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Hands-on with the HP Elite x3 Lap Dock

Windows Phone fans are about to get the most exciting device this year. The HP Elite x3 features a 5.96-inch diagonal WQHD (2560x1440) AMOLED display, 64GB of internal memory, 4GB of RAM, dual-biometrics (iris and fingerprint scanners), a massive 4,150mAh battery, Qi wireless charging, IP67-rated for durability, and more. It can also be connected to a laptop dock called the HP Elite x3 Lap Dock to boost productivity. Watch our hands-on video to see it in action.

The HP Elite x3 Lap Dock can be connected with the HP Elite x3 wirelessly with Miracast over 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi, or with an included USB-C cable, which simultaneously charge the phone while you work. The phone handles all the processing via Windows Continuum.

HP Elite x3 Lap Dock specifications

CategoryFeatures
DisplayNearly borderless 12.5-inch LED FHD (1920x1080)
AudioBang & Olufsen stereo speakers
Ports & Connectors3 x USB Type C
Micro HDMI
Stereo headphone jack
InputBacklit, spill-resistant keyboard
Touchpad
Dimensions111.37 x 7.91 x 0.54 in.
Weight2.3 lb
Battery4-cell (46.5 WHr)

The HP Elite x3 Lap Dock is sold separately, but HP recommends buying the bundle including the HP Elite x3 phone, HP Elite x3 Desk Dock, and HP Elite x3 Lap Dock for $1299. The HP Elite x3 is expected to be available on HP.com beginning September 5th for US orders, but starting on August 22 for UK and other parts of Europe.

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Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

117 Comments
  • Can I use it with L950XL ?
  • yes
  • I think you should wait for the surface phone
  • But what if we already have the L950 XL, like Gourav and myself?
  • Why wait for what is at this point vaporware
  • Yes, with any Continuum capable phone actually.
  • I would think so.
  • Currently, only interested in the phone.
  • I don't buy yet "the real PC experience", until there is a real win32 app support from phone.
  • I don't know about your PC usage, but for me universal apps have pretty much replaced win32 apps or I can do my stuff in the browser.
  • Nope. Apps have not replaced much anything for me on a PC. Netflix and some simple games are about it.
  • I'm hoping/waiting for them to turn Office 365 fully into UWP
  • Therefore it must be true for everyone else.
  • It all deppends on what you use your pc for. I have a Lumia 950xl with dock and have no need for a pc. I can edit my web site. Check emails and carry our my day to day tasks on it. Yes it wont do high end stuff but for normal document editing, email web it is very good at. As for the laptop dock if its more then £300 in the UK I am not going to get one as that is way to much for what you get but it looks far better than the NexDock.
  • It looks better, has more ports, and a "nice set of speakers." (Sadly, didn't get to hear them in the video, hopefully we get to when Windows Central gets theirs in!)
  • What are you doing? I guess that is the real question. For me, it is photo processing, but if I could get a personal HP Workspce for Capture NX2 and IR Fanview, I could ditch a computer.
  • Neither in my usage. Most of the things that are accessible through apps I can access through a single browser. I see absolutely no point in having to open a dozen apps when I can instead open one browser and access everything.   Games are really the only apps on my PC.
  • How's Edge mobile in Continuum? That's part of my concern. Edge for PC is pretty good at this point, Edge on mobile not even close.
  • It's good until you start opening multiple tabs, then it can get sluggish. The hope is the SD820, AU, and 4GB of RAM help in that regard, but I think there is more work to be done there by MS.
  • I guess it has to do with software efficiency, especially Edge which the memory management and other things seems not well optimized. Even on PC, Edge sometimes eats bit more RAM than Opera, or sometimes just bit more e or tends to hang on some tabs. All Mobile Nations website for example doesn't always play well with Edge. Metro IE were not perfect but if I remember correctly, it was rather fine with SD800. Windows RT is basically a recompiled Windows 8.X for ARM, so it actually runs full Windows Explorer shell and few desktop apps. It was the best of performance but amazingly works very well on ARM that manage to run essentially a desktop-first OS.
  • Here as well. Not everything, but I'd say, that at least 50 - 60% of my software on my PC is UWP now. Not to mention games :D And my browser usage has been reduced drastically as well, thanks to apps like Awesome Tube, Unstream / ZTwitch, Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, Outlook Mail and Calendar, Windows Central, Deezer, Beaconit, Flipboard, Grover Podcast, MS Translator / Modern Translator, SofaScore etc... Even my password manager is UWP, because I use OneLocker :D But I still couldn't live without the Win32 Office Suite, Photoshop, SAM Broadcaster and stuff like that. So the transition has begun, but it's not complete yet, of course.
  • SAM Broadcaster? Are you a radio presenter by any chance? I've used SAM in the past myself.
  • I'm a big fan of the new platform, but its going to take time. Even MS tools I use like SQL Server Management Studio, Lync/Skype for Business, and such are still w32 - even Office universal apps have significant limits. For now, I can generally remote desktop to a "real PC", but it would be nice for my phone to eventually become the "real PC". 
  • For enterprise workers, they can use Workspace to run the virtualized Win32 apps from servers or Cloud.  X3 is primarily targeting the enterprises.
  • Thats why i say real (not virtual)