HTC working with Sprint to launch ‘Bolt’ model: report

Taiwan-based smartphone brand HTC Corp. (???) is working with Sprint, one of the major telecom service providers in the United States, to launch the HTC Bolt model, according to tech website Androidtalk.

In a report, Androidtalk said that the HTC Bolt is expected to hit the market Oct. 18, exclusively for the Spring network, as a follow-up effort after the Taiwanese vendor introduced the ThunderBolt model, which received a warm reception in the U.S. market five years ago.

Evan Blass, a tech blogger, recently posted a photo on his blog that he described as a silver HTC Bolt. However, the device in the photo looked like HTC's latest flagship model -- the HTC 10 -- which hit the global market in April.

The Androidtalk report said that the HTC Bolt is likely to "end up being a watered-down HTC 10 or a repackaged Desire 10, which was announced this week as a device for European markets."

The report said that the HTC Bolt is likely to have no headphone jack but instead will have a USB Type-C port. The HTC Bolt will become the flagship model of Sprint for the year, the report added.

HTC has been gearing up to unveil new models in the second half of this year to take advantage of the peak season in the global electronics market.

Earlier this week, international media reports said that HTC has been working as a contract maker for Google, rolling out two new models -- the 5-inch Pixel and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL -- which aim to challenge Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

The reports said that the two Google phones are likely to be unveiled Oct. 4, with the Pixel XL to be priced at up to US$749, which is close to the iPhone 7 Plus price tag of US$769.

According to the reports, the upcoming Pixel 32G model will carry a starting price of US$649, which will almost match the iPhone 7 32G as well as Samsung Electronics Co.'s flagship Galaxy S7.

Recently, HTC has unveiled the HTC One A9s, a successor to the HTC One A9, while having already introduced the HTC Desire 10 Pro and the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle to the market.

Market analysts said that the efforts to launch the new models are expected to boost HTC's shipments in the second half of the year.

In the first eight months of this year, HTC posted NT$46.85 billion (US$1.49 billion) in consolidated sales, down 47.6 percent from a year earlier. In August alone, its sales stood at NT$6.58 billion, up 4.1 percent from a month earlier.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel