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HP Elite x3

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It was perhaps HP that surprised us the most at this year’s MWC. The company took to the trade show to unveil the HP Elite x3, a smartphone that runs Windows 10 Mobile and leverages Microsoft’s Continuum feature to also serve as a computer with both a desktop and laptop dock. We got a chance to play with the handset on the trade show floors, and you can check out our initial impressions of the HP Elite x3 in the video.

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The HP Elite x3 is only the second smartphone from the American company to offer Microsoft’s mobile operating system. The two companies have partnered to build an elegant, metal-clad large smartphone that feels very premium. The 6-inch smartphone, much like any other smartphone of this form-factor, is very difficult to operate using one hand, though its large and sharp display make up for it.

The smartphone is also IP67-certified, which means that it can withstand dust and immersion in water for up to 1 metre for about 30 minutes.

As for the software, the HP Elite x3 runs Windows 10 Mobile. It also utilises Windows 10’s headline feature Continuum, as you can see in the video above. Continuum enables the Elite x3 to connect to docks – Desk Dock and Mobile Extender – and serve as a full-fledged desktop and laptop, respectively.

The HP Elite x3 is no slouch at hardware specifications either. It sports a 5.96-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Amoled display with Gorilla Glass 4 protecting it. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC clocked at 2.15GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB inbuilt storage. There’s also a microSD card slot should you need more storage.

Other features of the HP Elite x3 include a 15-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, support for 4G LTE, and a 4150mAh battery. Watch our video, embedded above, to see the phone in action.

HP Elite x3

General

Form factor Touchscreen
Battery capacity (mAh) 4150
Removable battery No
SAR value NA

Display

Screen size (inches) 5.96
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels

Hardware

Processor 2.15GHz  quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD

Camera

Rear camera No
Flash No
Front camera No

Software

Operating System Windows 10 Mobile 

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
NFC No
Infrared No
USB OTG No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No