HTC Bolt First Impressions: Unboxing Sprint’s Fastest Phone

HTC is wrapping up 2016 with an attractive phone packing an odd combination of hardware components. The Bolt looks like it’s built to similar specifications as Google’s Pixel XL, with large front bezels and a 5.5″ display. Then you notice the front fingerprint sensor, the larger angles and edges, larger camera module, and you realize this isn’t just a re-badged Pixel. There’s a definite feeling that this is a mash-up of previous phones like the HTC 10 and the A9.

Yet there are some design decisions which give us pause. HTC removed the headphone jack on this device. We also see that HTC decided on an older chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, which gave several manufacturers (HTC included) some problems with performance and heat management. Sprint is using this device as a showcase for the newest LTE advancements on its network, but will that be enough of a draw to balance out a few of these compromises?

Before we can review this beauty, we have to get it out of the box. Here’s our HTC Bolt first impressions!

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.