HTC has just announced a new smartphone in the US: the HTC Bolt. At first glance, the Bolt looks a lot like the HTC 10, but unfortunately, it doesn’t share the same internals. In fact, despite being a 2016 flagship device, it’s still packing last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.
Aside from the processor, the HTC Bolt is also lacking a headphone jack. To make up for this, HTC bundles in USB Type-C headphones that can apparently “adapt their sound to your specific hearing.” According to The Verge, HTC isn’t planning to provide any sort of adapter for standard headphones until next year too.
Despite shipping with last year’s processor – and lacking a headphone jack – the Bolt’s other specifications are pretty much standard for a flagship smartphone. It features a 5.5-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation, an 8MP front-facing shooter, a fingerprint sensor, as well as a 3,200mAh battery.
Surprisingly enough, the Bolt is HTC’s first all-metal smartphone with an IP57-rated body: the device can be submerged a metre underwater for up to 30 minutes. Other than that, the Bolt is also the first HTC device to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The HTC Bolt is currently sold exclusively under Sprint in the US – after all, the Bolt is meant to showcase Sprint’s 3×20 carrier aggregation, which supposedly gives faster LTE speeds. As for retail price, the Bolt goes for $600, which comes up to about RM2,630.
(Source: The Verge)