The HTC Bolt has a large 5.5-inch screen and its design is very derivative of the HTC 10, down to the beveled edge on the back, and even with the same color finishes: Gunmetal and Glacial Silver (The HTC 10’s was called Graphite, not Gunmetal). The Bolt is HTC’s first fully submersible smartphone built with an aluminum body with an IP57 rating but HTC would not be happy if you “intentionally submerge HTC Bolt” but that goes for most manufacturers of waterproof phones these days.
HTC Bolt at a glance:
- Body: Aluminum unibody, 8.09mm thick, design identical to HTC 10 but with IP57 water-resistance
- Screen: 5.5-inch QHD, Super LCD 3 with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5
- Chipset: Snapdragon 810 – octa-core CPU up to 2.0GHz
- Audio: Boom Sound Adaptive earbuds, Hi-Res audio certified, three microphones with noise cancelation
- Memory: 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card tray
- OS: Android Nougat 7.0 with HTC Sense
- Camera: 16MP, 4K video recording
- Camera features: 29.3mm wide angle f/2.0 lens, PDAF, BSI sensor, Hi-res audio recording, OIS, Dual LED flash, Pro controls, RAW support
- Selfie Cam: 8MP, 1080p video capable
- Battery: 3,200mAh battery, Quick Charge 2.0 via USB-C
- Security: Front fingerprint scanner, unlocks in 0.2 seconds
- Connectivity: Cat 9 LTE with LTE band 41 (up to 450Mbps DL speed);Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac 2.5GHz or 5GHz; Bluetooth 4.1; NFC; USB-C.
The HTC Bolt will come with a pair of HTC’s BoomSound Adaptive Audio earbuds which have a mic built-in. A sound is sent through the speaker and the ear canal reflects the sound back. The return signal is analyzed to create a custom listening profile. The profile will also check for ambient noise and uses this information to personalize the output even more.
Speaking of the headphones, the HTC Bolt lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack just like the iPhone 7 Plus. The supplied earbuds plug directly into the USB-C port of the phone. It’s not the first time we see this, but it’s certainly the first time where an adapter to 3.5mm jack is not included in the box. Funnily, HTC has pledged to send customers who need an adapter a free one.