American electronics giant HP is once again ready to enter the smartphone industry, exactly five years after it launched its last smartphone. However, rather than entering the Android scene, the company will employ Microsoft’s Windows 10 Phone operating system this time around.
Dubbed as the HP “Falcon”, the company’s purported device would be its re-entry in the smartphone scene. The tip comes from Evan Blass, a reputable tipster who goes by the Twitter handle @evleaks. He claims that the “Falcon” is the HP Elite x3 which, in this case, would trail far from the series as the Elite x3 is a portable hybrid.
Blass may also be referring to the same device that was seen in a GFXBench listing in December 2015. According to the listing, the HP Elite x3 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with a quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU, as well as a massive 5.8-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution. The device will also feature a 20MP primary shooter and a 12MP selfie snapper.
However, the benchmark listing should be taken with caution. The configuration for memory only shows 1GB of RAM plus 43GB internal storage pairing, which doesn’t seem to be accurate based on the specifications of the chipset. It’s also important to note that the Microsoft’s flagship Lumia 950XL, which employs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, already dons a 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal storage setup.
Oddly enough, Blass did not release a photo of the device and only noted that it looks “pretty smart” save for the “odd pattern of speaker grille holes.” But if we’re taking the appearance of the lineup into consideration, the HP Elite x3 should appear classy.
The HP Elite x3 still isn’t announced officially, but hopefully the company would set the Mobile World Congress 2016 as the stage to unveil the device.