The HP Elite X3 is n’t a phone meant for consumers. It is the sort of thing HP wants businesses to buy in bulk, specifically for people who travel a lot. This phone can be placed in a desk dock and connected to a laptop dock, which transforms it into something that’s resembles a traditional Windows computer, albeit one with severely gimped features.

HP Elite x3 Design:

At the very least, the HP Elite X3 is a sign that HP can build a decent-looking phone. It is a large device, with a 5.96-inch WQHD (2,560 × 1,400) AMOLED display. But it feels good to hold, along with curved rear edges wrapped in smooth plastic. Aside from gaudy chrome strip along the bottom of its case (which houses stereo Bang & Olufsen speakers), the HP Elite X3 seems like a natural evolution of HP’s designs from the Pre 3 era. Along the back, there is a fingerprint sensor below the 16MP camera. Up front, an 8MP shooter sits beside an iris camera that serves as a second biometric authentication method.


HP Elite x3

HP Elite x3 specifications:

Display 5.96-inch 2560 x1440 AMOLED
Dimensions 83.5 x7.8 x 161.8 mm

3.29 x 0.31 x 6.36 in

Weight 0.43lb (195g)
Processor Quad-core 2.15Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU

Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU

Memory Up to 4GB RAM
Internal Storage Up to 64GB


Expansion microSD (up to 2TB)
Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2)

LTE-A with carrier aggregation 4,5,6,13

Camera 16MP f/2.0 FHD rear-facing camera

8MP front-face camera and Iris camera

Battery 4150 mAh Li-ion polymer

Qi and PMA

Ports 3.5mm headphone jack

USB-C 3.0

HP Elite x3 Features:

With the HP Workspace app, businesses can sign up to HP’s service, request whatever desktop apps they want or need, and HP host those apps for them on a virtualized server, beamed straight to your phone. That means you can run desktop apps on your HP Elite x3 in Continuum mode thanks to the HP Workspace app.

HP Elite x3 Price:

The HP Elite X3 is available now for $699 (£575 and AU$1,100 converted — UK and Australian pricing is yet to be announced). HP is also offering the smartphone bundled with desk dock for $799 (about £710 or AU$1,200) while a bundle with the phone, Lap Dock and Desk Dock will be available from Oct 21 for $1,299 (around £1,070 or AU$1,700).