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HP Elite X3 the Windows Phone that has everything

 

While MWC is an exciting event for the entire mobile industry for Windows Phone fans it’s never been the most exciting of times until now. HP a company that has been absent from the smartphone market for a while annouced a stunning new Windows Phone called the HP Elite X3. For the external build of the phone to it’s top of the line internals it’s a phone that makes no compromises. Let’s take a look at what makes this one of the most exciting new phones to come to Windows in a long time.gallery_first1_tcm245_2174658_tcm245_2172765_tcm245-2174658

The CPU and RAM

  • The HP Elite X3 is powered by the latest top of the line Qualcomm processor the Snapdragon 820. This is the same processot that is powering the latest Android flagships too.
  • It’s amazing to think that until a couple of years back 4 GB RAM was sufficient for most PCs. Now we have 4Gb in a smartphone. Whether it actually needs that much RAM is debatable but nobody’s complaining.

Looks

  • The Elite X3 looks like a premium device with a nice metal finish at the bottom.
  • It’s has a large 6 inch display which should make it perfect for productivity

Internal Storage and Exapadability

  • While many flagships give you 32 GB of storage as a minimum HP has decided to go with 64 GB as the default.
  • This combined with the option to add external storage cards should give users plenty of storage space.

Continuum Support

  • Like Microsoft’s flasgships the Elite X3 was designed to have full support for Continuum. To this end HP have created their own dock similar to the one by Microsoft.
  • In addition they also plan to release something called a Mobile Extender. Basically it’s a 12.5 inch display with an attached keyboard. It dosen’t have it’s own CPU so it is powered via the main phone itself.

Display and Camera

  • The large 6 inch display has a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560.
  • The Elite has a 16 MP back camera. We can’t really say if it can compete with the Lumia Pureview tech but it should still do plenty well.
  • The Front facing camera is a 8 MP one so it should very well for video calls

Battery

  • Powering such high end internals is a massive 4150 mah battery. HP did an impressive job of fitting all of this into a nice package.

Everything else

  • Dual sim support
  • Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • Its IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
    • Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Iris scanner and fingerprint sensing
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Type-C reversible connector
  • QI and PMA wireless charging

Virtual Apps

This is a unique feature that HP will be offering. While we aren’t very sure how this would actually work. The gist of it is that corporates would be able to access and run their apps virtually through a platform called Hp Workspace. While consumers may never be able to use this it’s an interesting feature nonetheless

Overall

As you can see the HP Elite X3 is a phone that leaves nothing out. It’s the kind of phone Windows fans are already going gaga over. One thing to keep in mind though is that HP is pushing this phone towards corporates so don’t expect to be seeing any consumer advertising for the product. While some might feel that this might hurt it’s sales the truth is that Windows Phones in the consumer space have never really taken off. So HP is probably doing the smart thing by not wasting advertising dollars there at all. That said HP has said that the phone will be available to buy for regular consumers too it might be worth the wait for fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lumia 650 announced

Microsoft has just announced the Lumia 650 a budget $200 phone with specs that you would probably expect from a phone at that price. A few things to note are that it does supports glance, and comes with a wide angle 5MP front-facing camera. While it only comes with 16 GB of inbuilt storage space it can be expanded via external storage cards. It will be available in select European markets starting Feb. 18 onwards.

 

The design of the phone seems a lot nicer than the flagships with a choice of black or white matte finishes with an aluminium frame. The rest of the phone specs are listed below.

2016-02-15 15_45_28-Microsoft Lumia 650 Specifications - Microsoft - GlobalDisplay: 5 inch OLED supporting glance with a resolution of 1280 x 720

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, Quad core, 1300 MHz

Memory: 16 GB expandable upto 200 GB via MicroSD

RAM: 1 GB

Camera: 8 MP Main, 5 MP wide angle front-facing

Battery: 2000 mAh

 

The VAIO Phone Biz

Given how limited the choice of Windows 10 Mobile hardware is these days any announcement of new hardware is met with some enthusiasm. As the state of Windows 10 Mobile hardware currently stands the Lumia 950 and the 950XL are the only 2 phones that can be accorded some kind of flagship status. As far as flagship phones do go they do leave a lot to be desired especially in the looks department. That’s the reason there has been some interest in the recently announced VAIO Phone Biz. It’s a mid-range 5.5 phone with a sleek, silver, metallic body. The metallic finish alone is something a lot of Windows fans were hoping from the Microsoft flagships.

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The specs of the phone are listed below

color Silver
OS Windows 10 Mobile
processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon ™ 617 Okutakoa
1.5 GHz (quad-core) + 1.2 GHz (quad-core)
Memory * 1 Internal (ROM) 16 GB
Internal (RAM) 3 GB
External memory maximum support capacity 64 GB (microSD)
Liquid crystal display device Resolution name Full HD
Screen size 5.5 inch
resolution 1080 x 1920

As you can see these are pretty standard specs for a phone in 2016. For a Windows Phone in 2016 though it’s one of the better looking ones. The only sore points for us was the lack of physical navigation buttons something that is increasingly rare among phone manufacturers these days. So while this is not a surprise in itself, considering how much space is taken up by the that ridiculously large bottom bezel on the phone we can’t help but think how well physical keys would have fit there. It’s a shame though that the phone will probably never make it out of Japan.