Analysts say the HTC Bolt is fast, but will not turn around HTC's falling market share

Analysts say the HTC Bolt is fast, but will not turn around HTC's falling market share
Thanks to Sprint's LTE Plus network, download speeds on the HTC Bolt  run as fast as 450 million bits per second. That is according to a statement made from HTC to Forbes magazine. HTC's statement adds that network speed is the most important determinant to how fast a phone will run certain features such as streaming video and music, web brosing and sharing media over social media.

This is important because HTC decided to put an older Snapdragon 810 chipset inside the phone. Outside of including Qualcomm's last-gen chipset, everything else about the Bolt screams high-end model including a 5.5-inch Super LCD-3 screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. A fingerprint scanner is embedded in the home button, and with an IP certification rating of IP57, the HTC Bolt can survive a submersion to as deep as 3.2 feet for as long as 30-minutes. The 16MP rear-facing camera includes OIS, PDAF and an aperture of f/2.0. A front-facing 8MP camera takes selfies and handles video chats. A 3200mAh battery is on board, and Android 7.0 is pre-installed.

So you see, everything about the phone points to it being a flagship model except for the Snapdragon 810 chipset running the show. However, what could hurt sales of the HTC Bolt is the propensity of the Snapdragon 810 SoC to overheat. Strategy Analytics analyst Linda Sui says that tech savvy and wealthy smartphone buyers are going to  give the HTC Bolt a wide berth. "Hence we don’t think Bolt will lift up HTC significantly. HTC is still under the falling track," Sui said.

In addition, Eddie Han, analyst with Taipei's Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute, says he doesn't see large shipments of the phone taking place. He figures that HTC decided to use the Snapdragon 810 to lower the inventory cost of the model. He also believes that the relatively high price of the device ($600 retail price at Sprint) will keep shipments low. These analysts say that the Bolt will not help turn around the manufacturer's sliding market share.

The phone, which is exclusive to Sprint in the U.S., is offered overseas as the HTC 10 evo.

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source: Forbes

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(23h talk time)



1. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

$600 and they can't even put the 820 in there?lol

5. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I made the same comment about the SD810 being in this, and it being detrimental to sales when PA first reported the spec leaks. Heck, they should have gone with a SD805, or 808, that would have gone over better.

11. chenski

Posts: 773; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

810 is not the worst though

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

$600? You're better off with the Nexus 6P. At least it has the updated Snapdragon 810 chip and is still pretty fast. Plus it has ffs, something the Bolt lacks. And unlike the Bolt, it's universally unlocked. I'm not sure wth HTC were thinking when they decided upon the Bolt. They should have upped the specs and called it the Evo something since it's locked to Sprint.

9. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Apparently the modem is only compatible with the Snapdragon 810 at this moment, hence the option to use it. Not sure how true that is.

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Samsung is injured. I am very surprised that one of the competitors hasn't gone for the kill. The title role Google came close with the Pixel, but couldn't finish the job (those enormous bezels and still no front home button!). (By 'kill' I mean the smartphone stratosphere would no longer be "Samsung, Apple, and then everyone else" as it still stands.)

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

It takes a longer than a couple months to develope a phone and release it. HTC seemed to have done their best to emulate a Samsung design with that ugly Samsung wannabe home button. HTC can release the best phone in the world and it wouldn't convince Samsung and Apple fanboys to jump ship.

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They are already at the bottom of the now completely sunken ship. Instead of innovating their designs, they copied every other android oem. Instead of adjusting the prices to compete with the high end market like the s7, iphone 7 and the low to mid range devices to compete with the chinese oems, they have done nothing. I believe that even the pixel wouldn't save this company. Even their home land taiwan, htc is being ignored

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

One wrong business decision could cause them sales and they have made many. No headphone jack, Last year infamous SOC 810, $600 asking price.. That many mistake, how not to die!?

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

My thoughts as well... No 3.5mm jack?! And the SD810 with that price tag... Oh, it's not going to bode well with HTC. They do not want to lower their asking price, so they shouldn't expect much sales, as they aren't Apple who can charge whatever price they want and still excel in sales.

10. Abdbaas

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

WTH is HTC thinking. They've been making s**tty phones for years now. It was disaster after disaster after the one m7. The 10 was OK but the price was way to high for this kind of device. And now they release a phone year a 2 years old processor? Really? They gonna shut down

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