Meet HP's Elite X3, a Home windows Telephone with a wi-fi lapdock

Meet HP's Elite X3, a Windows Phone with a wireless lapdock

It has been ages (fantastic, two years) since HP launched a smartphone, so certainly a tool making its debut at Cellular World Congress out to be particular, proper? Nicely, HP’s latest cellular — the Elite X3 — is particular, for a number of causes. First off, it is a Home windows Telephone in an age the place Home windows Telephone progress has principally stopped. And second, HP is taking a look at it as productiveness powerhouse, supplementing it with a lapdock that the telephone connects to wirelessly. The top outcome? A principally full-sized laptop computer with all the facility of a smartphone. ‚Äč

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First, the information. Like loads of different telephones right here on the present, the X3 comes loaded with a Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, together with 64GB of inner storage. That places it in the identical class as units just like the LG G5, although its twin entrance-dealing with audio system (augmented by Bang and Olufsen) might make it a handier media machine. It additionally sports activities all of the security measures your IT division has been clamoring for, two SIM card slots for frequent fliers, and a surprisingly good 5.ninety six-inch Quad HD show.

All advised, that is a reasonably strong package deal. And from HP! Who knew? Actually although, it is the productiveness angle that is most puzzling. The Elite X3 is supposed as a enterprise-solely machine, bought in fleets to each tiny and company IT departments, and the Lapdock (technically the “cellular extender”) is a approach to flip a telephone right into a full-blown work machine. The extender is meant to return with a 48WHr battery and a 12.5-inch diagonal display, together with a full-sized keyboard and trackpad. Should you’re actually itching to hunker down and work, there is a dock too, which principally simply allows you to route video from the telephone to a much bigger show for common apps.

I obtained the prospect to play with briefly with the telephone (the lapdock was only a mockup), and walked away extra confused than something. Would a cellular skilled favor a correct laptop computer and smartphone each single time? The notion of getting productiveness equipment orbiting round a smartphone solar is nice and all (particularly for small IT departments that may slightly not should cope with managing all these belongings), however the reality of the matter is Continuum typically does not work reliably sufficient to make any of this possible. Most of my Continuum expertise has been with a Lumia 950 related straight right into a display with cables — I could not get Miracast connectivity to work even with a dongle Microsoft offered, and I am questioning how many individuals will expertise these similar sorts of complications with HP’s wi-fi lapdock.

That is sort of a disgrace, too, because the Elite X3 is among the nicer Home windows Telephones I’ve come throughout. It isn’t as downright fancy because the NuAns Neo, however it’s obtained the horsepower to make some individuals rethink the Home windows Telephone way of life.