Thu, 11/24/2016 - 19:04

The phone that can turn into a laptop and a desktop.

Windows phones are officially dead and for a good reason. Microsoft tried so hard to get developers to start developing apps for the Windows Phone but fell flat on its face trying to do so. At a time where iPhones and Android devices are getting better and better, it is hard to suggest a Windows Phone to anyone but the die-hard Windows fanatic. For a long time, no manufacturer has taken the time to craft a well-built, high-end Windows phone other than Microsoft itself. HP is now in the market with a behemoth of a phone that is made of metal and looks stunning. It can also turn into a laptop or a desktop with just a lock in the dock away.

The HP Elite X3 has a beautiful 6-inch Quad HD display with saturated colors and amazing viewing angles. It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor, coupled with 4 gigs of RAM that has enough power to handle anything you throw at it like a piece of cake. It has 64 gigs of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2 terabytes with the help of an SD card (a nice addition going against the trend of manufacturer’s killing SD card slots on their phones). It has an IRIS scanner that will let you unlock your phone by scanning your eyes and the fingerprint scanner is located at the back, right beneath the camera. It has a 4,150mAh battery and supports wireless charging for that quick top-up whenever you’re at a local Starbucks or any other restaurant that has wireless chargers embedded in their tables. This is as far as you can go with specs on a Windows device.

If you have ever used a Windows phone before, you will know that you don’t need too much power to run the operating system smoothly. Windows Mobile by itself is a lighter operating system, unlike Android. But the reason why HP has crammed up so much RAW power into the device is because it wants it to succeed. The Elite X3 is designed around Continuum, a feature that Microsoft bragged so much about in its keynote. What Continuum basically is, is a Windows 10 feature that allows you to plug-in your Windows smartphone into a dock to be able to connect it to a monitor, keyboard and a mouse to use it as a full-fledged desktop. It has the potential to be that one killer feature that is going to woo iPhone or Android users to give Windows Phones a chance.

Consumers have never been very impressed with Windows phones, so HP is trying to go after the business crowd here. Continuum can come in really handy because the users can have their files with them all the time and start right where they left off at work when they reach home. But there is only one catch to that, Continuum does not run full Windows app, it runs the mobile version of the particular app on a desktop screen.

HP also has plans to release a laptop that will work only when connected to the Elite X3. If everything goes as planned, you are looking at a solid smartphone that will be enough to be used as a desktop for most users. It is priced around $700 in the US which is expensive for a Windows Phone but considering what you get as a whole package, the price can be justified depending on your needs.