Pre-orders for HP's Elite x3 go live in the US through Microsoft

Pre-orders for HP's Elite x3 go live in the US through Microsoft
To say that the mobile version of Windows 10 is off to a rocky start would be putting things nicely. Whether it be because of numerous software bugs or the underwhelming reviews of Microsoft's Lumia 950 series, the platform is still waiting for its big breakthrough. There's no denying that Windows 10 is an intriguing and interesting alternative to Android and iOS, but Microsoft has yet to have a true flagship that truly showcases just how powerful that platform can really be. However, this might be changing quite soon.

Back in February, HP took the wraps off of the company's Elite x3. The Elite x3 is the company's latest smartphone, and it makes quite the first impression with its massive 5.96-inch display. And as impressive as that may be, that's not even the most intriguing aspect about this device. You see, the HP Elite x3 is created to be your all-in-one workstation. When you want to shoot off a few emails while on the train, HP's Lap Dock allows you to connect to the Elite x3 remotely, and essentially allows you to view your phone through the form factor of a laptop. And, when you get home and want to be as productive as possible, the company's included Desk Dock transforms your phone into a full-fledged Windows 10 PC through the power of Continuum.

As great as all of this sounds, folks in the United States have been left in the dark in regards to actually purchasing the HP Elite x3. Thankfully, that changes today. Microsoft has officially launched pre-orders for the HP Elite x3 on the Microsoft Store, and it's currently selling for $799.00 a pop. Purchasing the phone via the Microsoft Store will have it come bundled with HP's Desk Dock, and these shipments are expected to go out by September 12.

The idea of being able to have one device to do all of your work from is not a new concept, but HP appears to be taking some smart steps to make it happen. This isn't a machine that you'll be able to use for video editing or heavy rendering, but the Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage should prove to be plenty of horsepower for working with Microsoft Office, chatting with clients on Skype, sending emails, etc.

The current price point of the HP Elite x3 does place it in the same category as handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Apple iPhone 6S, but from what we've seen so far, it should have more than enough features and specs to hold its own against some of the most fearsome competitors out there. Thankfully, we won't have to wait too much longer until we can finally get our hands on the Elite x3 and see how it holds up and performs in the real world.

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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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14 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

I like it

2. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I'd like for it to make a change.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 735; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

That price though. This will flop HARD.

7. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It'll definitely be a tough sell that's for sure, but I doubt HP is expecting it to break out with record sales. More likely a commercial/corporate target market. http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?wireId=2027294#.V7tjPk0rIzI

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

This device seems like a winner in every area but price. That price will be an instant fail

8. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

mainly targeted for the business sector, so the price point seems ideal...if ur a business and can't afford the cost, u need to shut down ur business LOL people act like this phone is targeted at the consumer level LOL

5. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

This device is the second coming. The device will be the device to be put in the cross for Jesus aka surface phone to be reborn. Dual wielding my 6p and 950xl but can't wait to get my hands on this beast. Now time for Panos to take over Microsoft mobile division.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

........Okay?

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

wow! the second coming, dual wielding... talk about being mental.

10. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

his ID is IAMBLCKJ3ZUS. he is not being mental. He is the BLCK J3ZUS!

11. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Im waiting and ready to replace my 950xl with it.. IF its what its cracked up to be. So I'll wait for the reviews. Done being first in line for not ready hardware.

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Me too. Have been burned as an early adopter way too many times. I left Windows just a couple of months ago after having been an extremely loyal WP enthusiast for several years. I already miss so much about the platform. But Windows 10 just isn't there, and I was tired of feeling like I was always so close to the perfect OS for me, but it always needed just "1 more update". I am cheering for this beast and MS to beat the odds. I will launch right back into my favorite OS if they get it there.

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

IF T-mobile hadnt gotten rid of the Priv when they did I was about to go that route. But the store was out of them and then you couldnt get it online etc.. was literally a day late.

13. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Well the link no longer goes to the MS Store, but to the old HP website thats been up a while. Anyone that remembers the Dell Venue Pro launch or the US Launch of the 950XL will recognize this not ready for prime time routine. If MS and HP are serious then this will be sold in ALL MS Stores like those at Best Buy. If not it will be dead on arrival like the Dell Venue Pro. Only those that know it exists will get it and even then we will have to hunt for it on a buried page ion HPs site. I get that this is a enterprise phone for the most part. But enterprise won't buy it if they don't see it live. So they HAVE to promote it at Best Buy stores, even if they only have a demo and one or two in stock.

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