The HP Elite X3 has been officially announced today, and the handset has really thrown a bombshell into the “Windows Phone is dead“-meme by delivering a handset that is in spirit more a PC than a phone, which of course makes all the difference.
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions our readers may have.
How much does the HP Elite X3 cost?
HP has not announced pricing yet – this will be announced closer to its release .
When will the HP Elite X3 be available?
HP has said “very late summer” so we assume in the September/October region, like most flagship Windows phones.
How can I buy one?
HP has said they do not intend to sell directly to consumers, but to small and larger businesses. The phones will not be sold by carriers, but will be certified by them. Microsoft may sell it to consumers directly.
Does the HP Elite X3 really have a fingerprint reader? Where will it do?
The fingerprint reader will go round the back below the camera.
Is the HP Elite X3 water proof?
Yes, it is, and can be submerged for up to 30 minutes. It is also dust proof and can withstand a 4 foot drop.
Does the Desktop Dock come bundled with the HP Elite X3?
Yes it does.
Can the HP Elite X3 run x86 apps?
No, but it can access them via a remote desktop solution via HP’s Workspace app. This is a subscription service with a monthly payment, and will likely need IT support to manage, so not for consumers.
Can you connect via USB-C to the Mobile Extender laptop dock?
Yes, you can connect both via WIFI or USB-C, and we assume the phone will then be charged from the large all-day battery in the laptop dock.
Does the HP Elite X3 support Quick Charge?
Yes, it supports Quick Charge 3, Qi and PMA wireless charging.
What bands does it support? Will it come to Verizon?
There will be a US-version and an international version with 15 band support in Europe. Verizon has not yet agreed to support the device, but they may in the future.
Do our readers have any more questions? Let us know below and we will see if we can answer them.