Water-proofing and a few options that many others haven’t got
Priced barely extra reasonably priced than the highest flagships on the market, the HTC Bolt comes with a barely much less highly effective processor, however makes up for that with a few nifty options that many telephones lack. Altogether, the Bolt comes collectively as a tool that may profit from Dash’s community with its provider aggregation capabilities, but in addition as a trendy metallic cellphone with a couple of additional kicks.
Slightly than have a look at all of the specs one after the other, although, let’s dive in its most essential options, the issues that make it stand out.
HTC Bolt 10 key options
HTC Bolt 10 key options
1. Solely accessible on Dash, however makes most of its community
Whereas not a characteristic of the cellphone itself, we’ve to emphasize that the HTC Bolt is barely accessible on Dash. In reality, it appears to be effectively optimized for the provider with help for LTE provider aggregation and Dash itself says that it’s its ‘quickest smartphone ever’. In technical phrases, this comes from the provider aggregation that means that it will possibly concurrently decide up sign from varied wavelengths for improved reception and speeds. Dash has already began to deploy this three-channel provider aggregation in such markets as Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver, Kansas Metropolis, Cleveland and Columbus. Be aware that these pace enhancements come from the brand new Qualcomm X10 modem and these are community speeds, not precise machine processor pace enhancements.
2. No three.5mm headset jack
HTC is yet another firm to observe Apple’s choice to eliminate the normal, three.5mm headset jack to unencumber invaluable house. For a lot of (yours actually included), that is a pity: in case you play music through your automobile’s AUX or hook up your cellphone to your private home speaker, you’ll discover your self inconvenienced. The identical goes when you have a pair of good headphones, however there no less than HTC makes up by together with a pair of cool new earbuds that works through USB-C (extra on that later).
The HTC Bolt is water resistant and that is an awesome characteristic. A stunning quantity of individuals drop their telephones in the bathroom and water harm is among the high causes for pre-mature cellphone loss of life. By specification, the HTC Bolt can stand up to submersion below three ft (1 meter) of water for as much as 30 minutes, however producers often do not advocate pushing it this far and say that the water safety is there to guard the cellphone from the occasional drop in water or for that one time you wanted to make use of your cellphone within the rain. Right here is the official warning from Dash: “Don’t deliberately submerge HTC Bolt. Don’t try and cost or in any other case use the USB Kind-C port on a moist HTC Bolt.”
four. Uh-oh safety
HTC’s Uh-Oh safety is among the greatest options for HTC units within the US. It is HTC’s various to the favored Apple Take care of Apple units, however not like the paid Apple Care, Uh-Oh is free and ensures that you’re going to get a substitute new cellphone in case you break your display screen or smash your machine by dropping it in water. These are the overall phrases, after all, and with the HTC Bolt’s water safety the latter is much less of a chance.
5. USB-C headphones with ‘Hello-Res’ audio
With no normal three.5mm headset jack, you’ll be able to’t use your conventional headphones and not using a devoted USB-C to three.5mm adapter (some such adapters can be found on Amazon for $7, however we couldn’t discover one made by a dependable model). That is why we’re glad to see that the HTC Bolt ships with a pair of nifty USB-C earbuds within the field. These headphones have some superpowers: the primary time you plug them in, you might be requested to arrange your personalised audio profile and likewise assist with correct noise isolation. Cool!
6. Snapdragon 810 below the hood
Yep, you learn that proper: whereas most smartphones in 2016 characteristic the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, the HTC Bolt makes use of the not-so-good, slightly-overheating Snapdragon 810. Effectively, no less than that is what this processor was greatest recognized for when units really used it final yr. It is a bit of a shock to see this oldie in a late 2016 cellphone, however we sincerely hope that HTC has optimized it to keep away from overheating points. We are going to check and offer you a extra detailed suggestions within the close to future.
7. Candy Android 7 Nougat on board
We might have been livid if HTC selected an outdated model of Android for its new cellphone, however fortunately the HTC Bolt ships with the model new Android 7.zero Nougat. Really, HTC is among the corporations that’s least responsible for the unhappy Android replace scenario: final yr, it was the primary (apart from Nexus) to ship an Android 6 cellphone within the type of the HTC A9. The HTC Bolt pores and skin on high of Android 7 additionally appears pretty lightweight, which is an efficient factor for the purists on the market.
eight. 32GB base storage, help for microSD card growth
The HTC Bolt ships in a 32GB base mannequin, which is a welcome change from space-deprived 16GB telephones, however not as liberating as some current 64GB telephones that value much less. What’s good is that the HTC Bolt helps expendable storage through its microSD card slot on the aspect. You possibly can simply pop in a card (today, you’ll be able to even get a 200GB microSD card), and be versatile in your storage wants.
9. Steel design with thick chamfered edges, flat again
The HTC Bolt continues on an HTC legacy of aluminum designs: it’s fairly much like the HTC 10, in reality, with a thick, three.7mm chamfer operating alongside the perimeters, however a flatter again for a extra secure, stable really feel. The HTC Bolt is available in two shade selections: the darker gunmetal or brighter glacier silver.
10. Promising cameras
After years of underwhelming efficiency with UtlraPixel digicam, HTC lastly acquired digicam high quality proper with the HTC 10. Hopefully, this prime quality continues within the 16MP most important digicam with twin LED flash and the 8MP selfie shooter on the HTC Bolt. The selfie digicam specifically helps issues like Auto HDR, plus there’s a neat super-wide panorama to get everybody and the pets within the body.