The HTC Bolt, billed as the revival of the Evo lineup, has pretty big shoes to fill, and it seems to be doing a good job so far. The HTC 10's design has been marginally improved here, implementing a number of fixes that users complained about with the HTC 10. The camera flash has been repositioned, the large fingerprint scanner now doubles as a home button, and capacitive buttons have been added to save screen space. Naturally, the phone will have a good number of color options when it lands, and black is one of them. Today, the very first image of the HTC Bolt in black found its way onto the internet, and it keeps with the slick aesthetic of the other colors we've seen thus far.
The black variant commits to a full panel of glass on the front, making things as smooth and shiny as anybody could ask for. The chamfered sides are almost as smooth and reflective as the glass, in sharp contrast to the brushed back panel, lending the device a command of light reflection and shadow that truly demands attention. The overall design is still very similar to the HTC 10, and that's not a bad thing by any means. The sides are adorned nicely, with a MicroSD slot included and tucked away elegantly, in much the same way as the SIM slot. For all intents and purposes, this is a device that looks to improve on the HTC 10, and manages to achieve design greatness on par with most of its fellow flagships and upper mid-rangers.
The black HTC Bolt bears a Sprint logo onscreen in its big debut, meaning at the very least that this color and the white variant will be available on Sprint when the phone drops. On top of a physical redesign, rumors peg the phone's internals as being a bit more budget-friendly than those found in the HTC 10; whispers around the net point to a toned-down Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, among other differences. As more and more information becomes available, the HTC Bolt, also known as the HTC 10 Evo, is looking more and more like HTC's love letter to people who wanted to like the HTC 10, but simply couldn't bring themselves to embrace some of its quirks for the asking price.