What the HP Elite X3 Windows 10 Handset Brings to Enterprise Buyers

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-07-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What the HP Elite X3 Windows 10 Handset Brings to Enterprise Buyers

    The HP Elite x3, a Windows 10-based smartphone with a high-end processor and large display, is designed to keep users working in a PC-like fashion.
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    Windows' Tiny Mobile Market Share Might Not Be an Issue
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    Windows' Tiny Mobile Market Share Might Not Be an Issue

    Windows 10 doesn't have the kind of market share Apple's iOS or Google's Android has, but Microsoft isn't worried. The company believes that Windows 10 is a superior operating system, since it makes it easy to share content and data files across different device types. In addition, it comes with outstanding app support, and Cortana, its built-in virtual personal assistant, is better than anything offered by the competition. As a result, Windows 10 might not be a negative issue for the HP Elite x3, which is being marketed to enterprise users.
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    There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor Inside
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    There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor Inside

    To appeal to the enterprise, a device needs to be able to handle resource-intensive tasks. The HP Elite x3 can do that. The smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is one of the more powerful chips on the market. Users should have no trouble working on any number of apps on the relatively compact Windows 10 Mobile OS,
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    One Big Screen
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    One Big Screen

    The HP Elite x3 comes with a 6-inch multi-touch display, which the company says, is "scratch-resistant," thanks to Corning's Gorilla Glass. In addition, the screen is both water- and dust-resistant and has been designed to pass rigorous military-grade longevity testing.
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    The Cameras Are Built for Business
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    The Cameras Are Built for Business

    The rear-facing camera in the HP Elite x3 comes in at 16 megapixels and is capable of taking full, high-resolution photos to capture PDFs or to record any work-related scene. In addition, the front-facing camera has a whopping 8 megapixels that HP says, was designed for video conferencing.
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    Windows Continuum Could Be a Crucial Feature
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    Windows Continuum Could Be a Crucial Feature

    The combination of support for Windows Continuum as well as docks sold separately to connect the Elite x3 with external accessories could be a major selling point for companies. With Windows Continuum, users will be able to work on the smartphone and then transition to a PC-like experience when they're back in the office where the mouse and keyboard are waiting. That's something Android and iOS alternatives just don't offer—and companies know it.
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    Dual SIMs Enable Business, Personal Data Profiles
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    Dual SIMs Enable Business, Personal Data Profiles

    Dual SIM support could be another way for HP and Windows 10 Mobile to find their way into the enterprise. Thanks to the two SIM cards, users can talk and text with separate work and personal profiles. One SIM could handle all work-related communication while another would be used for personal use. It's a nice security firewall that will keep work contacts and other information away from personal data.
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    Audio Helps With Conferencing
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    Audio Helps With Conferencing

    HP was quick to note that its smartphone comes with front-facing audio speakers to improve sound quality on conference calls. In addition, the device comes with noise-canceling omni-directional microphones that it says make it a "go-to" conferencing tool. If the sound quality on both ends of the conversation is as good as promised, it might be right.
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    Security Features Built Into Hardware
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    Security Features Built Into Hardware

    HP has been surprisingly coy about the hardware security features it's bundled with the Elite x3. However, the company said that the device has built-in, hardware-based security features that "lock down access to your device and data." HP also noted that Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows yet—something corporate customers like to hear.
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    Wireless Charging Comes to Windows 10
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    Wireless Charging Comes to Windows 10

    The HP Elite x3 is designed for wireless charging. So, unlike some of the other top smartphones on the market (we're looking at you, iPhone 6s), it won't need to be tethered to a wall outlet to be charged. For busy professionals just trying to get through the day on a non-removable battery, that's a nice feature.
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    Pricing and Availability
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    Pricing and Availability

    As noted, the HP Elite x3 will launch on Aug. 29. While the smartphone itself will cost $699 unlocked, customers hoping to get the Elite x3 and HP's Desk Dock, which allows it to take advantage of Windows Continuum, will need to spend $799. This is essentially a high-end device with high-end prices.
 

Windows' market share might be barely visible in the mobile space, but Microsoft believes that with the right device lineup and proper marketing strategy, it could make a comeback. One of the devices Microsoft hopes will lead that charge is the HP Elite x3, a Windows 10-based smartphone that comes with a high-end processor, large display and the ability to keep users working in a PC-like fashion via Windows Continuum. Best of all, the smartphone comes with an impressive design with features and software focused on the enterprise, a core market segment for Microsoft and HP as they look to appeal to corporate customers in the mobile, desktop and cloud arenas. While the Elite x3 was announced earlier this year in conjunction with Mobile World Congress, HP didn't share final technical details until July 18, when it said the handset would go on sale on Aug. 29.  Microsoft and HP are hoping enterprise users—not necessarily consumers—flock to it. Read on to learn more about the HP Elite x3 and whether corporate buyers should keep it in mind when it's time to buy new smartphones for employees.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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