HP’s Elite x3 Smartphone Arrives August 29, Starts at $699

HP has re-entered the smartphone business with the Elite x3, a “3-in-1” mobile device that offers business productivity features in a Windows 10 smartphone. HP finalized the bundle and stand-alone starting prices, and the company slated the Elite x3 to start shipping at the end of August.

When HP revealed the Elite x3 at MWC, we were excited at the prospect of the company’s propriety HP WorkSpace virtualization software running legacy x86 applications in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which is something standard Windows 10 smartphones can’t do. HP’s enterprise expertise could make the HP Elite x3 a compelling choice for businesses seeking one device to rule them all.

The specs haven’t changed since the original reveal, but the accessory former known as the “MeDock,” a 12.5-inch thin-client laptop shell, has received a new name. Now referred to as a Lap Dock, HP intends to bundle this “accessory” with the Elite x3 later on, but pricing details and the precise release date aren’t available yet.

However, HP did reveal that the Elite x3 would be available as a bundle with the Desk Dock (a docking station that the phone sits in that provides USB and DisplayPort connectivity to connect a monitor and peripherals) and a premium headset starting at $799. The HP Elite x3 starts at $699 by itself. The price is far below the $1000 bundle price we had estimated back at MWC, and it’s a welcome surprise for the device given the powerful hardware.

The HP Elite x3 starts shipping on Aug 29. Those interested in purchasing the device can drop HP a line on the company website.

HP Elite X3
Display5.96-inch (2560x1440) AMOLED multitouch, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, anti-reflective coating
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (2.15 GHz, quad-core)
GPUAdreno 530
Storage64 GB eMMC 5.1, up to 2 TB microSD
CamerasFront: 8MP FHD w/ Iris camera
Rear: 16MP FHD
Audio-Stereo speakers (one w/ earpiece)
-Integrated omnidirectional mics w/ HP Noise Cancellation Software (x3)
-External mic (from headset jack) -Snapdragon Audio+ support
-Audio by B&O PLAY
Connectivity-4G LTE-A w/ carrier aggregation
-802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi/BT 4.0 LE combo (Miracast supported)
Ports-Headphone jack
-Dual nano SIM (or nano SIM + microSD) via 3-in-2 tray
-Pogo pins
-USB Type-C (USB 3.0)
Sensors-Ambient light sensor + proximity combo -Accelerometer + gyro
-eCompass, pressure
-Hall effect
Security-Iris recognition (front cam) and fingerprint reader
-FIPS 140-2 cryptography
-Qualcomm Secure Boot, 128-bit key Unified Image Encryption, 256-bit key Full Disk Encryption, Anti-rollback, fTPM 2.0 security
-Windows 10 includes 128 key Bitlocker encryption and Enterprise grade VPN
Battery4,150 mAh Li-ion polymer
SoftwareHP Workspace, HP Device Hub, HP Registration and device onboarding, Adobe PDF Reader
Dimensions83.5 x 7.8 x 161.8 mm
WeightStarting at 195g (0.43 lb)
OSWindows 10 Mobile
AvailabilityAugust 29, 2016
Pricing- Stand-Alone: $699
- Desk Dock, Headset Bundle: $799
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  • Carl Draper
    This would be alright (though expensive!) if it weren't a Windows device! It's basically a rip off of the old Motorola Lapdock idea. Windows Phone is practically dead, they're flogging a dead horse!?
  • therealduckofdeath
    Looks like the Iris scanner shares one of the cameras with the regular selfie cam. Hopefully that won't have an impact on the speed. I think Samsung's will use two dedicated cameras to get faster focus and balance for the task.
    Anyhoo, I think this is the only way Windows Phone would stand a chance to get into the game. Make use of the more advanced PC ecosystem with support for those thin client type laptops/tablets. Too bad Intel dropped out of the smartphone race, as an Atom processor would have felt a bit more useful instead of using virtualisation.
  • jaber2
    if only it could play my xbox games