A Closer Look At The HTC Bolt: Price, Performance And Design

By Michael Augustin , Updated Nov 30, 2016 08:10 AM EST

HTC has recently released their Sprint-exclusive smartphone called the HTC Bolt. The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat along with their Sense UI. It comes with an IP57-rated protection against moisture and water-resistant up to a meter for 30 minutes. The phone costs $600 without a contract.

HTC Bolt design

The smartphone continues HTC's love affair with aluminum as it dons a brushed metal enclosure. Instead of copying most smartphones with their rounded edges, the smartphone bears a slightly more aggressive approach with its beveled-edges. According to PhoneArena, just like the Apple iPhone 7 and Motorola Moto Z, the Bolt also abandons an analog 3.5mm headset jack in favor of going digital with its USB Type-C port. A volume rocker and power button make their home on the right side, while a SIM slot and Memory expansion slot dot the left flank. Speaker and mic grilles are located at the bottom together with its charging port. The top portion is barren, except for a plastic-covered strip, which apparently seems to be part of its antenna.

HTC Bolt display and hardware

The front panel of smartphone houses a 5.5-inch LCD3 display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. Its touchscreen reportedly boasts a 500-nit brightness and is covered by a Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Bolt opts to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor, which PhoneArena describes as 2015-era technology, being the same CPU found on the HTC One M9. It holds a 32GB internal storage and is compatible with microSD cards up to 256GB. Its imaging department is handled by a 16-megapixel f/2.0 auto-focus camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) technology. A front-facing f/2.4 8-megapixel shooter takes care of selfies.

HTC Bolt battery performance

A 3200mAh battery supplies enough power to supposedly give users around 480 hours of standby time. Talk time is estimated to last at least a day.

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