When HP introduced its flagship Elite x3 phablet earlier this year at MWC, the smartphone made a very positive impression mostly because HP decided to make a bold move and create a Windows Continuum device aimed purely at the business professional on a company contract. It drew a little ire from some industry analysts, thinking that HP building a Windows phone would never see the light of day. To them it was a paper announcement, but this week shows that the Elite x3 is still alive and well, and coming to consumers and business users. What the company did not announce in February was its recommended price as well as countries, where it planned to make the product available. This weeks details show that the Elite x3 will hit the market in August and will be sold in 46 countries worldwide.

The HP Elite x3 smartphone is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC, as well as Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile OS. The device is equipped a 5.96” AMOLED display and comes with 64 MB of eMMC 5.1 NAND flash storage, 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM as well as all the necessary connectivity features, including 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a USB Type-C connector. Developed specifically for enterprise and business users, who value security, the device is FIPS 140-2 certified and features Secure Boot (with iris and fingerprint scanners), full disk encryption with a 256-bit key, fTPM 2.0, and so on.

  HP Elite x3
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
2x Kryo @ 2.15 GHz
2x Kryo @ 1.59 GHz
Adreno 530
64 GB eMMC 5.1 NAND
microSD 'up to 2 TB'
Display 5.96-inch, 2560x1440 AMOLED (494 PPI)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Network X12 Cat 12/13 LTE-A
Single Nano-SIM or Dual Nano-SIM Models
Micro-SD Shared with Nano-SIM
Dimensions 161.8 x 83.5 x 7.8 (mm)
6.36 x 3.29 x 0.31 (in)
Weight 195 grams
0.43 lb / 6.88 oz
Rear Camera 16 MP, LED Flash
Front Camera 8 MP wide angle, Iris Camera
Battery 4150 mAh, 3.85 V, 15.98 Wh,
PMA and Qi charging
OS Windows 10 Mobile
Connectivity Intel AC-7260AN WiFi (2x2 802.11ac + BT 4.0 LE)
USB 3.0 Type-C
Additional Windows Hello (Iris and Fingerprint),
FIPS 140-2, fTPM 2.0
128-bit Unified encryption, 256-bit full disk
Disaster recovery Protection
Win10 includes 128-bit BitLocker and Enterprise Grade VPN
Bang&Olufsen Sound
3x Noise-Cancelling Microphones
Water/Dust Proof Certification IP 67
MIL-STD 810G (salt/fog/humidity/shock/thermal)

While the internal specifications of the HP Elite x3 are impressive, the company does not position the device as just its flagship smartphone. HP believes that there are enterprise customers interested in using one device for multiple workloads and in various situations by taking advantage of Microsoft’s Continuum technology, which allows you to run your phone as a desktop PC. To support such clients, HP intends to offer a special dock (with an Ethernet adapter, DisplayPort USB connectors, etc.) that can work with desktop displays as well as keyboards. When purchased from the HP online store, the dock should come as standard. In addition, the company plans to sell the Mobile Extender laptop, which does not have its own processor or storage, but relies on the Elite x3. The Mobile Extender has a 12.5” display (with 1920x1080 resolution), USB-C ports, speakers as well as a spill-resistant keyboard with a drain and backlighting.

Current competition, at least in the Continuum space, comes from Acer's Liquid Jade Primo which was demoed at MWC and quietly shipped several days ago, and the Lumia 950.

According to Engadget, which cites a representative of HP, the phablet itself will cost $699 in the U.S. and $799 when acquired with a dock, starting from August 29. Slashgear claims that the Elite x3 will cost €863 in the Netherlands and 8,624 SEK in Sweden. Unfortunately, the price of the Mobile Extender is still unknown. 

Sources: Engadget, Slashgear, HP Netherlands, HP Sweden.

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  • nikon133 - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Yes but Android and iPhones are not that easy to convert to desktop and/or laptop.

    Now that people work more and more from outside of the office... have dock and one (two, if possible?) monitors on your office desk... use dumb laptop from home or when out and about of office in general... use native apps when RDS cannot be established. Sounds quite flexible arrangement. We have quite a few thin clients around, all of them could be candidates for something like this when their TCs are due for replacement. Especially that many of them use high end company-provided phone, be it iPhone or Android. This phone with dock will still be cheaper than TC + iPhone combo.
  • osxandwindows - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Their is a laptop that you can dock android to, actually.
  • hlovbeyond - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    Thats exactly my use case. I work from home once a week and my L950 is great. I use it as well as a remote media player with miracast for netflix, bbc and a little streaming App that I wrote. Theres definetely
  • extide - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - link

    Enterprises have anroid/ios PORTS of their other internal apps that they have been using for years already on wintel, so yeah Citrix runs everything. Plus that other guy that said emulators .. so yeah, it really does run everything.
  • serendip - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Citrix runs on iOS and Android so why not go for those platforms? The only attractive feature in WM10 for me is Continuum. Hopefully Citrix supports resizing the UI to fit whatever screen the phone is connected to.

    I wonder if Continuum came out of Nokia. I have old Symbian^3 phones that presented a 1080p UI for media playback when hooked up to a TV, while showing a simplified media interface on the phone. It's not mirroring like what's been done on Android phones and tablets until now, it's presenting two different interfaces simultaneously.
  • SpartanJet - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Looks great can't wait to ditch my iphone for this.
  • osxandwindows - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Wellcome to surface RT, now with a different name and interface.
  • Gunbuster - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Remember Microsoft is fully committed to Win 10 phone in enterprise, just like they were in the consumer space. Oh wait nope...
  • valinor89 - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    "comes with 64 MB of eMMC 5.1 NAND flash storage,"
    You mean GB right?
  • Makaveli - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    I do IT in a large law firm.

    Already been speaking to our HP vendor about this phone..and may get one tossed my way for free.

    Looking forward to seeing what this phone can do.

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