Windows mobile phone sales might have gone to the lowest ever, but success of Windows 10 on other devices is something that’s keeping manufacturers investing in new Windows 10 mobiles phones. HP is one of those enthusiastic manufacturers who is seeing potential in Windows 10 mobile OS and the newly launched HP Elite x3 phablet is what HP has brought for us.
HP calls Elite x3 as “The one device that’s every device” and has designed it to make it your smartphone, laptop, and PC. HP aims at Elite x3 as a productivity powerhouse. Elite x3 supports Continuum feature and it connects with a laptop or a PC, turning into a full-size laptop or desktop.
Elite x3 boasts a 5.96-inch quad HD AMOLED edge-to-edge display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen and anti-reflective coating. The display provides resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 at 492 ppi
Like most devices showcased at MWC this year, a Snapdragon 820 processor powers Elite x3. Elite x3 features 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage, expandable up to a whopping 2TB using microSD.
HP wanted a business-oriented phablet to boast a powerful camera too. Elite x3 features a 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. The 8MP front camera is something HP wanted Elite x3 to have to provide superior videoconferencing experience. Along with the camera, front facing audio speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen and noise canceling omni-directional mics make Elite x3 an on the go conferencing device.
To make Elite x3 more productive, truly business-class device, HP has given it dual SIM and a large 4,150mAh battery that supports wireless charging, both of which will be loved by frequent-fliers. There’s also a Cat 6 LTE modem and 2×2 802.11 ac Wi-Fi connectivity.
HP Elite X3 comes with a Pogo Pin Design on the back, enabling a variety of peripherals to plug in and integrate with it. To take Elite x3 productivity even higher, HP has also provided certain accessories. The HP Desk Dock includes a DisplayPort which can connect to external display, two USB-A and one USB-C, and a wired Ethernet Port.
HP has also designed lapdock, or simply a mobile extender, which wirelessly connects to a 12.5-inch diagonal HD display. The extender comes with a 48Wh battery and a full-size keyboard and trackpad, turning the phablet into a complete laptop.
HP Elite x3 Technical Specifications
|OS||Windows 10 Mobile|
|Display||5.96-inch QHD (2,560×1,440) AMOLED display (492ppi)|
|Processor||Quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 2.15GHz|
|Storage||64GB. expandable up to 2TB with microSD|
|Camera||16MP rear, 8MP front|
|Scanners/Sensors||Fingerprint sensor and iris scanner|
|Security features||FIPS 140-2 cryptography; 128-bit key Unified Image Encryption, 256-bit key Full Disk Encryption|
HP is yet to announce Elite x3 price and availability, but it is most likely to arrive later this summer. HP will offer x3 directly to companies through business channels and it won’t be available on wireless carriers.
More details will follow soon.