Today’s growing roster of device manufacturers running the mobile iteration of Windows looks like a collection of underdogs, starting with Microsoft and finishing with VAIO or HP. Yes, Hewlett-Packard is seeking a smartphone comeback after licking its webOS wounds, once again inexplicably snubbing Android to support a dying platform.
Only the Elite X3, formerly known as Falcon, actually seems to have what it takes to give the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 a run for their money, prospectively catering to business consumers like no other enterprise handheld before it.
It’s the best of both worlds, it appears, touting a clean, simple, industrial design, IP67 water and dust resistance and even military-grade protection for shocks and drops, but at the same time, packing a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM.
Move over, Lumia 950 XL, as this is the definitive Windows 10 Mobile flagship, with 16 and 8MP cameras also in tow, fingerprint sensor (possibly embedded beneath the display), Quad HD screen resolution, iris scanner, Qi wireless charging, 32GB expandable storage, and obviously, Continuum support for seamless PC convertibility.
Sounds a little too good to be true? Like an OS fan’s wet, improbable dream? Well, then how you do explain the very credible-looking leaked product images? Granted, the unit pictured here might be a dummy or unpolished pre-release prototype. But it’s definitely real, premium and sleek, measures less than 8mm in depth, and apparently sports Bang & Olufsen speakers too.
Now it just remains to be seen if the HP Elite X3 will go official at MWC 2016 next week or a different venue later in the year.