The HP Elite X3 has launched in Malaysia! This is a significant device mind you, in more ways than one. This new, very pretty device is touted as a 3-in-1 device designed with a business first mentality. That is why it is powered by none other than Microsoft’s latest and greatest Windows 10 Mobile.
The HP Elite X3 is a significant step for HP. The Elite X3 is named as such because it is able to be used in 3 different devices with complementing accessories. This powerful Snapdragon 820 device can be used as a full Windows 10 PC and laptop with an HP Desk Dock and Lap Dock. In basic english, the Desk Dock is technically a desktop dock which converts the Windows 10 on the device into a full on Windows 10 for full productivity capabilities of a desktop PC. Likewise, the HP Lap Dock is a laptop dock to which you can connect via wireless or wired to your Elite X3 to convert it to a laptop.
How this business-first device does all the Windows 10 Mobile to full Windows 10 transition is Microsoft’s brilliant Windows Continuum. The Windows Continuum has been seen in concept in IFA 2016. In fact, Continuum is a feature built into the Windows 10 platform since its development days. Here is the thing though, although the feature has been improving continuously there has not been a single compelling device that shows off the true capabilities of Windows Continuum. With the added fact that Windows devices are far and few in between, the spotlight gets taken away. Until now with the Elite X3. This is a significant step for Microsoft then, this.
Back to focusing on the device; primarily the accessories. The HP Desk Dock is not just a dock for show. It functions as a desktop PC solution for the Elite X3 while having additional ports for the ultimate PC experience. A DisplayPort for example allows you to connect the dock and device to an external monitor. You get two USB-A and USC-C ports for plugging in various external drives. You even get an Ethernet port for that ultimate productivity on your desk.
The HP Lap Dock is mobility taken to the next level. By appearance, the accessory is basically an HD 12.5-inch, one kilogram ultrabook. However do not be fooled by its appearance; it is not an ultrabook. It will not function without the HP Elite X3 connected to it. It does not even boast its own storage system as much as a battery. It serves as a laptop extension for the HP Elite X3 smartphone and is entirely managed by the Elite X3 device.
Specs you say? The display is a 5.96-inch WQHD 2,560 x 1,440 resolution AMOLED panel covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for extra durability. At the bottom and top of the device are two stereo speakers developed by Bang and Olufsen; top-notch audio. Beneath those beautifully crafted display and speakers is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15GHz. Graphics comes in the form of Adreno 530 and this SoC is paired with 4GB of RAM for the best multitasking performance. Internal storage weighs in at 64GB and expandable up to 2TB via a MicroSD slot. Of course expanding the storage will require you to sacrifice one of the two SIM card slots. Powering up this Windows 10 Mobile device is a 4,150mAh Lithium Ion Polymer battery that is not removable with quoted 500 hours of standby time. Encasing the device is a 16-megapixel camera facing at the rear paired with 8-megapixel out the front. Being the new standard, the HP Elite X3 is a USB Type-C device.
This compelling device is aimed to businesses as mentioned earlier. However the specs tells that it is not all about business and also can be used to play. The device is available this month onward at any authorised HP retailers. Prices start from MYR3,599 for the device only with several accessory bundles. For more information of the HP Elite X3 do visit their site. Photos and Press release after the break.
Source: HP Malaysia