HTC BOLT REVIEW
HTC has delivered yet another solid well phone with a premium metal unibody build, side chamfers, color and design will remind you of its cousin, the HTC 10. But unlike the HTC 10, the curves at the back has been flattened making it less ergonomic but at the same time not as slippery as 10 too. The Bolt also comes with IP57 water resistance, the phone can be submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 min. This is enough to protect it from minor drizzle or accidents. The navigation keys are in the standard layout and are illuminated. While the home key is not a physical tactile button, it’s just a cut out which has a fingerprint sensor built in which is pretty fast and accurate.
Bolt comes with a 5.5-inches quad HD super LCD 3 display which is quite wonderful. It offers excellent contrast, nice color reproduction while not appearing oversaturated with good viewing angles. But the brightness of the screen is questionable, while indoor use is okay but in direct sunlight, it might appear to be dim. The screen is protected by corning gorilla glass 5 which offers good scratch protection.
Under the Hood
Bolt’s 3200mAh battery is powering Qualcomm snapdragon 810 SoC with 3 GB of RAM & 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded using a microSD card. Why HTC chose a 2-year-old processor for this flagship device is definitely a head-scratcher. With newer SoC like snapdragon 820 & 821, you get better performance, efficiency and less heating issues which are not the case for 810. But still, HTC chose 810 as newer SoC were not certified to sport Sprint LTE + network during testing which is ultimately the core purpose of the phone.
Despite the older processor, day to day task is completely fine thanks to the customized UI which makes the phone a lot snappier like stock android. The primary issue with the 810 is that the phone tends to heat up easily, especially while charging.
HTC bolt is sprint carrier exclusive and cannot be used with other carrier. The USP of the phone is that it supports sprint LTE + network which is much faster than normal LTE.
Speaker & Ports
HTC did not provide Boom surround speaker with the Bolt but the speakers are good with details and volume. But there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, instead, it relies on the USB C for charging as well as audio.
Bolt’s primary camera is a 16mp f2.0 aperture with OIS which produces results similar to that of HTC 10. The camera is very good, provides sharp images with accurate colors and good dynamic range. Even in lowlight, the bolt does reasonably well, though the pictures are a little grainy and softer but that’s okay. Bolt is capable of shooting at 4k @30 fps which look pretty good. The front shooter is an 8mp f2.4 camera delivering excellent results which would please a selfie lover.
The UI is the same HTC sense UI which is minimally skinned on top of Android Nougat, which comes with features like blinkfeed, themes and a couple of other tweaks as well.
HTC Bolt detailed specifications
|Release date||November 2016|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3200|
|Colours||Gunmetal, Glacier Silver|
|Screen size (inches)||5.50|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Operating System||Android 7.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||NA|
|Number of SIMs||1|