HTC got together with Sprint to release the new HTC Bolt exclusively for Sprint customers. The HTC Bolt is an updated and more refined version of the earlier this year’s HTC 10. Sprint’s involvement this time around is based not so much on HTC’s hardware but on the new speed offerings in terms of the 4G LTE service or what is known as LTE Plus. Sprint and HTC are supremely confident that the HTC Bolt is going to be one of the fastest smartphones on the market available, if you judge it spec wise, it’s a very bold claim.

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HTC’s Bolt is not overly impressive if you judge it solely by the hardware but it also isn’t underwhelming. At a price point of $600 though, it may have you feeling like you can get little bit more for that money. You decide. Here is a rundown of the specs for the HTC Bolt.

5.5 inch, Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels, 534 pixels per inch)
Gorilla Glass 5
Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC Sense
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Octa-core up to 2.0Ghz
32GB of internal storage (7GB used for OS),
RAM: 3GB
Expandable up to 2TB
16MP Front facing camera with OIS and an f/2.0 aperture
Dual LED flash
4K video recording
8MP Front facing camera
HTC BoomSound™ Adaptive Audio
4G LTE™ (up to 450Mbps)

Not bad overall but HTC isn’t necessarily trying to wow you with internal hardware as much as they’re trying to impress with Sprint’s fast LTE Plus Network speeds for web browsing, file downloads, streaming video and any other functions that require bandwidth. Sprint is boasting that LTE Plus should reach speeds of 250 Mbps which is give or take 10 times as fast as LTE as it stands now.

We’ll be using the HTC Bolt over the next week or so and we’ll see what Sprint’s LTE Plus network is all about. We will also be putting the Bolt through some practical tests to see how it holds up. Just by looking at the Bolt you can see that it’s well made and it’s a very good-looking phone. How it performs is something else entirely. It comes in two colors Black and Silver or as they put it Gunmetal and Glacier White. It’s available now on Sprint so you can hit their website up and check it out. You can expect a full review of the phone itself soon.

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Mike Bitter is a born gadget head and true lover of technology. It all started with computer classes at age 10 and his first PC the Tandy 1000. From then on he found his love and he became a gamer and a PC builder and has not stopped since. He specializes in hardware, troubleshooting and custom PC building. He’s known as the “fixer” amongst his friends whenever there is a problem with a PC or a Mac. He’s also fully immersed in all things that pertain to the world of computers and gaming. He's an 80's baby and he grew up watching technology evolve from the NES to PS4 and from the Commodore 64 to the iMac. He has a unique and minimalist perspective on technology and is here to help the average person to understand technology today.