Images and other details of HTC’s latest smartphone HTC Bolt have leaked online for a second time, thanks to VentureBeat Editor Evan Blass. Based on the leaked information, it appears that smartphone lover will soon get some more good options in midrange section.
During earlier leaks, it was suggested that HTC Bolt would most likely be exclusive to U.S. carrier Sprint, but the new leak indicates that HTC Bolt may be launched globally sometime this month, and according to Blass, it will be a mid-range smartphone.
HTC Bolt will not be a flagship model, and therefore users should not expect some premium functions in this device. The leaked images suggest the design of new HTC Bolt is quite similar to that of HTC 10. The phone will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 64 GB of expandable storage, and 3 GB RAM. The phone will run on Android Nougat and will also be equipped with front-facing fingerprint scanner and a USB-C port at the bottom of the phone. The rear camera of the model can be of 18MP with a f/2.0 lens capable of shooting 4K videos, and an 8MP front camera. Taking inspiration from Apple, HTC has probably also decided not to include a 3.5-mm headphone jack in Bolt.
HTC is currently working very hard to regain its share in smartphone market which it lost after the arrival of some new smartphone makers. It however remains to be seen how HTC will project this model in the market where many other brands are already present to given challenge to HTC.
Headquarters in New Taipei City, Taiwan, HTC was founded in 1997 as a laptop manufacturer company. Today, HTC is known as a consumer electronics company which makes smartphones based on Windows Mobile and Brew. The first commercial Android smartphone launched by HTC was HTC Dream that hit the markets in 2008. The phone was marketed by T-Mobile in many countries as the T-Mobile G1. Later, HTC started marketing its own devices, including the HTC One series. In 2011, Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report ranked HTC as the 98th top brand. According to a September 2013 media report, the share of HTC in the global smartphone market was less than 3 percent. This figure however increased to 7.2 percent in April 2015. In 2016, HTC released HTC Vive to expand into virtual reality hardware section. Today HTC is making both Android as well as Windows based smartphones.
HTC unveiled its Desire 10 Pro smartphone last month. This dual SIM device features a 5.50-inch touchscreen display and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 at a PPI of 400 pixels per inch. The phone is powered by 1.8 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 20MP primary camera, and 13MP front camera for selfies, and 3000mAh non removable battery. The phone runs on Android 6.0 and weighs just 165 grams. Connectivity options include GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and 4G.