HTC's high-end Bolt is a quick, fascinating Dash unique



As you would possibly’ve already gathered from the photographs, the Bolt shares lots of design language with the HTC 10. In reality, the simplest approach to inform them aside is to show them over: The Bolt lacks the telltale hump that helped the 10 settle so properly into my palms. It is positively a slab of a cellphone, however that is to not say it is with out allure. HTC’s first-rate construct high quality is on full show right here, with a completely steel body wrapped round a 5.5-inch, 2K LCD display screen. That brings us to the Bolt’s first enchancment: That physique meets IP57 requirements for water and mud resistance — a primary for HTC’s unibody steel smartphones. There’s little level in griping about how lengthy it took HTC to get right here. I am simply glad they did.

There is a highly effective Snapdragon chipset inside, too, although not the one you’d in all probability anticipate. The Bolt rolls with an octa-core Snapdragon 810 plus 3GB of RAM, which makes for some slick efficiency. Machine makers appeared to draw back from the 810 for some time due to issues about overheating, however I have never observed something irregular through the few days I have been utilizing the Bolt. Lengthy story brief: There’s loads of energy right here for anybody who wants it, and the inclusion of Android Nougat solely helps.

Talking of software program, do not anticipate too many modifications on that entrance — the frivolously tweaked Sense interface works precisely the way it did on the 10, from the inclusion of BlinkFeed (meh) to these curious Freestyle layouts to the deeper integration of Google apps. Inventory remains to be the way in which to go so far as I am involved, however HTC’s strategy remains to be one of many extra palatable ones on the market.