6-inch HP Elite x3 aims to invigorate Windows 10 flagships, supports Continuum

The HP Elite x3 is the newest member in the Windows 10 Mobile fleet: a gigantic, 5.96-inch phone, it's a device built for business, running on the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 820 system chip.

Best of all: it has full support for Windows 10's awesome Continuum feature, which allows you to use the phone to power up a larger display. HP brings its own Desk Dock that makes it easy to connect an external monitor via DisplayPort and start working on that big screen. Then, there is the HP Mobile Extender, a 12.5-inch HD screen laptop shell that is just under 2.2lbs (1kg). You dock the Elite x3 in the Mobile Extender and it comes to life as a Windows laptop, with all of your data still stored on the Elite x3 phone that powers it. And yes, you can use a mouse and a keyboard when your Elite x3 is connected to an external monitor via the Desk Dock, or to the Mobile Extender laptop shell.

"On its own, it’s an impressive device, but the real breakthrough is the Elite x3 accessory ecosystem, which drives a seamless experience across computing platforms, and offers a solution beyond BYOD and towards mobile workflow transformation," said Tom Richards, chief executive of CDW, one of HP's partners for the Elite x3.

In terms of design, though, the HP Elite x3 is decidedly uninspiring with its plastic body and rather generic design. HP seems to have really built this for business, where looks take a secondary place to functionality. But what about the specs? 

Here is a quick look at the most important specifications of the HP Elite x3:

Elite x3
PlatformWindows 10 Mobile
Dimensions161.8 x 83.5 x 7.8mm, 195g weight
Display5.96” QHD AMOLED (1440 x 2560)
SoCSnapdragon 820
Cameras16MP rear cam
8MP front cam
with microSD support
Extra featuresIris scanner, fingerprint scanner, 2 stereo speakers (one built in the earpiece), USB Type-C, wireless charging

It's commendable that HP equips the Elite x3 with a generous 64GB of internal storage, this is double the standard on Android flagships, and four times as much as you get on the base iPhone 6s model. It's also nice that HP uses a hybrid SIM card slot here: you can use the phone as a dual-SIM device, or use the second SIM card slot as a microSD slot and further expand the storage with your own card.

It's also nice to see dual stereo speakers on this phone. The number of speakers alone is not guarantee for good sound quality, but it's a great start. It's worth noting that the phone charges and connects to the HP Desk Dock via the new USB Type-C standard, and it supports wireless charging.

Built for business, secure

So what does built for business mean when we speak about the HP Elite x3? Frist, the phone supports HP Workspace, an app catalog made by HP to provide access to virtualized apps. HP Workspace creates a virtual PC, so that users have access to company curated catalogs of x86 apps via a virtualized solution.

Then, the phone is secure with iris eye recognition and a fingerprint reader, so you can choose which authentication method to use. We have tested eye recognition on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and while it did work most of the time, it was a bit slow and not very consistent, plus it required you to bring your phone way too close to your eyes to work. We're definitely glad to see a fingerprint scanner on board as well, as this is a faster and more convenient way to keep your phone secure.

Then, there are various encryption standards that the HP Elite x3 supports: FIPS 140-2 cryptography, SecureBoot, 128-bit key Unified Image Encryption, 256-bit key Full Disk Encryption, Anti roll back and fTPM 2.0 security, and then Windows 10 includes 128 key Bitlocker encryption and Enterprise grade VPN.

source: HP



29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'm actually liking Windows 10 Mobile's flat UI (something that was repellent in the past), especially with those transparent live Tiles that make your wall papers the main attraction at the home screen...come on Microsoft, make Interactive Live tiles a reality, that's the best way to bring widgets to the Windows 10 platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUfMszCJSwI

28. bobby2803

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

First day winners hp and LG.

21. Tips_y

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Wow! That is a great phone from HP, packed with high-end features! Congrats HP!

20. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

seems like Microsoft is giving it's mobile platform a solid push, which might as well be the final push to the grave... With phones coming from HP and Alcatel and lets not forget the Surface phone... But even with all this, Windows Phone's future is still a mystery... Sent from a Windows Phone 8.1

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It wont really ever go away. Just how apple never went away with 1% desktop share, now they have a bigger margin, after how many years in the desktop? What they suffer from....lack of a crazy fan base, and lack of agents at the selling door to push the device. Today I sold 5 Alcatel's because of its price. Another co worker asked why I didn't push the more expensive Samsung one...price, and because their app gap was nill. The kicker that will allow MS platform to zoom...x86 in the phone. Right now my main workhorse is a 8yr old pc that has 4GB of DDR2 system ram. It is enough to build million poly models, run bluestacks, and plenty more. Now....take this device with 4GB, with an x86 chip and ability to install say x86 apps...I could theoretically install bluestacks and run it without issues...then what app gap would there be?

19. TerryTerius unregistered

When I really think about it… Who actually has a monitor and keyboard laying around that is not already connected to an actual computer? Sure there are some people, but I highly doubt that's a huge number. And if they do, chances are it's older hardware. I can see continuum being really useful from an enterprise standpoint, but the more think about it I'm struggling to see how an ordinary person would really use it.

22. gtm55

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 11, 2015

You can use your tv as a monitor :)

23. TerryTerius unregistered

True enough, but that isn't entirely different from mirroring an android device and using a Bluetooth keyboard. I know it's not a 1:1 thing, but pretty close, I'm just honestly trying to figure out for the average person what major benefit there is versus the enterprise scenario. I get it from the enterprise standpoint, that's an easy case to make. Well, one day when you can truly run full-fledged windows it will be. Continuum isn't quite there yet.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Average person? Best case scenario...now its a cheating one, but hey extrapolate the uses... Helping a customer out with his data binge on feature, during the call he was telling me how he was tethering Netflix to his tv, because he just ditched cable at home because that's all he really used, and his laptop tethers for school work. During a Netflix movie, he got a text from a chick...his wife was watching the show and bam...he got caught. However...this is huge in terms of...being able to tether and not have the second screen interfere with the first. And while you can download android app for hiding s**t or notifications etc...it also effects your real device that you may want during normal use. With continuum. I can pop a movie on with my phone, share it, take it with me up to some 20+ feet or so, and still not interrupt the show. Example again. I was sharing my android screen to the tv, watching a show, a kid grabbed it and started to do something else and it messed up the show for the other kid. While I'm not handing my kid a new HP device like this. The main idea is I can throw on a tv show for the kid, while I send out some sms or other things on my phone real quick, without telling the kids...wait, let me pause. I can think of more silly ways, but I get these silly ways all day at work. Allllllllllll day.

17. Joosty

Posts: 497; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Freaking awesome device. How HP destroyed Microsoft Lumia with one single device (: Too bad they don't have the apps I need though...

27. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Microsoft wanted this, to make other make phones for them, like PC

16. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Sexy and awesome phone :)

13. Ankit_27

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 20, 2016

Wow! This phone is pretty interesting. Might be something that sick Windows phone ecosystem needed.

12. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

They seem to have designed it out of a wish list. I could not find anything that it misses. Really good job HP

11. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I think HP made a great decision going with a 6 inch oled screen. After all, people will be using this phone as a laptop replacement when not docked.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 23173; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nicely spec'd phone, and it has some great enterprise features to boot. Definitely going to pick this baby up when it's released.

9. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

release date??

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Wow this is some device. They put in many high end components, has many accessories that are good too. I like this from HP

7. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

This looks very interesting!

6. ultrasound

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 29, 2014

Android version please

5. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

This looks very interesting!

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If those specs deliver this phone could be great. 6in is a bit much though, Hp should have offered to variants or went with 5.5in.

3. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Killer phone.Pls release the android version too.


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

How about no. I guess we should also ask for a IOS version too, the reason for this phone is windows 10 as a package. I Don't think that works for Android or IOS yet.

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Yes please! A iOS version ;-)

26. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Symbian version?

2. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

My baby :)

14. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

a beastly baby :-*

1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Could be a nice phone to use with the upcoming NexDock

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