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5.6/10
Informr score
The HTC Bolt currently has an Informr score of 5.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Bright display
  • MicroSD support
  • Fast LTE speeds
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • IP57 Water resistance
  • Adaptive earbuds

What's bad

  • Price
  • Uncomfortable grip
  • Average camera
  • Average battery
  • No headphone jack or included dongle
  • Bloatware on some carriers

HTC has a hit-or-miss record with phones in the past few years. Their latest offering, the HTC Bolt--also known as the HTC 10 Evo, looks like a larger version of their popular HTC 10. On paper, the specs look solid for a mid-tier phone, but does that translate to value and an enjoyable experience?

Reviews are rolling in across the web and we’ve scoured them all to bring you this summary!

If you’ve seen a recent HTC phone, you’ve seen the HTC Bolt. It sticks with the traditional HTC aluminum unibody design with minimal flair. You’ll find a camera on the back, volume buttons and power button on the side and a USB Type-C port on the bottom. With an IP57 rating, the phone can also withstand brief submersions and splashes.

Reviews on the design were mixed. While no one had a problem with the appearance of the phone, many mentioned problems with grip. Alphr noted, “This is not comfortable to hold, feeling too wide to sit comfortably in the hand.”

There’s also the lack of headphone jack. They don’t include an adapter either. However, they do include a set of specialized earbuds that received decent reviews. According to HTC they optimize sound to fit your ear’s shape and the environment in which you’re listening. Alphr checked out this new features and said, “Once configured, the sound does genuinely feel better to the ear, with more detail immediately noticeable.”

Heading around front, you’ll find a 5.5-inch LCD screen running at 1440-by-2560 pixels. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the front panel. Reviews for both were average. Phone Arena summed up opinions well, saying, “Its 500-nit output is far from bad, and should treat you well during a lot of outdoor usage. Color accuracy isn't quite spot on, but it's close enough not to be distracting.”

Powering the phone you’ll find an older octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. This was one area where reviews varied wildly. Alphr noted, “In 2016, no fresh install of Android should lag on the intro screens, or slow down when using the built-in keyboard. The HTC 10 Evo does both of these things.” However, many reviews found the phone performed well for most tasks. Just remember that it’s a mid-tier phone and not a flagship that the phone’s price might suggest.

With 32GB of internal storage and microSD support up to 2TB, there’s more than enough room for your favorite apps, media or pictures.

The phone runs HTC’s latest Sense UI skin over Android 7.0 Nougat. PC Magazine applauded the UI, saying, “[It] is rather light compared with most manufacturer skins. It largely resembles stock Android aside from app icons and BlinkFeed.”

However, for readers looking at the Sprint exclusive variant, beware of bloatware. Reviewers noted more than 60 apps pre-installed on their devices--many redundant or useless.

Reviews indicate that the phone’s 3200mAh battery appears enough to get a full day of light-to-moderate usage on a single charge--but only just. Fortunately, QuickCharge 2.0 support means you can charge up completely in just over 1.5 hours.

Lastly, you’ll find a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a front-facing 8MP lens. Like other aspects of the phone, reviews for these were average. Expert Reviews UK said, “Photos seemed lacking in detail and, while colours were bright and well-balanced, the focus seemed to struggle to stay locked on.” Low-light performance was respectable in many reviews as well, though it doesn’t keep up with recent flagships in that regard.

Overall, the biggest issue facing most reviewers was the price. At full retail pricing, the HTC Bolt is only slightly cheaper than the superior HTC 10 and is priced well above competing handsets with better specs. For that reason alone, most reviewers recommend passing on this latest HTC release. Tom’s Guide summed up the problem well, saying, “the Bolt is a decent but pricey midrange option — but it should have been better than it is.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

The first question a marketing department should answer is this - "Do people want a product like this?" A sub-€500 HTC phone is definitely something people want. An HTC with a 5.5" QHD screen is something people want. An HTC with a Snapdragon 810 chipset? We're leaning towards "no". Because her...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Recombu

If you’re looking for a great smartphone camera, the HTC 10 Evo can absolutely offer that, but there are bigger issues with the device beyond its imaging capabilities, like its processor and its price that would leave us inclined to recommend looking elsewhere.

- Alex Todd, Recombu
Recombu

The HTC 10 Evo is a great phone, but it's also a strange phone. On the surface it looks and feels like a tight flagship-class device reaching towards a full five stars, packing a killer screen, solid cameras, water resistance, USB-C and even shedding a headphone jack (which seems to be an increasing...

- Alex Todd, Recombu
Android Authority

Unfortunately, the HTC Bolt is perhaps the most compromised smartphones that we’ve recently reviewed. Although we generally like its design, display, and camera, the HTC Bolt simply has too many small issues for its $600 price tag for us to make even a conditional recommendation. It’s ha...

- Bailey Stein, Android Authority
Absolute Geeks

While HTC was making it clear where it was trying to go with the HTC 10, the Evo seems rather unnecessary. In the most important ways, it is a step backwards — bulkier, uncomfortable, lower-specced, average display — and in other ways it wants to be part of the future with improved camer...

- Kinan Jarjous, Absolute Geeks


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Screen Size
5.5"

The HTC Bolt's screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3200 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 20 days standby time, 1380 minutes, 495 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

HTC Bolt Specs

Overview
Release date November 11, 2016
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.6 W/kg
Body: 0.07 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headphones, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 279 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 495 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1380 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Gunmetal, Glacier Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 170 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 57
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD 3
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 534 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Curved edge screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Slow motion recording, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC 10 Evo

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