Over the past several weeks a new HTC smartphone popped up on the horizon and stole the spotlight thanks to its alleged moniker as opposed to its hardware specifications. In fact, not much is known about the device spec-wise, but rumors have it that the smartphone will be called the HTC Bolt, which would make it a descendant of the original HTC ThunderBolt released in 2011. Recent rumors suggest that the smartphone will be released on Sprint’s network sometime next month, and now, as rumors continue to heat up, a leaked render depicting the device has started making the rounds.
The render above was passed along by mister Evan Blass on Twitter, who briefly describes the smartphone as the “HTC Bolt in silver”. Needless to say, the handset looks very similar to the HTC 10 flagship and borrows a full metal unibody design with chamfered edges, metal keys and a “textured” power button. It also appears that the handset accommodates a microSD card slot which might also act as a secondary SIM tray for dual-SIM configurations. Otherwise, the handset is equipped a physical home button flanked by two capacitive keys, as well as a dual-LED flash on the back panel, right above the camera housing and antenna stripe. Last but not least, the wallpaper shows Sprint’s logo, and the reason for this is because according to the same source, the HTC Bolt will launch in the United States on Sprint’s network in a matter of weeks.
Sadly though, as yet there’s not much to be said regarding the smartphone’s internal specifications, as these details continue to elude industry watchers. However, given the exterior design, it would appear that the HTC Bolt should fit in the upper-range category. For a point of reference, the HTC 10 Lifestyle – a toned down version of the full-fledged HTC 10 - shares a similar metal-clad design language and accommodates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, and a 5.2-inch display covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density of roughly 565 pixels per inch. In addition, the original HTC ThunderBolt was a top-tier device at the time of its release, and if the HTC Bolt can be considered a successor then it could also share the same market space.