HP has announced its new Windows 10 Mobile powered phone HP Elite X3 at MWC on February 21. HP’s latest offering is aimed at business and enterprises and it is placing it as 3-in-1 solution. Alongwith Elite X3, HP also announced HP Desk Dock and HP Mobile Extender and with these accessories HP Elite X3 is a pretty amazing offering from HP. For Windows Mobile fans HP Elite X3 could be the ultimate phone to get their hands on, read on to know more about this new phone.
Under the hood, HP Elite X3 has dual-core 2.15 GHz & dual-core 1.6 GHz processor with Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset and an Adreno 530 GPU. Elite X3 comes 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory with support for external microSD card up to 200GB. The phone has a 5.96” WQHD AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440p resolution and 493ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection is also present on the phone.
The phone is designed for IP67 certification and MIL-STD810G testing which will give the phone dust and water resistance, thermal and transport shock resistance also. For security HP will be putting IRIS scanner as well as fingerprint scanner on the back. The phone has front facing audio speakers by Bang & Olufsen and has three noise cancelling Omni-directional microphones.
For camera there is 16MP f/2.0 snapper on the back with the LED flash and an 8MP camera on front. The phone has a whopping 4150mAh removable battery to power the phone.
The Elite X3 has support for Microsoft Continuum through its HP Desk Dock and HP Mobile Extender, and there are pogo connectors on the back of the phone. The pogo connectors can be used to slip-on additional accessories.
The two new introduced accessories are Desk Dock and HP Mobile Extender or ME dock to take advantage of Continuum of Windows 10 Mobile. HP Desk Dock is similar to Microsoft’s own Continuum display dock. The HP Desk Dock in addition to supporting Continuum has also built in Kensington Security Slot and an Ethernet port. In addition Desk Dock has two USB-A, one USB-C, one DisplayPort, one RJ45 and one AC power port.
Desk Dock from HP is less mobile though as compared to Microsoft offering weighing in at 450 grams the HP Desk Dock is meant to be placed on the desk with monitor and keyboard. Additionally the Desk Dock will charge the phone when connected to it using the Qualcomm Quick 3.0 using USB Type-C.
Second accessory launched is HP Mobile Extender or ME dock is the more interesting of the two. HP named this Mobile Extender and it really works as its name. Mobile Extender is a light laptop with 12.5” FHD(1080p) LED screen and a keyboard. Now you would be looking up for specifications for the Mobile Extender but that is the interesting part, it doesn’t have any. It does not have any processor, RAM or even internal memory.
So how does ME dock work? The users will connect to the Mobile Extender using the Elite x3 and wireless or wired Continuum as required. The Mobile Extender has Integrated Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, with noise cancelling microphones and Stereo headphone. The laptop has 1 USB Type-C port for data or HP Elite x3 docking and charging, 2 USB Type-C for data and power in and out. There is also one micro HDMI port along with Stereo headphone jack.
There is HP Workspace software which will allow to run Windows and corporate applications virtually. This is pretty nice and HP has done a decent job and soon this could be the way of future of our computing.
HP has covered all the bases with this phone and it is surely one of the best Windows Mobile out there, even so that in specifications it beats latest flagships from Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL hands down. HP is expected to bring the phone this summer and with the push for enterprise market the new HP Elite X3 can be a winner here.
Alongwith its Desk Dock and Mobile Extender accessories Elite X3 has some additional punches, specially the Mobile Extender for running desktop apps in virtual environment could be the thing Microsoft is looking to make its mobile OS succeed against iOS and Android. Check out the introductory video below for HP Elite X3.