Editor’s Notice: It appears like our headline was spot on, as HP has determined to discontinue the Elite x3 after Microsoft put Windows Mobile into maintenance mode

HP’s Elite x3 smartphone has achieved not less than one factor: It has triumphantly realized Microsoft’s dream of telephones that would ultimately substitute your PC.

Microsoft’s imaginative and prescient was meaningless until these telephones may help the PC’s legacy apps. Microsoft’s Continuum function already permits you to join a mouse and keyboard, giving the cellphone the appear and feel of a desktop PC. HP designed the Elite x3 to evolve that idea. Decide any Win32 app you’d like—Photoshop, AutoCAD, even Chrome—and HP’s new Workspace function will permit it to be run by way of your cellphone. Mix that with stellar battery life, actually helpful utilities, and an (virtually) elite set of specs, and also you certainly have a PC in your pocket.

It’s a pity, then, that every one this comes at a really elite, PC-like value. These prices relegate the Elite x3 to company use, the place an IT division foots the invoice. 

Mark Hachman

HP’s Elite x3, inside its billfold case.

The Elite x3: A dear phablet

Let’s start our tour of the Elite x3’s formidable specs with maybe the biggest variety of all: its value. I’ve at all times been a fan of enormous telephones just like the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Samsung Galaxy Notice sequence, however the Elite x3 pushes the bounds of the “phablet” designation. 

The cellphone’s $699 value is effectively north of reasonably priced—recall that we dinged the competing Acer Liquid Jade Primo for its $649 price ticket (it’s presently $449 within the Microsoft Retailer). HP’s Desk Dock provides Continuum capabilities for one more $150. Then there’s the upcoming ultrabook-like Lap Dock, which at $500 brings the overall invoice to $1,299—only for the . Gulp.

The cellphone itself is gigantic as effectively: 6.Three x Three.29 x zero.Three inches, weighing a sturdy 6.9 ounces. Although the Elite x3 is barely narrower and shorter than Nokia’s large Lumia 1520, each telephones are simply too giant for me to make use of with one hand. The Elite x3’s definitely bigger than Microsoft’s personal flagship Lumia 950XL in addition to the Acer Liquid Jade Primo.

The Elite x3’s 5.96-inch, 2,560×1,440 AMOLED show has the identical specs because the Lumia 950XL’s, however it pushes extra pixels than the Liquid Jade Primo’s 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 show. Happily, it’s additionally protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass four, and in contrast to some other Home windows cellphone, is each IP67 waterproof and MIL-STD 810G drop-resistant, too.

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