Windows 10 Mobile-powered HP Elite x3 finally hits the market with a $799 price tag



Announced at this February's Mobile World Congress, the HP Elite x3 has finally reached the market. This is a pricy $799 Windows 10 Mobile-powered dual-SIM phablet with a 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 resolution AMOLED screen that's powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The microSD slot shares the same slot as the secondary SIM card, though, which means you can't have both dual-SIM connectivity and a microSD card installed.

Anyway, the HP Elite x3 also rocks a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing cam, an iris scanner for eye recognition security, a fingerprint reader, NFC, USB 3.0 Type-C, and stereo speakers along with a big 4,150mAh battery. The specs-intense device is also IP67-certified for waterproofing. The HP Elite x3 is also bundled with a bespoke Desk Dock that features a DisplayPort, Ethernet jack, power port, and three USB ports. Connecting the HP Elite x3 to it and adding a monitor, keyboard, and mouse turns the phablet into a Windows PC.

While Microsoft seems to have given up on producing its own smartphones, it's still pursuing the Windows 10 Mobile dream with the help of manufacturing partners like HP. There's no question that the Elite x3 is a capable smartphone, but does it have what it takes to steer buyers away from the familiar, comfortable and no less accomplished Android and iOS?

Transforming into a PC isn't really something that many consumers are after, seeing that they prefer to use their smartphones instead of a desktop. Meanwhile, the business professionals that this smartphone obviously targets seek the kind of mobility provided by laptops and tablets. So, cool and technologically accomplished as it is, Microsoft's Continuum trick doesn't seem to have arrived in the right time and place.

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23 Comments

1. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

$799, that's why windows is failing.

3. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

No, it's the 8 years of waiting for the release date.:)

9. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

is this the Supposedly.. the surface phone? only things on the miss is the stylus and option to reboot into android os... would be the best phone ever

10. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

It's a Windows Phone, it runs full windows 10.

14. Popop971

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

It's running Windows 10 mobile.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

2. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Wow! It's up for sale! It only took them 8 months, but that is super fast from announcement to release date.lol

4. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Its not a bad phone at all but not so great either. 800USD are way too much for that phone. 600USD were fair.

6. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You're looking at it as just a phone. That's why it seems overpriced to you. It is more than a phone.

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Pls feel free to educate me, but how is this more than any smartphone on the market? Tell me a couple things this can do, but neither android nor iPhone could do.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nothing it offers isn't doable via Andromium OS on Android. Same limited PC-wannabe experience, demanding you connect to a remote PC to use full Desktop applications. At best, it's merely a paving stone to the 0 compromise pocket PC. If not for the fiasco it's going through, the Note 7 + Andromium OS easily accomplishes everything it does. While also offering the best Camera + Display, an Active Digitizer pen to make serious use of its big screen, a more versatile/flexible mobile OS and loads more Smartphone apps.

12. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

MS showed off a new version of continuum that is more like desktop with windows and all that. Even UI transforms to look like Desktop. that's due for Redstone 2. Again UWP is the future as this is the application packaging that will be used for their big VR venture with intel and all the big PC manufacturers. All the new types of hardware will use it. Everything you do on the desktop can more or less be accomplished on UWP. The developers just have to rewrite the apps. And yes they can even host them on webpages. This is the future of windows 10. w32 exe apps are just in windows 10 for backwards compatbility. But this will only be on the desktop computers, none of the new hardware coming out in different form factors like VR. This is the only form factor that will continue to support it. Devs will eventually port apps over to the new api.

11. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Why is $600 fair, and not $800? In terms of specs, it compares favorably to other $800 flagships out there. To reiterate, that is: - Qualcomm 820 - 4GB DDR4 - 64GB built in, expandable via microSD - 5.96" QHD AMOLED display - Stereo Bang & Olufsen speakers - 4,150 mAh battery - Iris + fingerprint scanning - Continuum - HP Workspace (virtualize 32bit or 64bit Windows apps) All that, not to mention it comes with a dock that separately sells for $120-150, bringing the phone price to about $650-680. You can argue all you want about the merits of the OS and whether or not you would be better served by a different phone, but it is an absolute beast of a phone, ESPECIALLY at its price point when compared to the competition.

17. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

Eh. Wont sell well for 800. Windows os is crap and hp isnt hot in the smartphone market. 600 and not a penny more.

19. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Can't argue about sales. Any Windows Mobile device is a tough sell to consumers at the moment, but my point is that the price is definitely justifiable. Its sales potential will be determined by how willing enterprise customers are to adopt the notion that your phone should be your primary computing device. I don't think that's an easy sell to a fairly risk averse crowd, but it is the eventual, inevitable direction. The question is whether the timing is right or too early to make that pitch.

18. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

Fine you convinced me. 625. And 5 of it is for a tip cause youre a nice guy. You know what...? Nah fekit. 605. Keep the 5 as a tip though.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is a specs beast

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

What an intriguing phone! If it were not for the OS I'd get this phone.

16. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

The OS is amazing. It's the app ecosystem that isn't. :P

15. Eraman

Posts: 164; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Nothing special in this phone :/ Everyone have 4/6 GB RAM and SD820/821 and 64/128/256 GB. The only deference is in the OS. That's all so no one have to pay 800$ for something like that.

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's not true. That's why so much people pay premium ti get iOS and OS X

21. mariusmuntean

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

For the specs, the phone is ok, less the camera which is horrible and slow. But this price tag for a mediocre low quality OS?? :)) No way. A windows 10 phone is not worth more than 300$ these days..

23. raiter

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

It was soooo looong waiting ... so I already bought Lumia 950xl. The one reason against HP where its size, and the less capable camera(comparing to Lumia).

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