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Almost half a year after its unveiling, the HP Elite X3 finally sees the light of day.


It’s not uncommon for a device to be unveiled, be completely forgotten, and then resurface. That’s the case with the HP Elite X3. The cover was pulled off this device back during MWC this year, and now, neck deep in the summer, it’s finally becoming available to be preordered.

To refresh you on what this device it, it’s the literal definition of the term “Power house.” Bringing the lastes specs has definitely lost its luster in the year 2016, with the latest offerings from ZTE and Oneplus doing so in inexpensive packages, but the Elite X3 goes above and beyond. Starting with the processing package, it’s a tune we’ve heard a millions times this year: the quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC accompanied by the Adreno 530 GPU with 4 Gb’s of RAM on board. It has a single front firing speaker, which isn’t mind boggling, but better than none. It has a 6 inch AMOLED display at QHD resolution (1440 x 2560). So yeah, pretty standard so far, but it starts to stray from the norm when you consider that it’s IP 67 water and dust resistant. It has an 810 G millspec rating (meaning it can take a fall or two). It has USB type C with fast and wireless charging. You’ll need it to charge it’s beefy 4100 mAh battery. It’ll be stepping on Samsung’s toes by offering an iris scanner, and it’ll also sport a fingerprint scanner, of course. This phone is, by no means, a device for your average user. It’s targeted at more business oriented markets. You’re more likely to see your accountant with this phone than seeing your hair dresser. What also makes this a business phone is the fact that it comes at a hefty pre-order price of $799.
Regardless of the X3’s power, it may be a hard sell. HP is trying to appeal to a pretty limited corner of the market, and at a price that steep, most people are most likely going to say nay to this device. It’s added features make this a tasty dish for those who are spec hungry, but they do little to impress those business savvy folk who are content with their iPhones or Galaxy Notes. Plus, there’s Windows Mobile to deal with, which is a no win situation for all involved. All in all, the Elite X3 may be one of the far too many good devices that go under due to a limited market. Hopefully its raw horsepower and excellent overall specs are enough to help it stand out over the Note 7, and the upcoming iPhone 7 and LG V20. Here’s hoping!

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