HP announces business-focused, Windows 10-powered Elite x3 phablet

HP Elite 3

One of the cooler features we saw shown off at Microsoft’s devices showcase last October was Windows 10 Mobile’s Continuum feature. However, with the exception of Acer’s Jade Primo and Microsoft’s own Lumia devices, we haven’t seen many device OEMs make this feature a centrepiece of the phones they’re preparing to ship — in part because Windows 10 Mobile devices have been so few and far between.

That changed ever so slightly today with the announcement of HP’s latest smartphone, the Elite x3.

The Elite x3 is a high-powered device. It features Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage (expandable by an additional 2TB via a microSD card), a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a massive 4,150mAh battery. There’s even an iris scanner on the front of the device for those who want to use two-factor biometric authentication to keep their smartphone and data extra secure.

HP is launching several accessories alongside the Elite x3. The two most notable are the Desk Dock (seen below) and Mobile Extender. The first, as the name suggests, is dock that allows the x3 to use Window 10 Mobile’s continuum feature to double as a dedicated personal computer. The dock features a DisplayPort, two standard USB-A ports, one USB-C port and an ethernet port.

HP Elite 3

The Mobile Extender, on the other hand, is a notebook-like accessory. When connected to the Elite x3 via Bluetooth, the Mobile Extender allows the Elite x3 to function more like a Surface 4 Pro tablet. On a side note, if there’s been a trend at this year’s Mobile World Congress, it’s device manufacturers announcing devices that combine multiple form factors into one package.

HP expects to ship the Elite x3 sometime this summer. Like many of the OEMs at Mobile World Congress, HP is waiting to announce a price point for its latest device.


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