has teamed up with both Sprint and Qualcomm to prepare the Bolt for Sprint’s LTE Plus network. According to the results of initial tests, LTE Plus is capable of delivering data speeds of up to 300 mb/s.
The Bolt should be an interesting offering going into the holiday shopping season. It is no secret that HTC has been dealing with uninspiring sales in recent quarters, and its latest smartphone release should help drum up interest that will hopefully translate to sales. But the competition is tough at this time of the year, especially for high end smartphones. Apple’s iPhone 7 models will almost certainly be a juggernaut come winter time, while Google’s Pixel devices will likely catch some attention, too.
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