As expected, HTC announced its new phone today, named as Bolt. The phone is called this way to highlight the Sprint’s latest network technology, which is faster than its competitors, at least, according to Sprint. However, HTC Bolt’s only feature is not being an exclusive Sprint phone. There are some others decent features as well, such as a metal unibody which is water resistance. Even though we have seen many metal phones built by HTC, it is first time that the Taiwanese company made their device water resistance. It is also the company’s first time to ditch the headphone jack, in order to catch up the mainstream.
In terms of design, it is not very different from the HTC 10. It is bigger with its 5.5-inch display, and a little bit slimmer thanks to its flatter back. However, other than those small changes, there are many similarities such as the front fingerprint sensor with capacitive buttons for back command and recent apps. The other change with the Bolt is the fact that the phone can survive in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Inside of the new Bolt, you will find pieces from last year, which is greatly disappointing. HTC Bolt uses SnapDragon 810 with 3GB of RAM. Those are not bad specs, but today, we are talking about SnapDragon 821 with 6GB of RAM. The phone also uses Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 feature to fast charge the phone’s 3,200mAh. Again, today, most of the new phones are using the third version of the Quick Charge. HTC says that it was easier for them to buy last year’s processor than the current one, but they are still wanting you to pay $600.
Other pointless thing HTC did is to remove the headphone jack in favor of USB Type-C. It is just a stupid act. There is no real reason for HTC to this.
Despite all of those bad points though, HTC Bolt is using Android 7.0 Nougat. Even though HTC, as always, tweaked the software a little bit, they didn’t modify the general features of the Nougat such as split-screen. The downside side is that, Sprint loaded the phone with many junk apps that nobody will ever use.
You will be able to buy the HTC Bolt in two colors ( silver and gunmetal ) for $600. At this step, it seems that HTC Bolt is an overpriced phone built just to follow the mainstream actions even if those acts are not good for the users.