HP unveiled a device it described as “a breakthrough solution that revolutionises the mobile computing experience”, called Elite x3.
The company said it “bridges phablet, laptop and desktop use cases” from a single, Windows 10 Mobile device. Using Microsoft’s Continuum technology, Elite x3 delivers “frictionless multiscreen transitions between a phone scenario and a desktop PC scenario”, supported by a range of accessories (including dock and laptop-type “Mobile Extender”) to enable use as a computer.
With Windows 10 having largely failed to gain traction in the smartphone space, the device fits with Microsoft’s own strategy of offering devices that target enterprise users – a market where Windows is likely to find a more willing acceptance. This could also prove a lucrative niche for HP, building on its existing presence in the corporate computing sector.
Elite x3 will include Microsoft Office, and HP is also working with Salesforce for enterprise app support.
It has a 6-inch screen, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (a MicroSD expansion slot is also on-board). It includes LTE connectivity.
Also included is biometric security technology; front-facing speakers “tuned by Bang & Olufsen”; 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras; and dual-SIM support.
HP Elite x3 is scheduled for availability in the summer.