HP Elite x3 shipments begin this week for those U.S. consumers who pre-ordered early from Microsoft

HP Elite x3 shipments begin this week for those U.S. consumers who pre-ordered early from Microsoft
With Microsoft apparently putting the kibosh on its Lumia line of smartphones, where can Windows Phone fans turn to if they want a high-end device? Well, the most obvious solution is to do what Microsoft executives are doing; simply act as though the Windows Phone OS has been a nightmare and hope that when you pinch yourself, it will go away. If that doesn't work, you might consider the HP Elite x3.

Shipping later this week to those who reserved the phone from Microsoft early during the pre-ordering process, the Elite x3 is the kind of device that Windows Phone fans would be hanging their hats on if the platform was still a contender. The handset features a 5.96-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution.

Driving the device is the Snapdragon 820 chipset with a quad-core 2.15GHz CPU, and the Adreno 530 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of expandable native storage. A 2 TB capacity microSD slot is on board, and the lights are kept on by the 4150mAh battery that the unit is equipped with. The camera combo from back to front weighs in at 16MP/8MP. Features include an iris scanner, a fingerprint scanner and a Type-C USB port.

Those who order the Elite x3 now will have to wait for September 26th for the phone to be shipped. The price of the unit is $799, and the handset is bundled with the Desk Dock necessary to use Continuum. This feature allows you to connect your phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard, a mouse and a screen, turning it into a desktop PC.

If you're interested in the HP Elite x3, click on the sourcelink.

source: Microsoft Store via WindowsCentral

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Elite x3
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4150 mAh(33h talk time)

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18 Comments

1. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

The most obvious solution for Windows Phone fans to get a Windows Phone is to...pinch yourself and hope that the Windows Phone OS nightmare has gone away? I mean, I knew who wrote this article as soon as I got to that sentence. I really don't know why you bother to write Windows Mobile related articles at all Alan; you never seem to be able to help yourself from sprinkling in these little jabs throughout. It's like you keep a mental tally: "one good thing, now one bad thing, now one good thing...". I really am not trying to be mean about this, it is just a very apparent thing I notice in your articles relating to Windows Mobile, and it does not help the reader in any way.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Alan F is a apple fanboy first and its reflected in every article ever written by him. By now you should be used to him. Just ignore. Even the review he has done in Android authority. No lack of creditable review elsewhere.

5. Alan01

Posts: 584; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Uh, speaking of credibility, I have never written for Android Authority. Furthermore, I am not a fan of any specific OS. I think you are confusing me with our former phone reviewer. Regards, Alan F.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

http://www.androidauthority.com/zte-zmax-pro-review-707652/ When I read or watch review professional ones has sustain and less word on reviewer opinion and emotion. That's what I look out for.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I need to know review product facts and their reference to other competition models. If they don't mention the reference product model than its impossible to verify their opinion as facts.

11. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Lolz. He is John V, not Alan F. Alan came under fire for your mis understanding.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My bad.. I still think PA review is very opinionated against any device without the fruit logo or Samsung to a lesser degree.

12. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Windows phone is a nightmare at the moment. Why ppl don't have a capacity to read the truth these days? I wish best of luck to HP. Microsoft ruin any company they colaborate with. I hope HP will not reach extinction.

13. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I think iphone users are more ill willed towards windows mobile than android. A lot of android users I know actually like it and I usually read positive stuff about it and honest weighing of negatives. That's just my epxerience not sure what Alan uses. But as far as iphone users I guess because they feel less superior to android users they need to knock on someone else to make themselves feel better. That's just my guess. Windows mobile obviously is good enough for a lot of people. The os is sharp since anniversary update. The obvious problem is really hardware and availability. But there's a lot of people who will get everything they need from windows mobile. Maybe not the new apps that last in the limelight for a while before disappearing into the abyss. Lots of third party alternatives, lots of choices and tonnes of customization without security compromise. Most popular apps will be there. There is snapchat that is the biggest issue. But even pokemon Go has a third party alternative. It seems to have a passionate community. Heck 6snap was better than snapchat back when it was around. 6tin had features like "last swiped" before tinder officially put them in. So with a community like that it does pretty well for itself among the crowd willing to search beyond the official apps.

2. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

This thing has an Iris scanner? Does Windows Phone play well with all these new features found in the phone? Damn HP should have released this sooner and have smaller models in the works for those interested. Then again they also should have kept Palm branded phones running WebOS or Android.

3. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

This is not the first WP with Iris scanner. Lumia 950/XL has one too ( I guess it was the first smartphone to receive it), and I can say that the OS handles it decently. Windows 10 Mobile is a mature and feature-full OS,even though that it might never get the traction it deserves

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Hello??? The feature is called Windows Hello and Microsoft did it first with the Lumia 950 series and a host of HP tablets. Pay attention and don't go by what haters write. Lord, this country needs critical thinking skills more than a f***ing wall to keep out Mexicans.

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1844; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

"Shipment", not "shipments".

9. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Sadly, this phone isnt much better than the 950XL and fails in the camera Dept. Given no carrier sales, and no CDMA support, its as DOA as the Dell Venue Pro. Being both a DVP and a 950Xl owner.. I can say that. I can also say unless MS announces a X86/X64 compatible Surface phone, Windows Phone is dead.. Many don't realize WME is still around, and still being worked on. It wouldnt surprise me to see WP die, and then for enterprise they bring back a Win10 flavored & supported version Windows Mobile Embedded and give up 100% on the consumer side. Which is what they should have done in the first place. WM was X86 compatible, and instead of improving that and getting INtel behind that, they went and jumped ship and tried to leverage ARM chips on an incompatible operating system to their PC line. WHY is Surface a winner, its FULL PC OS on a slate. WP has never been that and until it is MS is dead in the phone market. As someone that has been waiting for that since WM5.0 even I am leaving WP and going to android until they realize that themselves. Over 10 years with WM and now even I am done with them.

10. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Think if MS has focused early on supporting Intel and a x86 based mobile chip. Instead of wasting 2 critical years developing a replacement for WM. The HTC HD2, with HTC Sense on WM6 was a great phone. A true phablet. But MS waved everyone off WM and said hey lets do WP and left the amrket bare for WM for years. The early Android was no better than WM5.3, and everyone could write apps for WM5 and WM6. Look at what they were doing with ROMs for WM6 at XDA. There was a huge base of supporters and owners of WM, that if they had just made improvements and put out more phones they could have capitalized on AT&T only have iPhone, and VA with Android. They instead gave up the market for 2 years and then came back so weak it wasn't funny. To say the least I am pissed as MS and can't believe these idiots, and I have given up all hope they will figure it out. At this point I hope they just use thier resources, and start writing apps to get a WP style launcher on ANdroid. Android is an Open system, and they have as much patents and make as much as Google on the system. So why not embrace it and just make a WP flavored Android. DONT do what BB did.. in this case, release their own Nexus. Bury the hatchet and work with Google. Combined and in sync the two could make things better.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Your history is off a little. WP7 was WinCE based just like WM 6.5.3 (the last version ever released). I agree that WinMo on a proper handset like the HD2 was absolutely awesome. But considering that the HD2 was the only capacitive-screened WinMo phone EVER and the LG Fathom was the only other WinMo device with a 1 gig Hummingbird CPU. WP7 was insane quick and leagues better than WP8 but Microsoft insisted on going with the NT kernel everywhere.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You are asking the largest OS maker to give up their OS? Windows is now a cote that can run from iot to HoloLens...i don't think they care really. Technically nothing is stopping Asus from pushing out an x86 phone...

19. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

This phone online looks so cool. But when you go and actually see it in the store, it is a cheap ugly looking phone. Looks so much better in photos and ads. I was very disappointed. But the Windows Desktop feature works very well and is fairly fast. Will be even better when it has more apps other than Microsoft Office. The dock should be included to spur sale. I wont pay $700 for the phone and another $150 for the Dock. HP is on drugs!

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