New Lap Dock for the HP Elite x3 sequel made an unassuming appearance at MWC

New Lap Dock for the HP Elite x3 sequel made an unassuming appearance at MWC
As we told you the other day, the most powerful Windows 10 Mobile handset of all time, the HP Elite x3, could be getting replaced real soon. At MWC, HP had the successor to the Elite x3 enclosed inside a glass container. The new phone looks similar to the Elite x3, although it has thinner bezels and the front-facing camera has been moved to the opposite side. It also appears to no longer carry the speaker at the bottom of the handset.

Also making an appearance at MWC was a new Lap Dock meant for the next version of the Elite x3 (Elite x4?) that seemed to get lost in the excitement of the next phone's appearance. With the Lap Dock, the HP Elite x3 can drive a laptop computer. The new Lap Dock will sport a larger 13-inch to 14-inch screen, up from 12.5-inches on the current model. And instead of coming with only USB-Type C ports, it will include some USB-A ports instead to improve compatibility.

The new Lap Dock is going to be cheaper than the current version of the device. Part of that price cut is due to the fact that the new dock will not be equipped with a touchscreen.

While there is no information about the launch of the HP Elite x3 sequel and the launch of the new Lap Dock, both are expected to be released before the end of this year. The appearance by both at MWC would seem to indicate that the new models will be coming as soon as mid-year.


source: Dr.Windows (translated) via MSPoweruser.com

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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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5 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Man, I want Windows Phones to succeed so bad. The Android/iOS duopoly is getting boring.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Agreed. I own a Windows Phone, and while I enjoy all the platforms in their base configurations, I like WM more than the other two. Two things are truly holding it back: 1) Apps. People are probably going "No s**t Sherlock" at that assertion, but it's just a fact at this point. Without apps, any good third alternative will be DOA for the foreseeable future. As if that weren't bad enough, WM has been losing important apps at a steady rate since Windows 10 debuted. That's really troubling, considering what the Universal app initiative was supposed to offer mobile users. 2) Carrier availability. There may be 3 WM phones offered by any given carrier. That's not gonna push people towards alternatives. If anything, the scarcity of them will convince them not to venture towards it. Getting more phones in people's hands may motivate developers, and thus is very crucial to any modicum of success. 2A) Google services. Not necessarily Google Play, just YouTube, Gmail, and Search would be plenty. Outlook Mail, while good, is no Gmail. MyTube (which is arguably BETTER than YouTube on Android/iOS) and other replacement apps are seen as "inferior" due to their nature as third-party apps by unknown developers. I actively avoid buying things off the Windows store, not because the apps aren't worth (sometimes they aren't honestly) but they can be discontinued rather abruptly. That's terrifying for any paying consumer looking into an ecosystem.

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I completely agree on all points.

4. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I love windows 10 mobile but because they rebooted the OS again it is still missing features that should have been there from the start. But now that hardware has reached a more powerful level MS is finally going to get full windows onto these devices with adaptable shell. I think cellular pc's/laptops/hybrids will come out first to help build up the ecosystem a bit. And I believe their first surface mobile device will be a foldable one. So they are likely waiting for that tech.

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Any competition at this point is healthy competition, because even though Windows 10 Mobile retained niche status it's still better than being killed off and dropping the vision of an all-in-one future altogether. We need this next step on both Android and iOS devices, the ability to be actual workhorse operating systems instead of pretty gesture control canvases and shells.

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