Taiwanese company HTC have announced the launch of a new smartphone known as the ‘Bolt’ which is geared for the US market. HTC has a reputation for state-of-the art design and solid performance and is focussing on competing for market share with major players like Apple and Samsung. The Bolt has eliminated the 3.5 mm headphone jack and appears to be following in the footsteps of Motorola and Apple who did away with it recently.
It is rumoured that the Bolt will be sold through Sprint, a major US telecom service provider, and will be its flagship model. It is unlikely to be available in Canada. Androidtalk reported that it might be available to the public by mid October and the company is hoping that it will enjoy the same kind of success that its earlier ThunderBolt model received when it was introduced into the US market five years ago. Androidtalk went on to say that while the Bolt is not likely to have a headphone jack, it will have a USB Type-C port. Whether HTC plans to use wireless earpods instead remains to be seen.
Pictures of the Bolt have already been leaked and are now visible on the Internet. It has a sleek metallic finish and looks very similar to the HTC 10. It also features a novel fingerprint sensor on the phone as an enhanced security feature. The camera is an 18-megapixel primary shooter with an f/2.0 lens and 4kK video capture along with an 8-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. Other noteworthy features include a 5.5 inch FHD display, 3GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, and microSD. The audio includes HTC’s BoomSound’s boosting technology which can be activated only when headphones are in use with a single speaker situated at the bottom of the device. .
HTC are also reputed to be a contracted manufacturer for Google and are rolling out two new models which are the 5-inch Pixel and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL. These phones are competition for Apple’s 4.7 iPhone and 5.5 iPhone 7 Plus. The Google Pixel XL is likely to be priced at around US$750 which is almost the same as the iPhone 7 Plus price tag of US$770. The Pixel 32G model will be available for around US$650 which will be in the same price range as the iPhone 7 32G and Samsung’s troubled Galaxy S7 model which has been withdrawn from the market due to its propensity to catch fire from exploding batteries.