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HP Announces Breathtaking Elite x3 Smartphone w/ 6-inch WQHD Display, Windows 10, and Snapdragon 820

Today at MWC 2016, HP officially unveiled the Elite x3 Windows 10-powered smartphone, something that’s been rumored for quite some time. And it’s breathtaking.

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On the front, you’re getting a 5.96-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Elite x3 also runs on Windows 10 which is great for productivity on such a big screen. You’re also getting dual front-facing stereo speakers by Bang & Olufsen for unparalleled audio listening experience.

On the back, you’ll find a 16MP camera capable of shooting Full HD video. You’re also getting an 8MP camera on the front that doubles as an Iris scanner.

Inside, HP packed in a quad-core 2.15Ghz Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU. They also loaded in a massive 4150 mAh battery that will no doubt get you through a full day. And for charging that battery, HP has included a USB Type-C connector. Also found inside this beast of a smartphone is 64GB of storage which is expandable by up to an additional 2TB of space via microSD.

For security, HP has decided to go with an Iris scanner as previously mentioned along with a fingerprint scanner.

Here’s a full rundown of all the specs of the HP Elite x3:

Product Color HP Graphite
Operating System Windows 10 Mobile
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2.15 GHz, 4cores)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996
Memory 4GB LPDDR4 SDRAM (onboard) Dual channel x32 PoP 32Gbit
Internal Storage 64GB eMMC 5.1
Display 5.96″ diagonal WQHD (2560×1440)
AMOLED multi-touch display
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Anti-reflective coating
Available Graphics Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU
Audio 2 Stereo speakers (one with earpiece)
3 integrated omni-directional microphones with HP Noise Cancellation Software
1 external microphone (from headset jack)
Snapdragon Audio+ support
Audio by B&O PLAY
Wireless Technologies 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2)
WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE combo (Miracast supported)
NFC
WWAN:2G/3G/4G,LTE-A with carrier aggregation 4,5,6,13
Expansion Slots 1 microSD (Expandable up to 2TB)
Ports and Connectors One 3.5mm 3 and 4 pole headphone jack
1 USB 3.0 Type-C connector
Dual nanoSIM or nanoSIM + microSD card via 3-in-2 card tray
Pogo pins
Camera 16MP f/2.0 FHD rear-facing camera
8MP FHD front facing camera and Iris camera
Available Software HP Workspace
HP Device Hub
HP Registration and device onboarding
Adobe PDF Reader
Security Management Elite x3 device has dual biometrics with Iris recognition and Fingerprint reader
FIPS 140-2 cryptography
Qualcomm processor includes Secure Boot
128-bitkey Unified Image Encryption
256-bitkey Full Disk Encryption
Anti roll back
fTPM2.0security; Windows 10 includes 128 key Bitlocker encryption
Enterprise grade VPN
Dimensions 3.29 x 0.31 x 6.36 in
83.5 x7.8 x 161.8 mm
Weight Starting at 0.43lb
Starting at 195g
Power 10W 5V/2 Aadapter
Non-removable 3.85V battery pack
4150 mAh Li-ion polymer
Wireless Charging Qi and PMA
Sensors Ambient light sensor + proximity combo
Accelerometer+gyro
eCompass
Pressure
Hall effect
NFC
GPS
Energy Efficiency Compliance ENERGY STAR certified
EPEAT Gold
registered where applicable
EPEAT registration varies by country
Durability features Designed to pass IP67
Providing seals against liquid and dust ingress to IP67 rating
Designed to pass MIL-STD810G testing

And here’s HP official press release about the new smartphone:

HP Inc. Reinvents Computing with Next Gen Mobility Platform

Opens Mobile World Congress with HP Elite x3 to address massive commercial mobility opportunity

BARCELONA, Spain, February 21, 2016 — At Mobile World Congress today, HP Inc. unveiled a breakthrough solution that revolutionizes the mobile computing experience. Designed to be versatile enough to address the massive shift in where and how we work, HP introduced a new mobile ecosystem that will drive the next generation of computing.

The HP Elite x3 with Windows 10 mobile bridges phablet, laptop and desktop use cases from a single computing device while enabling users to run key productivity apps across these different experiences seamlessly.

“Commercial mobility is prime for disruption, and has never seen innovation at this scale,” said Dion Weisler, president and chief executive officer, HP Inc. “The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile platform that enables mobility and computing to come together in a truly meaningful way. Together with the strength of our partners, we’re propelling the industry forward and turning the promise of mobile productivity into a reality for customers.”

Today’s worker expects a different style of computing, yet is forced to rely on multiple different technologies and devices to get work done. With the Elite x3, strong channel partners and the latest advancements from Microsoft, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and Salesforce, HP is delivering the next generation of computing where mobility meets PC productivity with a single device.

“Windows 10 was built for an era of more personal computing, one in which your experiences, content and data are mobile with you,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together with partners including HP, Qualcomm and Salesforce, we are focused on enabling customers to be productive wherever they are, furthering our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

“Qualcomm’s newest processor combined with HP’s leadership in commercial PCs is helping to deliver the future of computing,” said Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “HP’s innovative use of the Snapdragon 820 processor with LTE takes advantage of the processor’s powerful performance and low power consumption to enable a PC-like experience on the HP Elite x3 phablet.”

“Speed is the new currency of business, compelling every company to empower its users with the tools to run their businesses anytime, anywhere and on any device,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive office, Salesforce. “We’re proud to work with partners like HP and Microsoft to put the power of Salesforce1 and the world’s #1 CRM platform in the hands of every mobile user.”

“The end-to-end thinking by HP that went into the Elite x3 is innovative,” said Tom Richards, chief executive officer, CDW. “On its own, it’s an impressive device, but the real breakthrough is the Elite x3 accessory ecosystem, which drives a seamless experience across computing platforms, and offers a solution beyond BYOD and towards mobile workflow transformation.”

The One Device That’s Every Device

The Elite x3 is the first built-for-business mobile device to deliver seamless phablet, laptop and desktop business productivity in a single device 1. By utilizing Continuum in Windows 10, the Elite x3 enables frictionless multi-screen transitions between a phone scenario and a desktop PC scenario2. Users can dock the Elite x3 with its ecosystem of accessories to render desktop and laptop productivity experiences while also retaining productivity on-the-go in a world-class premium and commercial-grade phablet.

With this capability, users can effortlessly switch between using the Elite x3 as a desktop, laptop or mobile device, no longer needing to worry about what device to use in what environment. The Elite x3 also utilizes biometrics to unlock the device – adding an extra layer of protection for enterprise customers.

“Our customer insights indicated that there are a group of commercial customers where their needs for mobility and PC-level productivity are not being met,” said Michael Park, vice president and general manager of Mobility, HP Inc. “The HP Elite x3 is where we see the future of computing heading – one device that can truly act like every device: a modern technology solution for a mobile-centric workplace combined with greater benefits for IT.”

The Elite x3 offers a unique computing experience by leveraging the power of the Snapdragon 820 processor, Windows 10 Mobile3 with Windows Continuum2, the optional HP Desk Dock and the optional Mobile Extender, allowing the device to let people work on their own terms no matter where the locale. Users can also enjoy easier, faster charging with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology.

The Desk Dock offers a full featured desktop experience for the Elite x3. It includes a DisplayPort for external monitor support, two USB-A and a USB-C™ connection for business continuity, and wired Ethernet to seamlessly scale users’ productivity at their desk. The Elite x3 docks in portrait mode at a comfortable viewing angle when sitting at a desk. The dock also supports the Elite x3 with and without a protective case.

The HP Mobile Extender creates a laptop experience using a near zero bezel 12.5-inch diagonal HD display that’s around 1 kg. No data is stored on the Mobile Extender for additional security and all of the apps, passwords and files are managed and stored from the Elite x3.

New Level of Business Mobility with Robust Ecosystem of Solutions

The Elite x3 also allows users to work with the apps they love and rely on. HP Workspace4 – an app catalog designed by HP to easily enable access to virtualized apps – drives a seamless app usage experience. HP Workspace on the Elite x3 creates a virtual PC, giving users access to company curated catalogs of x86 apps via a virtualized solution. Users benefit from quick access to their virtualized apps with a full keyboard and mouse experience not typically available from a mobile device when using the Desk Dock and Mobile Extender.

The Elite x3 platform has the potential to change how companies work using only a single device. HP is partnering with Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM platform, to include Salesforce1 on every Elite x35. Salesforce1 sets a new standard for CRM, empowering users to run their businesses from their mobile devices with powerful tools that work in the cloud, keeping them up-to-date with whatever real-time data they need. Now, sales reps can use the Elite x3 and Salesforce1 to manage and update all their customer and CRM data faster than ever and perform key actions to drive business forward on-the-go.

Pricing and Availability

  • The HP Elite x3 is expected to be available this summer; exact pricing of the device and its ecosystem of accessories and subscriptions will be shared closer to date of availability.

For more information on the HP Elite x3, visit www.hp.com/go/elitex3.

About HP Inc. HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

What do you think of the new HP Elite x3? Is it worth buying?

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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

1 comment on “HP Announces Breathtaking Elite x3 Smartphone w/ 6-inch WQHD Display, Windows 10, and Snapdragon 820

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