EXCLUSIVE: HTC Bolt is a US exclusive but expect something 'very similar' in the UK soon

HTC today launched the new HTC Bolt in the US with Sprint as the carrier partner, but the company will launch something 'very similar' in the UK soon.

HTC Bolt lacks a headphone jack, has a full-metal body and is water resistant.

HTC Bolt is the latest phone to be introduced by HTC following the launch of Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones. The company recently released the Desire 10 Lifestyle in the UK and is also advertising an HTC One A9S, but the Bolt has failed to make an appearance in the country so far.

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However, when we asked the company about the arrival of the Bolt in the UK, the company said even though the phone is a 'Sprint exclusive', the company will announce a 'very similar' product for the UK in the coming week. It will not be named the Bolt, however.

The HTC Bolt is a 5.5-inch phablet featuring an all-metal unibody, water resistance, a USB Type-C headphone port instead of a 3.5mm headphone jack, a fingerprint sensor in its home button and chamfered edges like the HTC 10. The internal hardware packs a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery, 16-MP OIS and 8-MP cameras and the software is powered by the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. All in all, it is a phablet with enough firepower to suit your requirements but its configurations matches last year's Nexus 6P more than this year's phablets, most of which feature 4GB RAM and Snapdragon 820 processors. At $600 (£473), it is somewhat cheaper than the HTC 10 but lacks any spectacular feature or tech to coax buyers to pay so much for it instead of a lower price for the likes of OnePlus 3 or the Honor 8.

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While HTC hasn't said much about the phone which it intends to launch in the UK soon, that fact that the phone will be very similar lets us assume that it will feature a similar design concept, lack a 3.5mm headphone jack and may not be as powerful as this year's flagships despite carrying a £400-plus price tag on its head.

HTC's latest phone, the Desire 10 Lifestyle, was launched back in September but is yet to be made available in the UK. Like the Bolt, it features a 5.5-inch display but a Snapdragon 400 processor which can't be compared with the Snapdragon 810. At the same time, it's two variants feature 2GB and 3GB RAMs and the 13-MP and 5-MP cameras and a 2,700 mAh battery are less classy than the ones in the Bolt. As such, if HTC plans to release a phone in the UK which will be similar to the Bolt, it certainly won't be the Desire 10 Lifestyle.

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