Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The HTC Bolt's screen is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3200 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 20 days standby time, 1380 minutes (2G), 1380 minutes (3G), 495 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The HTC Bolt features speedy wireless and nifty audio, but little else to justify its sky-high price tag.

- Kyle Wiggers , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

5.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 9 reviews

What's good  

  • Bright display
  • MicroSD support
  • Fast LTE speeds
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • IP57 Water resistance
  • Adaptive earbuds

What's bad  

  • Price
  • Uncomfortable grip
  • Average camera
  • Average battery
  • No headphone jack or included dongle
  • Bloatware on some carriers

HTC has a hit-or-miss record with phones in the past few years. Their latest offering, the HTC Bolt--also known as the HTC 10 Evo, looks like a larger version of their popular HTC 10. On paper, the specs look solid for a mid-tier phone, but does that translate to value and an enjoyable experience?

Reviews are rolling in across the web and we’ve scoured them all to bring you this summary!

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If you’ve seen a recent HTC phone, you’ve seen the HTC Bolt. It sticks with the traditional HTC aluminum unibody design with minimal flair. You’ll find a camera on the back, volume buttons and power button on the side and a USB Type-C port on the bottom. With an IP57 rating, the phone can also withstand brief submersions and splashes.

Reviews on the design were mixed. While no one had a problem with the appearance of the phone, many mentioned problems with grip. Alphr noted, “This is not comfortable to hold, feeling too wide to sit comfortably in the hand.”

There’s also the lack of headphone jack. They don’t include an adapter either. However, they do include a set of specialized earbuds that received decent reviews. According to HTC they optimize sound to fit your ear’s shape and the environment in which you’re listening. Alphr checked out this new features and said, “Once configured, the sound does genuinely feel better to the ear, with more detail immediately noticeable.”

Heading around front, you’ll find a 5.5-inch LCD screen running at 1440-by-2560 pixels. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the front panel. Reviews for both were average. Phone Arena summed up opinions well, saying, “Its 500-nit output is far from bad, and should treat you well during a lot of outdoor usage. Color accuracy isn't quite spot on, but it's close enough not to be distracting.”

Powering the phone you’ll find an older octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. This was one area where reviews varied wildly. Alphr noted, “In 2016, no fresh install of Android should lag on the intro screens, or slow down when using the built-in keyboard. The HTC 10 Evo does both of these things.” However, many reviews found the phone performed well for most tasks. Just remember that it’s a mid-tier phone and not a flagship that the phone’s price might suggest.

With 32GB of internal storage and microSD support up to 2TB, there’s more than enough room for your favorite apps, media or pictures.

The phone runs HTC’s latest Sense UI skin over Android 7.0 Nougat. PC Magazine applauded the UI, saying, “[It] is rather light compared with most manufacturer skins. It largely resembles stock Android aside from app icons and BlinkFeed.”

However, for readers looking at the Sprint exclusive variant, beware of bloatware. Reviewers noted more than 60 apps pre-installed on their devices--many redundant or useless.

Reviews indicate that the phone’s 3200mAh battery appears enough to get a full day of light-to-moderate usage on a single charge--but only just. Fortunately, QuickCharge 2.0 support means you can charge up completely in just over 1.5 hours.

Lastly, you’ll find a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a front-facing 8MP lens. Like other aspects of the phone, reviews for these were average. Expert Reviews UK said, “Photos seemed lacking in detail and, while colours were bright and well-balanced, the focus seemed to struggle to stay locked on.” Low-light performance was respectable in many reviews as well, though it doesn’t keep up with recent flagships in that regard.

Overall, the biggest issue facing most reviewers was the price. At full retail pricing, the HTC Bolt is only slightly cheaper than the superior HTC 10 and is priced well above competing handsets with better specs. For that reason alone, most reviewers recommend passing on this latest HTC release. Tom’s Guide summed up the problem well, saying, “the Bolt is a decent but pricey midrange option — but it should have been better than it is.”


Reviews (5.7/10 Avg. rating)


A step behind

from Absolute Geeks

While HTC was making it clear where it was trying to go with the HTC 10, the Evo seems rather unnecessary. In the most important ways, it is a step backwards — bulkier, uncomfortable, lower-specced, average display — and in other ways it wants to be part of the future with improved ca... More

While HTC was making it clear where it was trying to go with the HTC 10, the Evo seems rather unnecessary. In the most important ways, it is a step backwards — bulkier, uncomfortable, lower-specced, average display — and in other ways it wants to be part of the future with improved camera and USB-C only port. For all the cut corners, though, the Evo isn’t significantly cheaper than the HTC 10 to warrant it an audience; the HTC 10 is priced at AED 2199, while the Evo is priced at AED 1999. For AED 200 extra, you’ll get a phone with a much better screen, a newer chipset, more RAM, and an audio-jack for those so inclined.

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A disappointing phone that's nowhere near as good as the original HTC 10

from Expert Reviews

"Evo" is supposed to stand for "evolution", and there’s no denying that this handset brings together a lot of little changes to the HTC 10 formula. Unfortunately, nearly all of them are for the worse: it’s less comfortable to hold, with a weaker screen, processor and battery. It also... More

"Evo" is supposed to stand for "evolution", and there’s no denying that this handset brings together a lot of little changes to the HTC 10 formula. Unfortunately, nearly all of them are for the worse: it’s less comfortable to hold, with a weaker screen, processor and battery. It also does away with the headphone jack, while offering no improvement in either form or function to justify the loss.

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How to ruin a solid flagship’s good name

from Alphr

The Evo is the title is supposed to stand for “Evolution” apparently, but while this is demonstrably different from the HTC 10, it’s almost always through long strides backwards. It’s slower and less comfortable to hold, with a weaker screen and battery. It actually has mo... More

The Evo is the title is supposed to stand for “Evolution” apparently, but while this is demonstrably different from the HTC 10, it’s almost always through long strides backwards. It’s slower and less comfortable to hold, with a weaker screen and battery. It actually has more in common with 2015’s HTC One M9 than the HTC 10, and that was a flagship we struggled to recommend at the time.

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Awesome audio can't save this Sprint exclusive

from Tom's Guide

While a bit pricey and equipped with aging hardware, the HTC Bolt's aluminum, water-resistant body and fantastic audio are true highlights for Sprint customers.

While a bit pricey and equipped with aging hardware, the HTC Bolt's aluminum, water-resistant body and fantastic audio are true highlights for Sprint customers.

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Does plenty of things well but really not a handset that can justify that kind of money

from PhoneArena

The HTC Bolt is a well-intending smartphone that arrives hampered by more than a few problems. The handset design is quite nice, and it's great to see HTC keep its classy metal look while upgrading water-resistance. We like the display, the included headphones sound really good (after calibration... More

The HTC Bolt is a well-intending smartphone that arrives hampered by more than a few problems. The handset design is quite nice, and it's great to see HTC keep its classy metal look while upgrading water-resistance. We like the display, the included headphones sound really good (after calibration), and data storage isn't a problem. And while the camera isn't really spectacular, it's not a mess, either, and is capable of generating some decent images.

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A fine enough phone

from TrustedReviews

The Evo is a phone that does most things ok, but fails to excite and makes bizarre choice along the way. There are better options out there'.

The Evo is a phone that does most things ok, but fails to excite and makes bizarre choice along the way. There are better options out there'.

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Feels like a throwback

from PC Magazine

For $600, the HTC Bolt has an attractive metal build, high-fidelity audio, and recent Android software. But the headphone hoopla is a bummer, as is the dated processor and the bloatware.

For $600, the HTC Bolt has an attractive metal build, high-fidelity audio, and recent Android software. But the headphone hoopla is a bummer, as is the dated processor and the bloatware.

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One of the most affordable ways to get access to Sprint’s new LTE Plus network

from Chip Chick

There’s no question that the HTC Bolt is a vision of the future. A future where smartphones have download speeds that are faster than typical broadband speeds at home, and that’s an exciting future indeed. It’s also worth noting that we actually like the Bolt’s design even... More

There’s no question that the HTC Bolt is a vision of the future. A future where smartphones have download speeds that are faster than typical broadband speeds at home, and that’s an exciting future indeed. It’s also worth noting that we actually like the Bolt’s design even more than we did the HTC 10. With all of that said, our biggest issue with the HTC Bolt is its high price point – its specs don’t quite match those of competing flagship phones, many of which are priced less than $600.

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More of a flash in the pan than a thundering success

from Digital Trends

Should you buy it? No. The HTC Bolt is priced far too high for the experience it ultimately delivers. There are better options at slightly higher price points, and even better options at far lower prices. Unless you live in a market where Sprint’s deployed LTE Plus or have a hankering for &... More

Should you buy it? No. The HTC Bolt is priced far too high for the experience it ultimately delivers. There are better options at slightly higher price points, and even better options at far lower prices. Unless you live in a market where Sprint’s deployed LTE Plus or have a hankering for “sonic” audio, you’d be better off spending your $600 elsewhere.

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