Review: HTC Bolt for Sprint
The HTC Bolt is an excellent smartphone for Sprint. The device adds a true phablet to HTC's roster of handsets and it includes an attractive set of features for today's discerning buyers.
HTC nailed the design and build. It takes the best features from the A9 and 10 and puts them in a larger chassis with a bigger, more impressive screen. The metal unibody chassis and glass front excel in terms of quality and appeal. I like the front-facing capacitive controls and perfect side buttons, but some users may be disappointed by the lack of standard headphone jack and non-removeable battery. The Bolt is a good voice phone, LTE data speeds are quick, and battery life is above average.
HTC's Sense UI doesn't add too thick a layer of paste to the core Android platform. Rather, it offers a tasteful number of features without feeling heavy-handed and overbearing. I like how well the camera app is organized, and HTC's app drawer is more flexible than most. Most people should be pleased with the camera itself, which delivers good photos under most conditions.
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At $600, the HTC Bolt isn't the most competitively priced handset in the market, but it's hardly the most expensive, either. It's a fine option to the HTC 10 itself, as well as the iPhone 7 Plus, if you're not an Apple person. For the HTC fan on Sprint, there's no reason to buy anything other than Bolt, which will surely cause some light to flash before your eyes.
The HTC Bolt is a mishmash of HTC's two best phones with a handful of unique features tossed in to give it some additional appeal. Under-the-hood specs such as three-channel carrier aggregation and a Snapdragon 810 push this unibody handset faster than many others.
Nov 11, 2016
HTC and Sprint today announced the Bolt, the first smartphone to ship with support for three-channel carrier aggregation (3xCA) for Sprint's LTE Plus network. The HTC Bolt can aggregate three 20MHz LTE channels to improve wireless performance.
Jun 19, 2017
HTC today said U.S. customers can pre-order the red variant of the U11 smartphone beginning June 20.
Nov 22, 2016
HTC today announced the 10 evo, an international variant of the Bolt that will be sold in markets outside the U.S. The only significant difference between the Bolt and 10 evo is the latter's lesser support for LTE.
May 16, 2019
Sprint's first 5G phone — the LG V50 ThinQ 5G — will launch on May 31st. Pre-orders start tomorrow, May 17th, and the company is offering special pre-order pricing on the LG V50: 50% off ($24/month with a "Sprint Flex lease").