Another smartphone has been revealed today and it will be launching during this summer. The phone will be another Windows 10 Mobile phone under the phone maker HP. This upcoming phone is designed to be so powerful that it can work as a mobile phone, laptop and a desktop. This phone is called the HP Elite X3.
Hewlett Packard is known for its laptops, desktop computers and printers. But it has been observed to be slowly branching out into the smartphone industry since splitting up with Fujitsu last year. And with the announcement of the upcoming device, it has officially created its own Windows 10 Mobile smartphone line.
According to Venture Beat, the new phone will be having a 5.96-inch screen. X3 will be running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with a 4GB RAM and an internal storage of 64GB which is expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card. It sports a 16 megapixel rear shooter and an 8 megapixel front shooter.
The handset, which HP is calling a “phablet,” will also come with an iris scanner on the front and a fingerprint sensor on the back right beneath its camera, reports The Verge. It will be powered by a 4150mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly.
The Elite X3 phone is designed around Continuum, the Windows 10 feature that lets Windows mobile devices to plug into a larger display and function like a full Windows computer that has a mouse and a keyboard. The goal for HP with this feature seems to be to make users use their HP phones for all their tech needs including the need to use a desktop or laptop.
So far, other Windows 10 phones that also run around the Continuum feature have not been able to make much of an audience. And HP aims to get more attention than those phones had. This plan is not as unattainable than it looks.
However, the hurdle, which previous Mobile 10 devices have come into, is that they weren’t able to run full desktop apps which might be a lot of a problem to any business user. This problem is solved by HP, building software that will be running apps from the cloud. But another downside is that one will need an IT department to set it up. But considering that the target consumers are business users, this doesn’t seem to pose much of a threat.
A pair of accessories by the company is also going to be sold alongside the Elite X3 phone to help it transform into a full PC. The accessories are called the “Desk Dock” and the “Mobile Extender.” The Desk Dock is a shiny chrome dock that comes with two USB ports, one USB-C port, Display Port, and an Ethernet port. These ports are used for hooking up a monitor for desktop use.
Meanwhile, the Mobile Extender, which is described by The Verge as something that looks like a sleek black laptop, turns it into a Windows PC when a user connects their HP Elite X3 device to it wirelessly. It will be a smart way to make use of the Continuum feature without too much set up while the phone stays just on the users pocket.
The latest Windows 10 Mobile phone device will have a dimension of 6.36 x 3.29 x 0.31 inch and a weight of 6.88 oz or 195 grams adds Gizmodo. HP has said that it has announced the existence and some of the specs of the phone so it can start working with possible partners for the necessary apps. So far, there are announcement on the pricing and its availability date.