HTC Bolt with QHD display to be powered by the Snapdragon 810

HTC Bolt with QHD display to be powered by the Snapdragon 810
We've heard a lot about the upcoming HTC Bolt (codenamed Acadia) lately, and it's been mostly good news. Design akin to HTC 10 but with bigger screen? Cool. Android 7.0 Nougat right off the bat? Check. No 3.5 mm jack? Okay, that one might cause a little division. According to leakster LlabTooFeR, though, a considerably more controversial feature may be the choice of processor, with HTC apparently poised to treat the Snapdragon 810 SoC to a renaissance. 

Yep, you read that right. Qualcomm's flagship mobile chipset of yesteryear was shrouded in controversy due to thermal issues, which affected several OEMs including HTC. Samsung avoided the Snapdragon 810 by sticking to its own Exynos SoCs at the top end, but rivals like Sony had their big launches severely hindered.

Since the Snapdragon 820's relatively incident-free emergence this year, very few smartphones have deployed the older chip. If the HTC Bolt is to roll with the SD-810, it'd be quite the head-scratcher. 


On a lighter note, LlabTooFeR does suggest the HTC Bolt will get a 5.5-inch WQHD (1440 x 2560) display, which is sharper than the 1080p panel originally thought. This is also in alignment with the resolution of the HTC 10, though won't be quite as sharp as its 5.2-inch counterpart. 

Elsewhere, the HTC Bolt is expected to get 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage. It's apparently headed to Europe, Asia and Africa, and should also reach the U.S. via Sprint, and perhaps other carriers too. 

Let us know what you think of this latest info -- particularly the inclusion of that Snapdragon 810 processor -- in the comments below. 

source: LlabTooFeR via PocketNow

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20 Comments

1. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

sd810 ... good luck bolt. you know how few you can sell for sure.

2. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wonder why the SD810?

6. iFanatic

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Because it is almost 2 years old and it was known for overheating in the HTC One M9. And mainly because HTC are happy with their overall sales decreasing a year over year.. Good move HTC!

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

One of two things could be happening here: 1. They have a bunch of leftover Snapdragon 810s that they ordered for a previous phone and therefore have to get rid of inventory. 2. They want to market the device at a lower end price and therefore are using an older processor that is still more powerful than Snapdragon mid-range chipsets.

13. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I guess Qualcomm has plenty left and they sold it cheap to HTC, lol. But you are right, its still more powerfull then most mid range SD chipsets. It is ridiculous that just announced SD653 still uses 28nm process. at least SD810 is 20nm.

3. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

*slowclap

4. dubaiboy78

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

wtf sd810?!?!

5. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

SD810? ehm ehhmmm ahhmm... I really don't know whant to say.

7. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Jesus Christ HTC, you should already know that this processor has bad reputation. Anyway I don't think its that bad as everyone says. Did everyone forget that SD810 powers praised Nexus 6P and somehow nobody has a problem with it?

10. Harambe unregistered

The 6P is the best running Snapdragon 810 implementation but it still suffers from throttling, battery drains and heating. It is just to a lesser extent than other phones because of the aluminium body and the huge size of the 6P. The 810 bad PR wasn't some conspiracy theory. The SoC had real issues as is clearly proven by professional tests on many sites.

11. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Well, maybe you are right, but my friend has Nexus 6p and he never had overheating or battery drains problem. But its true that battery life for such a big capacity is not great. I also had HTC M9 and I didn't like it because of camera and I was expecting better batterylife after what HTC managed to squeze from 2600 mah in M8, but I never had any overheating problems either. I know that there were reports of overheating but that was fixed just after the launch of M9. I know they did it problaby by reducing clock speeds and it was a worse processor then Samsung's in S6, but it has plenty power especially for a midrange phone like the upcoming bolt. The biggest overheating problem had LG G flex 2, which used previous version of SD810, both M9 and 6P have revised 2.1 edition.

8. Harambe unregistered

This just proves that HTC went full retard.

12. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Now that is not a good move.

14. chenski

Posts: 783; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Although 810 is outdated now it is far from worst, look at Nexus 6p

15. shady_maniac

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Good luck with that htc

16. tech7

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Snapdragon what!!

17. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

SD 810 isnt bad SoC tho,still very powerful and version 2.1 is fully fixed (my own experience,owning G Flex 2). But it certainly isnt what i would expect for 500 USD phone,but if its something around 400 USD,why not,certainly better than SD 625 most phones of that range use.

19. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Htc want to compete note 7

20. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Who said that the htc bolt has no headphone jack, we have only saw the bottom of the handset. And what? Sd 810?, that processor was the main reason that ppl don't buy htc's phones.

21. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

A SD805 would have been a better choice than the SD810

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