The HTC Bolt, also known as the “Acadia”, is now longer just a leak. It existence has all been but confirmed by the mighty FCC itself. Sadly, as with any FCC sighting, that’s pretty much all we can squeeze out of it. Fortunately, there are other sources, unofficial of course, that are more than happy to fill in the blanks. Unfortunately, the picture of the HTC Bolt being painted now isn’t exactly encouraging, not that the first impression was any better anyway.
According to HTC leakster LlabTooFeR, the HTC Bolt “Acadia” will have a 5.5-inch WQHD display. Not bad for something that isn’t exactly a flagship smartphone. And why do we say that? Because according to him, the smartphone will be running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810.
More than being last year’s flagship mobile chip, the SD810 has gained notoriety for its overheating problems. Call it the Galaxy Note 7 of Qualcomm’s processors. While later iterations of the chip have somewhat addressed those complaints, it never really got rid of that stigma. And HTC should know, because its One M9 was one of those boasting of that very processor.
While the first leaked photos do inspire confidence with an all-metal build similar to the HTC 10, the absence of a 3.5 mm headphone jack is bound to be contentious at best. HTC has generally done OK with its audio record, but primarily with its BoomSound speakers. This new USB-C only direction will most likely put a spotlight on headphone performance as well.
When exactly the HTC Bolt will break cover is still unknown. But now that it has received the FCC mark of approval, it shouldn’t be that far away.