HTC Bolt Review – Potential to Become an Alternative to the Pixel XL



The HTC Bolt sports features that many are looking for in a smartphone, such as a high-resolution display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and even waterproofing. Furthermore, many would find the price tag to be quite attractive as well. Performance even handles a lot like the even more expensive Google Pixel XL, albeit the Internet giant’s smartphone is still clearly reigning supreme in some areas, but HTC’s contender is still catching up pretty close.

HTC Bolt Review - Potential to Become an Alternative to the Pixel XL

The HTC Bolt is Cheaper Alternative to the Google Pixel XL

When you look at the HTC Bolt for the first time, you might even decide right then-and-there that it will be your next smartphone. For the most part, it sticks with what the HTC 10 has to offer in terms of design, and it means that you will be looking at a metal unibody with a large chamfered edge found along its sides. The handset is available in only two color variations, them being silver or gray. While it could do more in terms of color, it does feel like it can take quite a beating because of its above-average build quality.

As for its dimensions, the Bolt comes with measurements of 6.1 x 3.0 x 0.3-inches, which is identical to the Google Pixel XL. Therefore, you’re not going to get the size of an ordinary smartphone, but that of a phablet. Hence, it is too big to use with one hand, and it also weighs the part as well as it has a weight of 6.1-ounces. In comparison, the Google Pixel XL has a weight of 5.9-ounces.

It should also be noted that HTC’s cheaper alternative to the Pixel XL is IP57 waterproof rated. This means that you can immerse it to about 3-feet of water for 30-minutes. On the front of the device, you will be able to ogle your eyes on a 5.5-inch display that sports a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution. The home button, which is found on the bezel, even doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The screen also sports a very crisp 534-pixel-per-inch pixel density, which ultimately matched the AMOLED panel found on the Google Pixel XL despite HTC’s offering having a Super LCD3 screen.

If there are any shortcomings found on the HTC Bolt, that would be its speaker as the audio quality leaves more to be desired. There is a single bottom-firing mono speaker that will disappoint more than impress. But if you can get by with its middling audio quality, just about everything here is almost like the Google Pixel XL, but at a more reasonable price.


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HTC Bolt Review – Potential to Become an Alternative to the Pixel XL
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