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HP launching Elite x3 Windows Phone next month for $699

By Scorpus
Jul 19, 2016
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  1. First seen at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the HP Elite x3 will begin its global roll out at the end of this month. The high-end Windows Phone will begin shipping in the United States on August 29th, priced at $699 as a standalone product.

    The Elite x3 will also be available in a bundle with a Desk Dock, priced at $799. This dock connects the phone to a monitor and peripherals, allowing it to act like a desktop through Windows 10 Mobile's Continuum feature.

    The Elite x3 Lap Dock, which is a laptop shell with a screen and large battery that transforms the Elite x3 into a laptop, will be part of a third bundle that has no price or release date at this stage. This bundle will also include the Elite x3 smartphone and the Desk Dock.

    Transforming the Elite x3 into a desktop or laptop computer is one of this phone's main selling points. While the phone itself can only run Windows Store apps natively, HP is including a full virtualization suite for traditional x86 apps that leverages the power of the cloud. The idea here is that this single device can act as your portable smartphone, as well as a desktop and a laptop through different docks.

    With Continuum and app virtualization key features of the Elite x3, HP is positioning it as a business-oriented product that could replace several devices in the workplace. Aside from die-hard Windows Phone fans, its unlikely the Elite x3 will be sold in great quantities to regular consumers.

    Until Microsoft releases the rumored Surface Phone next year, the Elite x3 will likely be the most powerful Windows 10 Mobile device on the market. Inside is a Snapdragon 820 SoC, along with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a 4,150 mAh battery. The handset has a 6.0-inch 1440p AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel rear camera, iris and fingerprint scanners, wireless charging, USB-C, NFC and more.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    Hopefully the 13 people who buy it will like it.
     
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  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,512   +503

    Hehe I love the hatewagon.

    You still think Microsoft is home users oriented... well let me brake it for you, it's not. Their biggest clients are business and they are business oriented, specially with this phone with what looks like heavy device security with biometric scans, if it can deliver the average user-use well, this will sell like hot pancakes in corporations.
     
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  4. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Would be interesting to see a full win desktop OS on the phone so that you can dock it and have a full desktop experience. We'll see what Surface Phone will bring to the...desktop?? :p
     
  5. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,103   +346

    I'm actually looking forward to this phone.

    I should be able to get a unit for free from our HP vendor at work :)

    +1

    This is going to be an enterprise product for business. The general public can keep buying their android phones and Iphones this isn't for them.
     
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  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    Enterprises usually buy Iphones or Blackberry's.. not this junk lol
     
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,512   +503

    Of course they buy iPhones or Blackberries, there is no alternative and windows phones don't achieve the same level of security/productivity at the moment. This phone they are releasing will give them a huge boost and fast forward, I can tell that in our workplace we are surface lovers (For the most part), so a surface phone will definitely be bought.
     
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  8. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 318   +117

    Win32 on phones isn't happening. The HP Elite x3 is the closest we'll probably get to this concept ---the x3 is intended to support Win32 applications through continuum by means of virtualized Win32 applications.
     
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  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    If it's free then I suppose it wouldn't be a bad buy after all :confused:
     
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  10. daThomas

    daThomas TS Rookie

    I'll let you know. ;)
     
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  11. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,103   +346

    Really in my current enterprise environment we have Iphones,Blackberry, Andriod and Windows Mobile.
     
  12. fastvince

    fastvince TS Enthusiast Posts: 68   +19

    Hahahahahahahhahaha ....nuff said.
     
  13. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 494   +126

    This is a smartphone I would spend $600+ on, not a iPhone or flagship Android. I have always wanted a phone that could be docked like this one and used like a desktop. That laptop dock solution looks even more interesting. If I had the money I would happily get one if these.
     
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  14. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 120   +17

    The company I work for has over 4000 endpoints, 99% of which are from HP and running Windows 7 or 10. However, we apparently refuse to support Windows Mobile. I'm one of about 15 WP users who cannot connect to company email via our personal phones. For those that can connect, it's a mix of about 65% Android, 35% iOS. Sorry HP, we won't be purchasing any of these...
     

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