HP has been selling the Elite x3 for the past month on its online store at HP.com, but the phone has been out of stock for most of that period. Now it is coming to retail stores, including Microsoft’s own.
The HP Elite x3 is an incredibly high-end phone – it was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona and is HP’s only Windows Mobile device in the past two years.
The phone has a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory and 64 GB of inbuilt storage. Along with that, the screen is a massive 5.96 inch Quad HD display – almost reaching the phablet territory, if not in it already.
Despite the massive screen size and high-end specs, HP is targeting this device towards business users. The phone supports dual-SIM cards and enhanced security features for the enterprise. HP also sells something called a ‘Desk Dock’; the Desk Dock utilizes Windows 10 Mobile’s expansive Continuum feature – the dock has a DisplayPort for external monitor support, allowing you to dock the phone and use it as a PC with the full Windows 10 experience on it.
The Desk Dock also have two USB-A and USB-C ports, and an Ethernet jack – all supported directly by the phone.
With these high-end specifications, come a high-end price: the phone costs $799 – putting it in the same league as the iPhones.
The news comes from the Vice President of OEM Worldwide Marketing at Microsoft, Peter Han. In an interview with PCMag, he says that the HP Elite x3 will be coming to over 100 physical Microsoft Stores in the U.S.
In the UK, Carphone Warehouse has also started selling the phone for a price of £670.
The phone still costs the same $799 off-contract and unlocked, but considering HP – or Microsoft for that matter – failed to maintain a constant supply of the phone online, having it available in retail stores is surely a good thing for those who are looking to buy one.