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10HP first unveiled its Windows 10-powered, business Elite x3 smartphone in February but it had plans to launch it in the U.S. late this summer. The new handset is specially designed for enterprise customers and allows users easily switch between several electronic devices through the mobile OS’ s Contiuum feature.
The 5.96-inch, 0.43 lb mobile device’s screen is made of the shock-absorbing Gorilla Glass 4 and it is waterproof. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, with 4GB of RAM, and has 64 GB just for storage. You can boost storage space by up to 2 Tb, according to manufacturer.
You can also charge the smartphone wirelessly but you’ll need to purchase the pad separately.
Elite X3 is equipped with two cameras of 16 MP (rear) and 8 MP (front) respectively. It can be connected via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and supports GPS and NFC. It also has embedded dual SIM to help you keep personal and business lives separate.
The only drawback of the dual SIM system is that you need to pick between the two additional 2TB of storage and an extra SIM card. Security is also enhanced as you can log in using an iris and fingerprint scanner.
It can be easily paired with other devices and multiple networks. The Continuum feature in Windows 10 turns your business smartphone into a phablet or desktop PC since you can dock the phone to your desktop monitor via the Desk Doc.
You can also connect the phone to a 2.2 lb Lap Dock for a true laptop experience. The Lap Dock is lightweight because it is not equipped with a processor since it uses the smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
You can take a look at the HP Elite x3 new features here:
After you paired the Elite x3, you’ll be able to access the Microsoft Office suite and download more apps from the Windows Store. But experts say that the “laptop experience” has some limitations since Windows 10 is a mobile version of the operating system.
The handset will be available in U.S. stores on August 29 for the starting price of $699. You’ll be also able to buy the smartphone and the Desk Dock for $799. Make sure you check the company’s website for the phone’s availability in your area. HP plans to launch the new device in 47 countries worldwide.