After numerous leaks, reports, and speculations, HP has finally unveiled its highly anticipated Windows 10 Phone device, the Elite x3. The American company set the Mobile World Congress 2016 as the stage to launch its latest flagship. It’s complete with the functionalities and innovations that come with the Windows 10 Mobile platform, but HP adds up ingenious twists to add more flavour to its device.
Specs-wise, the speculations and leaks seemed to be on point. The HP Elite x3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM. The display is a 6-inch QHD display, putting the device in the phablet category. Its internal storage comes at a large 64GB of ROM, which can be expanded up to a whopping 2 TB via microSD card. There’s also a beefy 4,150 mAh of battery powering up the Elite x3, which should provide more than enough battery life to plow through the entire day while still having some juice left for the next.
HP equipped the Elite x3 with an iris scanner on the front of the device, while a fingerprint sensor sits at the back. As for its photography prowess, the device comes with a flash-enabled 16MP primary camera, and at the front is an 8MP selfie shooter. Its front facing speakers are also fine tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and its microphone comes with noise-canceling omni-directional features to deliver professional level audio performance.
The company also offers the HP Desk Dock, a device that comes with several ports for peripherals and connectivity (Ethernet, USB, USB-C, and DisplayPort) if you want to use it as a desktop. The HP Mobile Extender, on the other hand, is a 12.5-inch diagonal display notebook that can seamlessly connect with the Elite x3.
HP’s latest entry in the Windows 10 Mobile race may come as a blessing to the ailing mobile platform. After all, only a select few OEMs have been investing in Microsoft’s mobile operating system. With HP designing a flagship device that runs on Windows 10, software developers may take interest and invest on Windows 10 Mobile and attract consumers into the fold.