The HP Elite x3 phablet is one device that functions as two. While it has features that back up that claim, the $799 price tag may be a bit much for some small businesses.
The new x3 phablet is part of HP’s continuing effort to blur the lines between mobile and desktop computing with modular designs. Since the company split in two, there has been a concerted effort to revive its PC segment with some innovative devices.
The X3 is part of that drive, and HP (NYSE:HPQ) has tried to push this mission forward by creating a portable device that is just as at home on the desk with additional components.
HP Elite x3 phablet Specs
As its price should suggest, the X3 has premium hardware:
- Display – 5.96-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED,
- Processor – Quad-core 2.15Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU with Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU,
- 16MP f/2.0 FHD rear-facing camera and 8MP front-facing camera and Iris camera,
- Memory – 4GB RAM,
- Internal Storage – 64GB with up to 2TB microSD expansion,
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, and
- Battery – 4150 mAh Li-ion polymer (non-removable) with Qi and PMA for wireless charging.
There is also a dock with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port that can be used for charging and a full-sized display port connector.
While these features are impressive, where the X3 shines is the utilities it comes with. It has Microsoft’s Continuum, Windows 10 Mobile, and HP’s Workspace that turn this phablet into a PC. You will be able to use Win32 apps on your phone, which can be invaluable for businesses that rely on these applications.
With Continuum, you can start a task anywhere and finish it at your desk without saving, syncing or restarting, by simply docking your HP Elite x3.
The HP Elite x3 is not cheap, and not many small businesses will be able to afford it, but for those that do, it takes the collaborative and remote workforce environment to a new level.