HP Elite x3 to make an appearance in 100 Microsoft Stores next week

HP Elite x3 to make an appearance in 100 Microsoft Stores next week
If you're a fan of Windows 10 Mobile, we don't have to tell you that your options are a bit limited when it comes to solid, flagship-quality smartphones that are running the mobile version of the Windows operating system. While there's certainly a lot to like with the platform, the actual handsets that have bee released that are running the OS have left quite a lot to be desired. HP's Elite x3 looks to be one of the most interesting Windows 10 Mobile smartphones we've seen yet, and following the announcement that sales in the US would be delayed due to issues with the camera, it looks like HP is gearing up to finally release their latest smartphone to the masses.

According to a new report that comes courtesy of PCMag, the HP Elite x3 will start being offered in physical Microsoft Store retail outlets beginning next week on Monday, October 10. The phone will be available in over 100 Microsoft Stores in the US, and although it's nice to see that the phone will be making an appearance at these stores, it is a bit interesting as there was a report just last month that Microsoft Stores in the US appeared to be getting rid of their stock of smartphones running Windows Mobile. However, in that report, the phones that the Microsoft Stores were getting rid of were ones that were made and marketed for consumers. The HP Elite x3 is a very enterprise/business-centric device, and this only reinforces the fact that the Windows Mobile platform is moving more towards professionals and away from normal consumers.

As a quick recap of the Elite x3 itself, the phone boasts a massive 5.96-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4150 mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. While those specs on their own are great, the most interesting feature is the phone's ability to not only connect to a desktop monitor with Continuum, but also its own laptop accessory that's essentially the body of laptop that's actually powered by the Elite x3. 

The phone costs $699 on its own and is also available in a Business Pack for $799 that includes the HP Desk Dock that will allow you to connect the phone to a monitor to use it as your own personal computer.

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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)



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Pricey! But since it's business-centric, I guess its price tag won't be an issue for enterprises, though I might get one as well, just to try and see if it's worth the so much hype it gets.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Trojan, you might try a Windows Mobile...? ... Is that really you...? Oh well, G'Day!

13. tuminatr

Posts: 1143; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I always love the "its pricy" comments the Pixel XL, Note 7, S7 Edge, IPhone 7 ETC ETC are more expensive

2. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

One of the best phones you'll never buy. I miss my Windows Phone (calling it mobile again now) days. It's just too bad the eco system has zero support and of the little support that does exist for it, the apps are out dated and lack most of the polish and features of their iOS and Android counterparts. Also wasn't there worry of the Elite X3 performing horribly in benchmarks for a 820 phone.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

"...and of the little support that does exist for it, the apps are out dated and lack most of the polish and features of their iOS and Android counterparts." That's a lie. Apps like Instagram, Facebook and Facebook Messenger are on par with their Android and iOS counterparts.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

MeanMan, the apps you've mentioned are actually on par with iOS... Reason is simple, Facebook practically ported its IOS Apps to Windows Mobile... Some say they've used Project IslandWood... Some say it was a "Home Grown" porting tool specifically designed by Facebook... Anyhow, just a heads-up... G'Day!

8. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It uses osmeta.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Just wondering, can you do voice call and video call in facebook messenger now? I've stopped using WP for over half a year now so idk how far it's gotten.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

Microsoft shifting gears with their mobile OS to focus on enterprise is a smart business decision. Windows 10 for Mobile has a much better chance at making an impact in that environment. The Elite X3 is definitely a Phone I'd consider buying for business purposes.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "Windows Mobile platform is moving more towards professionals and away from normal consumers." No doubt... Windows Mobile is a viable platform for casual tasks like Push Notifications, Security, Privacy and matchless fluidness which most rivals (Read: Android) lack... If I dare say; The BlackBerry of new age... Look at Windows Store and almost all Instant Messaging, Cloud Storage, Social Media, Browsers, Tapatalk (Which BTW has 'multiple' apps on Windows Store, go figure!) and Banking/Finance apps are there which also get updated occasionally... Whereas 'Hip Apps' are lacking like the apps about 'pornography', 'sexuality', 'Call Girls' or perhaps the infamous and highly controversial "Peeple" which no body needs unless he or she is a... Well, I'm sure I'm fairly clear here! If you're a business man, I see no reason why you should avoid the most secure Mobile OS in the world... "The hardest nut to crack according to professional hackers":http://m.pocketnow.com/2015/11/09/hacker-windows-phone-android-mobile-security LONG LIVE THE WINDOWS MOBILE! W'Day!

10. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Took them 10 years to release the phone.lol

11. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Google is finally taking the life of a consumer serious and I am happy about that!

12. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I've been tempted to buy a Windows version of the HTC M8 just to check out the experience. This devise/OS looks sexy.

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

No one is sure that Microsoft after December 2016 when the LUmia brand of smart phones are said to be retired that Microsoft will make a Surface brand Windows 10 mobile smart phone. I want Microsoft to make at least ONE new signature flagship Windows 10 mobile smart phone that will demonstrate the full potential of Windows 10 mobile smart phones. lets call it just "Windows One" smart phone. Google has it's new Pixel flagship smart phone to show off Android and Microsoft should have the "Windows One" flagship to show off it's windows 10 mobile OS. Microsoft need to have this smart phone on the market to shows it backs up it's Windows 10 mobile operating system even if they do not sell as many as they would like to because they have to have a presense in the smart phone mobile world.

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