HTC Bolt leaks out in live image with full Sprint retail box, likely coming soon


The HTC Bolt - HTC's promising new phone that comes with the latest Android 7 Nougat on board and with no standard, 3.5mm headset jack - seems to be real and indeed coming soon to Sprint in the United States.

An anonymous tipster has sent us pictures of the HTC Bolt in its retail box with Sprint carrier branding and it shows very clearly that we're dealing with a stylish metal phone with Android 7.0, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Important first hands impressions mention that the phone is a bit on the heavy side, but feels good in the hand.

The HTC Bolt has already passed FCC certification, clearing one of the important hurdles before hitting the US market, and earlier leaks revealed that it will be a 5.5-inch phone with a 1080 x 1920-pixel (Full HD) resolution, the powerful (but not latest) Snapdragon 810 system chip and a USB Type-C port for both charging and wired headsets.

All of this paints a picture of an upper mid-range phone rather than an all-out flagship, and the choice of processor is particularly interesting: we don't know of any other recent phone that comes with last year's Snapdragon 810, but it's without a doubt a powerful chip.

Interestingly, we've also heard that the phone will ship with special, HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio headphones in the box that will connect straight to the USB-C port and will smartly adapt to the type of music you are listening to. We're as curious as you're to hear more about that. The HTC Bolt release date is allegedly set for November 11th, 2016, just a day from now, so stay tuned for more details very soon. Here's a quick look at the specs highlight for the upcoming phone:

Platform: Android 7.0 Nougat
Display: 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution
Cameras: 16-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera with OIS and 4K video, 8MP front cam
Battery: 3,200mAh battery with quick charging
Special features: Water resistance with IP57 rating, 24-bit Hi-Res audio

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Bolt
  • 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)

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26 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

HTC have the worst placement of a front fingerprint scanner on the market. Like seriously, why not center it? That's the only thing that I don't like about this design.

4. themuffinman75

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

It does look bad indeed but I can't tell you how many times I have inadvertently activated my samsung pay when using the fingerprint scanner. So that little extra space between the scanner and the screen would help. Over time I adjusted but yeah, I would rather not have all that extra space.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

How? Mine requires me to swipe up to bring up the card and then my fingerprint to activate it

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The fingerprint scanner doesn't activate Samsung Pay. If you have your credit card peeking from the bottom of the screen like I do, hitting it will make it appear.

18. themuffinman75

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

This person gets it, thank you.

17. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Why not center it? Because antenas there.

23. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

The button does not please my OCD at all.

26. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Display driver and capacitive navigation keys.

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I really like the design, really really like it but I pray it doesn't have a Snapdragon 810 lol.

3. themuffinman75

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

It will probably cost much more than where it needs to be at.

5. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

seems to me like all of the major players just gave up and made android versions of iphones.

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Yaaay, first HTC phone to be water resistant(?) I hope more will follow. I also like the use of capacative buttons.

7. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

its the third to be water resistant

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Same. I keep hearing rumors of samsung removing them from their future models and that makes me want to cringe. I like screen real estate

13. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

They have many waterproof iphones.

14. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Lol autocorrect changed phone to iPhone xd

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I use to love white phones. Every iPhone I have is white, iPad use to be white. My first Galaxies were white. Then newer phone designs made the color loo l . This phone is ugly and it's not even the color What's up with that chin? I have never really look at bezels sizes. It wasn't until coming to PA, where screen to body ratios were made into talking points. Seems very few POEm's really try to make a phone as small as possible, no matter what's inside. Samsung puts way more crap in their phones, and yet manage to some of the best screen-to-body-ratios. HtC if you are wondering why no one is buying your phones, how about the fact they have just looked ugly.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Sexy looking back panel. Front panel screams Samsung.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Snapdragon 810? For HTC's sake, I hope the overheating which plagued the SD810 last year has been fixed!

16. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Maybe they will upgrade from ip57 to 67 so you can just drop it in a bucket for water cooling

19. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

After the issues and overheating problems that were attached to anything named Snapdragon 810 how in the world would HTC after all this time make a decision to shop a phone in the last quarter of 2016 with it? What are they thinking?

25. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

It's obvious at this point they're strapped for cash to the point that they're using one of the worst high end socs in recent memory. They don't care.

20. SyCo87

Posts: 298; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Like the flat back.

22. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

That leak last week showed it had a quad hd display..can't we be more certain that that's correct, and not the earlier leak of 1080p?

24. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

S810... Are we talking fundamentally flawed s810 or a later later revised version? If we're not than we could've gotten to the s625 or s650 with more stable performance.

27. Firenze91

Posts: 205; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Omg are you people serious? the phone looks f**king ugly....i know beauty is a subjective concept but this, this is just plain ugly

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