The HTC Bolt is official; phone is available now from Sprint and has no 3.5mm audio jack
The HTC Bolt is now available from Sprint
It is now official. On Friday morning, the HTC Bolt was officially introduced by the manufacturer. The handset is built for Sprint's LTE Plus network as it supports the 3X20 carrier aggregation that allows for zippy data speeds. Also helping the phone become the fastest available in Sprint's lineup is the Snapdragon X10 LTE modem employed by the Bolt.
Made from aluminum, the HTC Bolt is actually the first water resistant Android phone to be sculpted out of the material. It has an IP57 certification rating to protect it from spills, rain and an accidental submersion to no more than 3.2 feet for up to 30 minutes. It carries a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 5.5-inch Super LCD-3 display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. A Snapdragon 810 chipset is under the hood with an octa-core 2GHz CPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of internal storage. A 2TB microSD slot is available for those seeking additional storage.
The 16MP rear camera features PDAF laser focusing, and the aperture weighs in at f/2.0. And yes, OIS is included. 4K video is available along with Hi-Res audio, and there is support for the RAW format. The front-facing 8MP camera takes selfies and handles video chats. The 3200mAh battery keeps the lights on and works with Quick Charge 2.0 for rapid recharges. A Power Savings Mode and Extreme Power Savings Mode allow users to extend the life of the cell. A USB 2.0 Type-C port is included and NFC is supported.
Android 7.0 is pre-installed along with HTC's Sense UI. The HTC Bolt supports Cat.9 LTE which means it can handle speeds of 450Mbps down and 50Mbps up. With Android Nougat installed, the HTC Bolt offers free unlimited photo storage with Google Photos, and video calling app Google Duo is pre-loaded.
Finally, just as we suspected, the phone comes without a 3.5mm headphone jack - users will have to hook up to the USB Type-C port in order to enjoy their tunes.
The HTC Bolt is a Sprint exclusive in the states, and is available today in stores and online. The phone can be bought using Sprint's installment option for $25 a month over 24 months. It is offered in Glacial Silver and Gunmetal.