HTC Bolt, an exclusive for Sprint, blazes onto the scene

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No need to get your eyes checked. This isn’t the HTC 10 being announced for the second time in 2016. A new phone from HTC, which launches today, looks a lot like the 2016 flagship introduced in April.

The HTC Bolt, however, is bigger and faster than what we saw before.

Hit the break for details.

Instead of a compact 5-inch display, the Bolt boasts a roomy 5.5-inch Super LCD 3 screen with Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution. It’s covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5, too, to take impact like a champ.

As usual, this HTC phone is offered in Gunmetal and Glacier Silver. Both colors feature backs and sides true to the company’s signature metal unibody. From the outside, the Bolt really is just a larger HTC 10.

Key specifications:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) Super LCD 3 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage (w/ microSD card slot)
  • 16MP / 8MP cameras
  • 3200mAh battery

One thing you won’t find on the Bolt is an auxiliary port. It appears, since HTC is pushing HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio earbuds in the press release, the USB Type-C port is the go-to port for everything. The earbuds are actually included with every Bolt for free, which we applaud HTC for doing.

On the software side, the Bolt is running on the latest version of Android. That’s right, my friends. HTC implemented Android 7.0 Nougat behind its in-house software overlay, Sense, and makes the Bolt the second non-Google phone (after the LG V20) to ship with Nougat.

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Thought you were going to easily buy the Bolt today? Think again. It’s an exclusive phone for Sprint and its customers.

Because its an exclusive, HTC was able to design the Bolt specifically for Sprint’s network. So the Bolt does indeed support the Sprint LTE Plus network, courtesy of 3x20MHz carrier aggregation on the Qualcomm X10 LTE modem. Don’t rule out your data speeds being the fastest around.

The HTC Bolt is available now in the U.S. at Sprint, both online and at retail stores, for $25 per month on a 24-month payment plan. No word from HTC on expanding the phone’s availability beyond one carrier and one country, so for now you’ll need to be a Sprint customer to get your hands on the Bolt.

Buy it now: Sprint


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • ANdroidNOW

    Please tell me how the HTC Bolt is better and faster thn the HTC 10 bc the 10 is better and faster in every way the HTC 10 has a SN820 processor and LTE modem a better LCD 5 screen and more ram 4GB plus the HTC 10 has a better 12.3 camera sensor the same one in the nexus 6p and Samsung Galaxy s7 and s7 Edge

    • Justin_Herrick

      You’re wrong from the start. I said “bigger and faster” referring to the size and data speeds. At no point did I say the Bolt is “better” than the HTC 10.

      • ANdroidNOW

        K still how is the bolt faster when thy both have cat 9 450 down 50 up bc it’s all ever HTCs website is

      • DierkG

        If you ask Sprint, I think they will confirm the Bolt is not the only phone that can use multi-band aggregation. So I’m a little confused myself about what you’re really getting if you buy the Bolt.