If you’re a Windows 10 fan, you should definitely check out the HP Elite x3, which, after being sold online via different channels, will finally be available in Microsoft’s physical stores, starting with next week.
Initially released last month, the handset sold out online within a couple of weeks and it’s currently out of stock on HP.com, with Microsoft delaying the sale a couple of times until October 6th. However, if you’re OK with spending $799 on it, unlocked and off-contract, you just need to wait for a few more days!
The confirmation of the HP Elite x3 being available in brick and mortar stores comes from Microsoft’s VP of OEM Worldwide Marketing, Peter Han, who confirmed that more than 100 stores will have the smartphone in stock starting next week.
In terms of specs, the HP Elite x3 features a 5.96″ WQHD display, with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and covered by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, with two Kryo cores running at 2.15 GHz, as well as two more Kryo cores, but clocked at just 1.6 GHz, for less demanding tasks, alongside 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The latter can be expanded with up to 2TB (yes, TB, not GB), thanks to the presence of a microSD card slot.
On the back it has a 16 MP camera, while the spec sheet is completed by a USB Type-C port, Cat.6 LTE, with 2×2 AC Wi-Fi support, dual nano-SIM ports, and, finally, a standard 3.5 mm jack, something that manufacturers could start ignoring in the near future.
Another feature that you don’t see that often – actually, it won’t be present on any other device, as the Galaxy Note 7 isn’t selling anymore – and the HP Elite x3 has it, is the iris scanner.
The phone is Bang & Olufsen certified, featuring active noise cancellation technology, with a dedicated microphone.