Another day at Mobile World Congress another phone unveiled to the public and this time we are talking Windows Phone with the all-new Elite X3 by Hewlett-Packard.

This new device is what most tech junkies would consider a phablet due to its enormous 6.0 inch display which has a resolution of 1440p.  It is not as big as a tablet, but it is also stretching the limit of how big a phone can be.

HP’s latest device is also stretching the limit of how much a phone can do by choosing to go with Windows 10 Mobile for the operating system.  Windows 10 Mobile further blurs the boundary of phone and computer.

With Microsoft Continuum the Elite X3 will be able to take advantage of a full-size computer monitor so the apps on the phone will scale up in size to look like a regular desktop application.  For instance if a Word document is started on the Elite X3 and then plugged into the Continuum dock, the app will show up on the monitor in full-screen mode which looks as if you are using the normal desktop version of Office.

It will be suited to enterprise markets with its FIPS 140-2 cryptography, 128-bit key Unified Image Encryption, and 256-bit key Full Disk Encryption.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM.  It has plenty of power to multitask and perform intensive operations.

Having the energy-efficient 820 CPU paired with a 4150mAh battery means that it has a potential to get a user through the entire day, but that battery needs to be beefy because of its large AMOLED display.

At the bottom of the display is a dual speaker setup designed by Bang & Olufsen which is supposed to produce a premium audio experience.

On the back of the HP Elite X3 is a 16 megapixel camera.

There will be plenty of room to save photographs because HP’s phablet comes with 64GB of internal storage along with a micro SD card slot giving users the option to have up to 2TB of external space.

HP Elite X3 and Continuum

HP Elite X3 can be docked and used like a computer

The Elite X3 will come with a USB-C charging port and fingerprint scanner much like other flagship devices in 2016 sans Samsung.

Hewlett-Packard decided to include dual SIM card support which makes this device very appealing to Americans who will be traveling abroad or Europeans in general who use multiple GSM carriers.

This entire package is encased in an IP67 certified waterproof housing meaning that it is completely dust tight along with the ability to be submersed in freshwater up to one meter in depth.

HP’s Elite X3 is expected to be available this summer, but cannot be purchased through wireless carriers.  Instead, HP will be selling the Windows 10 device directly to companies according to CNET.  The price is also currently unknown.

Via: Windows Blog (Mobile World Congress Post)

Source: Windows Blog

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