HP unveils business-class Windows 10 phablet --- ‘Elite x3’

A new business-class Windows 10 phablet – the 6-inch ‘Elite x3’ smartphone – was unveiled by Hewlett Packard (HP) at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.

The new big-screen Elite x3 handset marks the reentry of HP in the smartphone arena, after its failed effort with the webOS handsets a few years back.

Unveiling the Elite x3 phablet at the MWC, HP said that the device -- a dual-SIM handset -- is essentially a part of its “new mobile ecosystem” which, as per the company’s claims, “will drive the next generation of computing.”

The new mobile ecosystem includes the Elite X3 smartphone powered by Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile software; as well as a Desk Dock to enable the Continuum Windows 10 experience on a desktop monitor; a 12.5-inch laptop-format thin client - the Mobile Extender - for improved mobile productivity; and HP Workspace software to allow users to gain remote access to a catalogue of virtualised Windows apps.

Some of the most impressive features of the HP Elite x3 phablet -- scheduled to hit the markets this summer -- include a 6-inch AMOLED display with quad HD resolution; Qualcomm's powerful new Snapdragon 820 SoC; two coprocessors for offloading certain tasks from the CPU; an Adreno 530 GPU; 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM; a massive 4,150mAh battery; an 8-megapixel front camera; and 64GB of onboard storage capacity, with microSD card to technically expand storage to up to 2TB.