The folks at HP responsible for reinventing computing have created a device by the name of HP Elite x3. This device is a Windows 10 mobile device – a smartphone – that works with Continuum. That means it’s able to plug in to a dock and act as a desktop machine. “The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile platform that enables mobility and computing to come together in a truly meaningful way,” said said Dion Weisler, president and chief executive officer, HP Inc. “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.”
This is HP’s attempt at capitalizing on the Windows 10 adoption trend. They’ve suggested that there’s lots of excitement surrounding the release of Windows 10, including by those that otherwise skipped past generations of Windows for one reason or another. That means Windows 8.
One feature in particular has the company especially excited – Windows Continuum. This technology allows the smartphone operating system to turn into a desktop operating system (on a larger display) once the smartphone is plugged in to a larger display.
HP’s Elite x3 works with a Qualcomm processor, 4GB of RAM, and a lovely front-facing Bang and Olufsen speaker system. An 8-megapixel camera up front is made ready for video conferencing, and several USB ports (for the one device) make the Elite x3 appear to be the most well-prepared Continuum-friendly device yet revealed.
Below you’ll see the HP Elite x3’s full specifications:
• Display: 5.96″ diagonal WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED multitouch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and anti-reflective coating 7
• OS: Windows 10 Mobile
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2.15 GHz, 4 cores) Qualcomm MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU
• Memory: 4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
• Internal Storage: 64GB eMMC 5.1
• 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
• Expansion Slots: 1 microSD (Expandable up to 2 TB)
• Ports and Connectors: One 3.5 mm 3 and 4 pole headphone jack; 1 USB 3.0 Type-CTM connector; Dual nano SIM or nano SIM + microSD card via 3 -in-2 card tray; Pogo pins
• Camera: 16 MP FHD rear-facing camera, 8 MP FHD front facing camera and Iris camera 7
• 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-bit key Unified Image Encryption, 256-bit key Full Disk Encryption, Anti roll back and fTPM 2.0 security; Windows 10 includes 128 key Bitlocker encryption and Enterprise grade VPN
• Dimensions: 3.29 x 0.31 x 6.36 in 83.5 x 7.8 x 161.8 mm
• Weight: Starting at 0.43 lb Starting at 195 g
• Power: Non-removable 3.85V battery pack; 4150 mAh Li-ion polymer
• 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.
• Durability features: Designed to pass IP 67, providing seals against liquid and dust ingress to IP 67 rating.; Designed to pass MIL-STD 810G testing.
• Color: HP Graphite
The HP Elite x3’s availability is expected to be set in the summertime of this year – 2016. HP has not yet revealed pricing on this device, nor have they suggested the pricing or release of accessories or subscriptions to services therein.