HP has been clearly strong in the PC business, but the company has been sorely absent in the smartphone industry. As a matter of fact, most of the American company’s offering in the mobile segment are mainly tablets, although it still offers phablets that are still to make a footing in the market. HP may once again be ready to enter the smartphone competition, albeit it will employ Microsoft’s Windows 10 Phone for its upcoming flagship.
The HP Elite x3, the company’s purported upcoming device, has drawn the attention of the smartphone crowd, especially Windows enthusiasts. In recent leaks, a couple of photos of the Elite x3 has surfaced, giving those eager to see a glimpse of what the device has to offer.
Hungarian website Tech2 has posted a set of photos as well as the specifications of the Elite x3. Based on the images, the device borrows the design language of HTC’s One lineup, although it adds a bit of flavour by customising the speaker grilles. The back panel is graced by its primary camera with an LED flash under it, as well as the company logo with what seems to be a special docking connection further south.
As far as the specifications go, the HP Elite x3 is packing in some serious hardware to stand against Microsoft’s flagship, the Lumia 950XL. For starters, the Elite x3 features a 5.96-inch QHD touchscreen display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card. It also features a 16MP primary shooter and an 8MP selfie snapper.
Furthermore, the Elite x3 is reported to feature USB Type-C port with USB 3.0 support, wireless charging, as well as a fingerprint scanner. It’s also IP67 certified, making it capable of resisting dust and water. It even has a MIL-STD 810g rating as it can withstand drops of up to 1 meter.
The HP Elite x3 is rumoured to be launched at the Mobile World Congress 2016, which would also mark as the perfect stage for the company to make a statement with a long overdue flagship.