The HP Elite X3 is undoubtedly the phone Windows 10 Mobile fans are most looking forward to (well, apart from the misterious ‘Surface Phone’ of course) and over the past few days and weeks more and more facts have become known to the public. Furthermore, various leaks and rumors gave us even a better understanding of what this powerhouse might have to offer. In this post we want to summarize all the information and rumors so far.
First of all, let’s have a quick look at the impressive specifications once again:
- Windows 10 Mobile
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
- 4 GB RAM
- 64 GB internal storage
- 5.96″ display (2560×1440, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 4)
- Back camera: 16 MP, f/2.0
- Front camera: 8 MP
- Dimensions: 83.5 x 161.8 x 7.8 mm (3.29 x 6.36 x 0.31 in)
- Weight: Starting at 194 g (0.4277 lb)
- 4150 mAh non-removable battery
- Ports: USB 3.0 Type-C, 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Windows Hello iris recognition camera and fingerprint sensor
- Front-facing Bang & Olufson stereo speakers
- IP67 certified for water/dust resistance, MIL-STD 810G shock resistance
Price and Release Date
HP announced the Elite X3 at MWC 2016 2016 on February 21 but hasn’t yet publically mentioned a price or a release date. Nevertheless, there are rumors pointing at a release in September for 699€. On the other hand also a release in August might be possible – at least French blogger Cassim Ketfi states on Twitter that HP France told him so. At the end of the day, those plans could still change: Just think about the Acer Liquid Jade Primo which launched several months after it was expected.
via Windows Central
Two Color Options
So far HP has only shown the Graphite/Chrome version of the Elite X3 to the public but thanks to this PDF document (page 10) we now know that some countries will also get a Gold/Gold version.
HP will offer many different accessories for its Windows 10 Mobile flagship including a passive stylus according to this PDF document. The stylus will feature a 2 mm tip and will come with three replacement tips, along with a lanyard. According to a listing on HP Switzerland’s site, the pen will cost you 11 CHF (~11$). From the HP’s Accessories list:
Maximize your HP Elite x3’s productivity with the HP Elite x3 Passive Stylus, which allows you to write naturally on the screen and navigate touchscreen activities.
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Apart from the passive stylus, HP will offer many more accessories for the Elite X3. Probably the most interesting two of those are the Desk Dock and the Lap Dock. While the former is basically a “copy” of Microsoft’s display dock for the Lumia 950 (XL), the Lap Dock is a notebook shell with a 12.5″ Full HD screen, a full-sized keyboard and a clickpad. Both products are made for the use of Continuum. According to AllAboutWindowsPhone, the Lap Dock also works perfectly fine with other Continuum-enabled phones such as the Lumia 950 XL.
HP’s accessories list also includes three different cases: the Wallet Folio Case, the Silicone Case and the Rugged Case.
Here’s the full list of accessories for the HP Elite X3:
- HP Elite x3 Desk Dock
- HP Elite x3 Lap Dock
- HP Elite x3 Wireless Charger
- HP Elite x3 Wallet Folio Case
- HP Elite x3 Silicone Case
- HP Elite x3 Rugged Case
- HP Elite x3 Anti-Fingerprint Screen Protector (3-pack)
- HP Elite x3 Anti-Shatter Glass Screen Protector (1-pack)
- HP Elite x3 Privacy Screen (1-pack)
- HP Elite x3 Passive Stylus
- HP Tablet Cleaning Kit
Elite X3 and Verizon’s network
Those living in the US might not be able to use the Elite X3 on Verizon’s Wireless network as the phone won’t support the needed band 13 LTE. Please keep in mind that neither HP nor Verizon have confirmed this.
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Bundle for €1200
Another rumor from thewindose claims that HP will offer the Elite X3 bundled with the Desk Dock (Continuum Dock) and the Lap Dock (Mobile Extender) for €1200 (~$1326).
Prices (Update: 17.07.16)
During the last couple of days, HP has revealed the price of its flagship for various countries. As expected, the Elite X3 isn’t going to be a very affordable device:
United States: $699
United Kingdom: £680
Sweden: 8624 SEK
Netherlands: € 863
Switzerland: 917 CHF
Countries (Update: 17.07.16)
Additionally, we now know that the Elite X3 is going to be available in the following countries:
|Germany||Philippines||United Arab Emirates|
More Information on the Camera (Update: 21.07.16)
On July 20th a HP employee has offered some more information on the Elite X3’s camera during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit. There he confirmed that the camera uses image stabilisation via software. He also shared this picture taken with the Elite X3 (follow this link to check out the full quality).
Lap Dock: $499 (Update: 21.07.16)
Furthermore, he also mentioned that the Lap Dock will cost $499.
We will update this post with more information in the coming days and weeks as we move closer to the potential release date of the Elite X3.