HP Elite x3 is a powerful Windows 10 Mobile; features SD820, 4GB RAM, Optional Laptop Dock and more
HP is once again taking on smartphones and this time with Windows 10 Mobile. HP unveiled its new smartphone dubbed HP Elite x3 at MWC 2016. The device with high-end specs is the most powerful Windows 10 phone so far and the company says the device can be used as a full-fledged laptop as well as desktop.
The HP Elite x3 is built around latest Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4 GB of RAM that should keep the phone fluid and faster even when multitasking. The device has 64GB of storage and for storage-hungry users there is a microSD card slot that supports up to a whopping 2TB of storage.
The phone has a 5.96 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED display and on the photography side, the device has a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. There is also an Iris camera for scanning your eyeballs as well as a fingerprint reader. There are also stereo front-facing Bang & Olufsen certified speakers.
The Elite x3 also utilizes the Windows 10 Continuum feature which lets you use the device as a PC and with the new smartphone, HP will also offer an app catalog – dubbed HP Workspace that will give you access to virtualized full desktop apps on the new device.
There are also couple of accessories for the device. These are the Desk Dock and Mobile Extender – both are optional. The former offers a DisplayPort, two USB-A and one USB-C port, as well as a wired Ethernet port.
On the other hand, the Mobile Extender is basically a 12.5-inch diagonal display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution that wirelessly connects with the Elite x3 and offers you a laptop-like experience. There’s also a 48 Wh battery in the case. The laptop dock weighs about 2.2 pounds. You can also connect the device via USB Type-C cable which will also charge your device battery.
There are also a series of Pogo pins on the back of the smartphone which enables ti to work with third-party jackets or docking solutions. The company is planning to work with other companies to develop a series of accessories for the device.
The phone is powerful and many business customers may find it appealing but for an average users who might be using Android or iOS may not be interested in this device despite powerful specs under the hood just because the operating system it runs. The platform still lacks major applications found on Android or iOS and the tiny market share of Windows 10 mobile device makes low priority for app developers.
HP hasn’t revealed pricing and release date for the Elite x3, but HP says the price of an Elite x3 + the Mobile Extender laptop dock should be less than the cost of buying a business laptop and smartphone separately.