HP, well known for its PCs and laptops has unveiled its flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphone – the Elite x3, at the MWC 2016 conference. The Elite x3 will come in two docks – one version will serve as a desktop while the other as a laptop. Unlike the Lumia 650 that was launched earlier this month, the Elite x3 supports Windows 10’s Continuum feature.
As for specs, the Elite x3 features a 5.96-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked at 2.15GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB inbuilt storage. There’s a microSD slot as well if you ran out of storage.
In terms of camera, the Elite x3 sports 15-megapixels on the back and 8-megapixes on the front. The handset packs in a 4,150mAh battery that can be recharged with wired or wireless charging (Qi or OMA standard). A fingerprint sensor is mounted on the rear and that comes with IP67 rating, meaning the handset is resistant to water for up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
The company says that it will ship the HP Elite x3 with two accessories: Desk Dock and Mobile Extender. The Display Dock, which comes with a DisplayPort, two USB Type-A, one USB Type-C, and RJ-45 ethernet port, allows the phone to serve as a desktop utilizing Windows 10’s Continuum feature.
The Mobile Extender, on the other hand, is a laptop at its core. It houses a battery, a 12.5-inch full-HD display (1920×1080 pixels), and a keyboard. It requires the Elite x3 for the processing power. This sounds similar to the NexDock, a laptop that utilises mini-PC or select Windows 10 Mobile handsets to convert them into a laptop.
The company hasn’t revealed the pricing info yet, but the handset will target the enterprise customers. This the reason behind the handset for having multiple security features. The HP Elite x3 is also offering 256-bit key full disk encryption, and TPM 2.0, in addition to biometric protection.