HP reveals $699 starting price for the Elite x3 with Windows 10 Mobile

It looks like HP is inching closer to the release of the Elite x3 powerhouse phone. While third-party retailers in Europe have been listing pre-order prices all over the place, we haven't seen much from HP directly.

That all changed today when HP revealed a $699 price tag for Elite x3 via email. That is for just the phone, and it should be available later this month.

A bundle, with the HP Elite x3, premium headset and HP Elite x3 Desk Dock is expected to start at $799 USD. The x3 solution bundles are planned to begin shipping on August 29

A third complete bundle will include the HP Elite x3, HP Elite x3 Desk Dock, and HP Elite x3 Lap Dock will be available at a later date

Also, there are a few new accessories listed including Auto Adapter ($19), USB-C to HDMI Adapter ($19), and HP USB-C to RJ45/USB 3/USB-C Adapter ($55). Although pricing is not listed, there is also a new HP Elite x3 Wireless Charger and plenty of other separate USB-C adapters e.g. to Giga Lan, to VGA, to USB-A, etc.

HP Elite x3 Packages (US)

  • Elite x3: $699, late July
  • Elite x3, premium headset and HP Elite x3 Desk Dock: $799 for August 29
  • Elite x3, HP Elite x3 Desk Dock, and HP Elite x3 Lap Dock: price/date TBD

HP Elite x3 Packages (Europe, the Middle East and Africa)

  • Elite x3: 699 EUR (dates TBD)
  • Elite x3, premium headset and HP Elite x3 Desk Dock: 729 EUR (dates TBD)
  • Elite x3, HP Elite x3 Desk Dock, and HP Elite x3 Lap Dock: 1199 EUR (dates TBD)

Interestingly, any mention of the second color choice (gold/gold) is now removed from the HP documents. It is unclear if that offering is canceled, a mistake, or coming later.

Finally, we can confirm that the Elite x3 will launch in 47 countries later this summer with the full list posted in our additional article.

To put that $699 price in perspective it is about $50 more than what the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL launched for back in late 2015. Considering the ramp up in specs and cutting edge technology in the Elite x3, including 64GB of internal memory and 4GB of RAM, it is priced competitively. For instance, a 64GB iPhone 6s Plus unlocked is $150 more at $849 making the Elite x3 a bargain by comparison.

HP Elite x3 specifications

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CategoryFeatures
Product ColorHP Graphite
Operating SystemWindows 10 Mobile
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2.15 GHz, 4cores)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8996
Memory4GB LPDDR4 SDRAM (onboard) Dual channel x32 PoP 32Gbit
Internal Storage64GB eMMC 5.1
Display5.96" diagonal WQHD (2560x1440)
AMOLED multi-touch display
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Anti-reflective coating
Available GraphicsQualcomm Adreno 530 GPU
Audio2 Stereo speakers (one with earpiece)
3 integrated omni-directional microphones with HP Noise Cancellation Software
1 external microphone (from headset jack)
Snapdragon Audio+ support
Audio by B&O PLAY
Wireless Technologies802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2)
WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE combo (Miracast supported)
NFC
WWAN:2G/3G/4G,LTE-A with carrier aggregation 4,5,6,13
Expansion Slots1 microSD (Expandable up to 2TB)
Ports and ConnectorsOne 3.5mm 3 and 4 pole headphone jack
1 USB 3.0 Type-C connector
Dual nanoSIM or nanoSIM + microSD card via 3-in-2 card tray
Pogo pins
Camera16MP f/2.0 FHD rear-facing camera
8MP FHD front facing camera and Iris camera
Security ManagementElite x3 device has dual biometrics with Iris recognition and Fingerprint reader
FIPS 140-2 cryptography
Qualcomm processor includes Secure Boot
128-bitkey Unified Image Encryption
256-bitkey Full Disk Encryption
Anti roll back
fTPM2.0security; Windows 10 includes 128 key Bitlocker encryption
Enterprise grade VPN
Dimensions3.29 x 0.31 x 6.36 in
83.5 x7.8 x 161.8 mm
WeightStarting at 0.43lb
Starting at 195g
Power10W 5V/2 Aadapter
Non-removable 3.85V battery pack
4150 mAh Li-ion polymer
Wireless ChargingQi and PMA
SensorsAmbient light sensor + proximity combo
Accelerometer+gyro
eCompass
Pressure
Hall effect
NFC
GPS

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Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

256 Comments
  • Uno mi gusto.
  • very nice price, its time to throw away my 950XL
  • Good to hear the 950XL is so bad that its ready to be "thrown away" after 8 months.
  • Keep dreaming
  • I'm not the one throwing away my 950XL.
  • yes. I am on the verge of switching to Android, pretty upsetting to even me considering I have been sticking to Nokia-MS since N73
  • I'll take it off your hands
  • One mans trash is another mans treasure. I'll gladly take your 950XL trash.
  • I, too, am waiting for the next best thing after the L950. With 3G of ram, it is certainly quick when it works, but there's a lot of variables at play: An OS not fully baked yet, carrier firmware delays, and then the hardware. So it's a gamble whether I'd be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
  • Yo también.
  • If you are thinking "this is too much!" - this phone is not aimed at consumers, it is aimed at volume shipments to enterprises and the headline price is to make the discounts on volume appear better. 
  • this phone is not aimed at consumers
    Obviously, its running Windows 10 Mobile.
  • lol...really...lol
  • Good one! Made me smile :-) Plus for this price they can use it themselves... And I bet that if you wait like half a year it will twice as cheap...
  • This phone won't be discounted like other phones are. I wouldn't be surprised if this phone remained at this price until the day it's no longer sold. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • HP will liquidate its (large) unsold inventory at some point.
  • I'm the burn nurse here to treat WinMo fanboys. Posted from my Note5
  • I will go with spazz teenager spending the summer in grandma's basement.
  • You are nominated for Comment of the Era.
  • I read people making this argument about "aimed enterprise" constantly with Microsoft and their hardware... Seriously, what enterprise is going to roll this beta software out...
  • I read people making this argument about beta software who could not point out which part of the software they consider beta in the W10M anniversary version if asked. Oh wait, I see one right here!
  • The Store is a complete mess, I wouldn't even call it a beta. In the last few weeks a lot of the issues with the OS have been fixed, as would be expected when getting closer to a release. 
  • Seriously, first read up on what's going on inside MS with regards to Windows 10, before making these claims
  • what's going on inside MS is nothing is. They've gone back to making software for phones probably like they have always done.. They've got OEMs coming Acer, Alcatel, HP, Panasonic.. what's new.. Microsoft never made good hardware except the surface and probably the xbox.. what's new and surprising?
  • This is exactly what I mean...
  • In an age of BYOD. I guess they didn't get the memo.
  • BYOD is not very popular with companies and is in response to their not being an ideal solution to the problem...yet. Talk to IT about supporting everyone's choice of phone and the costs to support them. It's not trivial. BYOD was to appease employees, not employers. Let's make that clear. If companies had a choice of one device they would opt for that as it is easier to maintain and cheaper. The question is, does the Elite x3 finally fill that niche? HP didn't make this device on a hunch. They made it as a reaction to speaking with their customers (companies) and what they ideally would want to have.
  • That's part of it, but just as big a part was that BYOD became popular because it was seen, from CFO offices as a cost cutting measure.  Company bean counters figured it'd be a good line item to scratch out, and save costs ("I have an idea Mr. CEO, Sir, let's use the employees *own* phones----to call them about work stuff!"  "Brilliant, Johnson!  Here's your Two Hundred Thousand Dollar bonus and your preffered stock, now let's get cracking on those brain-zombification devices!")    thus bumping the share price.
  • It was more about people wanting to use an iPhone, especially executives and once they opened up email and other services to other devices, the employees' phones could do everything the company provided phones (usually blackberrys) could. The only downside was security but you put that up against convinience and most of the time people choose convinience.  Many companies still paid for the cell service, they would reimburse or give a credit, some offer plans through them that are discounted. The cost difference was the one time device purchase, not nothing but supporting multiple devices and the resulting compatability and security issues are probably not worth those savings
  • Until they had to deal with the insecurity of lagdroid.
  • Daniel, I'm an IT director and can confirm without a doubt that BOYD stalled in the enterprise just like 3-D TVs.
  • @Daniel Rubino; I agree. Also I believe the way Microsoft has designed the software is perfect for the enterprise and also may persuade some companies upgrade to 10 sooner.   
  • I agree about BYOD, our IT section will not even consider it. However they would die at the thought of paying out this much for a mobile phone. For that price we could get a L550, which is what we chose to go with, and a laptop for those who really need to be productive on the go. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Companies need one high end model for managers/directors, and a cheap one for the rest. This HP obviously only fits half of that. They need to buy the cheap one from some other vendor, since I'm not sure much longer the 650/550 will be around. Truth is Blackberry didn't do well at the end selling to enterprise only when they didn't appeal to consumer. Not sure what is different this time with W10.
  • Daniel, I have to wholeheartedly disagree that BYOD is not very popular with companies. I work at one of top 3 U.S. banks and we completely did away with company-provided mobile devices and went full BYOD with a layer of enterprise-grade solution of office apps, intranet and email/IM suite, all installed on employee's personal smartphones. Reasons: lower up front costs, better employee satisfaction, increased productivity due to nearly everyone being able to become mobile and not tied to a work station.
    I could see how middle market companies or small businessess would prefer to be more controlling and provide their own devices to employees, but in really large scale enterprise with hundreds of thousands of employees, BYOD is cheaper in the long run and and fast to deploy apps for it. EDIT: If you look at cost, you need to look at it from the overall perspective of cost of running business, not just cost of running devices. I see all around me how colleagues demand to use BYOD without having to manage (and charge) multiple devices. Large companies like mine started bleeding talent to smaller startups, because the tightly managed obsolete hardware programs with no BYOD option were a real turnoff for many people. The constant complaint I heard from colleagues was: they wanted to have the same experience at work as they had at home and did not want to have pockets full of devices with accompanying chargers to lug around as well. So, in the grand scheme of things, you need to add the hiring and training cost of replacing employees who had left (at all levels of the chain) to seek better experience somewhere else, and that makes a cost of a mobile device completely pale in comparison. Completely pale. BYOD made a major dent in employee satisfaction (which was tanking) in terms of how people felt about technology at work place at my employer and it switched it around. Interestingly enough, this applies specifically to mobile and not laptops. If I'd ask my colleagues who would be willing to bring their own laptop to work, instead of having one provisioned, 9 times out of 10, the answer would be " heck no". Yet in mobile, they all want to have their iPhones and Galaxies and nothing else. There is a certain psychological bond between people and their smartphones, unlike with laptops, I guess.... Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of X3 and Continuum and since we are going mostly virtual, if it can run full Citrix via continuum,  I can totally see this taking off with large enterprise. All I'm saying is that it will be hard to convince people to have more than 1 mobile device (not everyone prefers to carry multiple devices as you do), so the only option I see is that W10M becomes the primary device people own (for personal and work use). The question is, if W10M ready to fight this battle against iOS and Android and get mass consumer acceptance?
    I dont' work at MSFT, so I don't know what specific segment of the enterprise they are targeting and I hope it works out for them, but the BYOD trends in enterprise are undeniable, they are here, they are strong and they are a hindrance to MSFT at this point... 
  • BYOD is popular I suppose in smaller companies, in larger ones, you are starting to see them reversing that decision.  Now granted alot will continue, but it is not the revolution that everyone hoped for.
  • Yes, BYOD stopped at the company I work at as well. It's company provided only now. But unfortunately they only offer iPhones
  • Exactly! I work for a small company and when we finally got rid of the BES and the old Blackberry overhead and adopted BOYD we saw the light! I very much doubt we'd ever go back to company owned/managed devices
  • Large enterprise as well. My employer (200k+ people) went BYOD. We use a third party enterprise suite of apps (email, calendar, IM, intranet, fileshare) in combination with home built web apps. We are not reversing, we are expanding it.
    As long as you have a very strong security layer and sandbox the enterprise layer from your personal part of the device, there is no problem with having this hybrid solution. It's secure and convenient.
    Sadly for me, my employer doens't support W10M as BYOD because MSFT has not released APIs, which our enterprise suite uses, so the vendor has not yet built their apps for W10M. :-( 
  • Right on.  Everyone needs to stop being fanboys and realize how bad it is right now.  There is promise, but we've been promised to much.  Project Islandwood has given us how many apps? Key apps aren't there.  Virtualization may not work well for all enterprises.   I really really want windows mobile to succeed, but I can't be a cheerleader anymore.  Every day I touch my 950xl I regret staying. I feel bad I forced my wife into this ecosystem. I don't need tons of apps, but when I'm looking to buy a car and they offer some features that can only be used via smartphone app and obviously windows mobile isn't listed i get ready to jump.  
  • When apps like Spotify, Pandora, twitter, Facebook, word, Photoshop, audible, vlc, Engadget, Dailymotion, etc are in the app store, I don't get how you can make such a baseless claim.
  • Seriously? Just because it has your apps you use doesn't make my claim baseless. I'm looking at a Jaguar as well as a few other brands and their control apps don't exist.  Like I said, i don't need many apps, but there are edge case apps that are deal breakers. If the Ring video doorbell didn't have an app, it would have forced me to either not buy the product or switch phones.   There are other gadgets I have to not consider due to a missing app. And windows 10 mobile is just bad compared to the speed and staiblity of wp 8/8.1 I can say there are missing features as well. I have 6 windows mobile devices on my plan.  3 950xl and 3 950s.  I've been "all in" with the MS ecosystem but it has failed me and my family over and over.  
  • I have a 950Xl using it as my daily driver and one thing I dsagree with is yoru comment on speed and stability. I find it as stable as and faster than any of my phones that ran on WP8.1. 
  • The problem you will find is that when you go back to Android or Apple they WILL have the apps you want. However, you might find out that you simply can't stand the OS and looking for those apps like lost puppys. That is what happened to me. I simply HATE androd and iPhone can suck it with iTunes. So even though Windows does not have the niche apps, I can live with that. They do have my must have apps as I expect they do for most people.
  • I completely identify with your feelings (including the wife comment...). Sometimes, I question my own judgment, as to why I'm still staying with W10M and not jumping over to either of the other two. Then, I do a reality check and snap out of it.
    1/ Google, is not an option for me. Long story short, having worked for years in information privacy area, I do not trust them to possess my information and avoid them everywhere I can. Others may disagree with my stance, but this is my stance and will remain that way. Read their fineprint within the privacy user agreement, then judge.
    2/ Apple is my brand of choice for everything, but mobile. The idea of paying $1.2k every two years for 2 iPhones is hard to swallow for me. I simply look behind and ask myself: the things I'm missing on W10M, are they essential necessities, or merely "nice to haves", which I can simply find a workaround for or decide to withhold from myself? I have yet to find a feature/app, which would outweigh the increased cost for my wife and I, if we were to switch from Lumias to iOS, since we already have Macs and iPads. Yes, my banking app is not on the store, but their web experience is decent enough, yes my work email has to be on my iPad, because it doesn't support W10M, yes there are apps I like to use and are not found on W10M store, but that's what my iPad is for, yes the car I want to buy supports only Android and iOS, but then I ask myself, do I really care for having the full dash?? What I really care for is to have a decent GPS when I really need, have a phone, which can help me manage my day, a camera and service, which can help me take and view priceless pictures of my family. Those are the things, which really matter to me, the rest are just conveniences I wish I had, but don't desperately need. I envy you your 950 and its stunning camera, by the way...
  • You should get with the times. Nobody really thinks Windows 10 mobile is beta anymore. This isn't January.
  • correct, it's in gamma now
  • Its pre-alpha.
  • I'm a WP fan boy and I use to make predictions about WP adoption. However, I can honestly say that I have NO clue on how this product is going to sell. Naturally I was always guessing with my predictions but felt my guesses were based on something I could put my fingers on. If this phone were targeted at consumers, I'd guess that it would fail in terms of sales volume. If it is indeed targeted at the enterprise, I have no basis for a guess, I just have to wait and see. As a consumer, my comfort level is to purchase a Microsoft/surface product line - let's just say that I feel much safer that way.
  • This device is meant for large international corporations that also buy HP laptops and desktops. When those corps finally update from Win7 to Win10, HP will help them with all hardware from single supplier.
  • Definition of beta, anything lagdroid.
  • i expected much higher price 699 is okey for me
  • If it's aimed at business/enterprise and not consumers, why include a 16MP camera? This thing definitely has consumer-use aspirations, and at the current price I'm afraid it's a fail. Unless, of course, they define success as sales numbers in the dozens.
  • Why gimp it to save $50/unit, if that? It's a visual/graphical world, and lots of businesses utilize photo/video internally and externally. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Looking at the rest of the specs, the camera might be the only thing that they may have skimped on.  The Acer Jade Primo and and L950/XL has 20MP.
  • I heard the camera on this phone sucks in comparison to the 950XL. There's an article on here or mspoweruser if you look for it. I think the 950XL would be a better option, especially as the price may come down once the HP phone is released.
  • Do business users not take photos, make video calls, scan documents, receipts?
  • I mean comparatively speaking...this is a good price...
  • Now compare it One Plus 3. Still, if they can convince enterprices of their features, I guess it's a good price.
  • No one was thinking that when its $50 more than our current choice. I'm not sure why so many people have to repeat "not aimed at consumers". It will be available to consumers. The needs (outside of some of the security) are the same. The pricing is comparable to what is out there and cheaper than the "consumer aimed" iPhone. Really, there is no need to apologize on behalf of HP for the price.
  • Still too much
  • Can't play if you don't want to pay.
  • Perhaps you should aspire to something more than a minimum wage job. Or consider a second job.
  • Waiting for India Launch. Hope they price cleverly.
  • No. They will price hefty.
  • As a company you can count on getting 40-50% discount on HP devices, depending on your volume. 400€ for management devices and 110€ devices (640XL etc)for let's say other staff isn't too shabby at all. Certainly if you compare it with the iPhone. On top of that you get better device management/HP worldwide support and Office/SharePoint and more will work better than on any other device.
  • So 699$ with headset and dock it's very nice.
    P.S.
    Where can I find the stylus ?
  • $699 is for the device only, no dock.
  • Sry my mistake.
  • That's actually not bad. I paid the same prices for the Priv and the S7 Edge. This price point is competitive. Looking forward to this device! I can see a deal with corporate accounts with AT&T customers, which I would fully welcome. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hey aitt, just wanted to say thanks for being open minded when it comes to other peoples choice in phone/OS. I see the "...central app for android" in your comments (Im assuming you have an Android device) and you have always been positive on news on the WPhone side.. Wish other people were more like you... thanks!
  • No worries and thanks. People can't grasp that this is an open market and people can buy and use what they like. Window has always been my choice of OS but Android is my use because of apps and services I use. I have no qualms. Too bad people act like they gang members. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I also appreciate people that live on both sides of the fence btw. I had the S6 edge and iPhone 6S but still use my Lumia Icon as I find 10 exciting and fun to use. I noticed iOS has its dark theme for messaging now. Is turning into Windows 10 LOL.
  • Well I was laughing because there's some Kickstart with a company trying to create continuum for Android called... andromium Yeah real original. MS is doing something right. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Thanks guys. Like to see open minded folks like you who make this forum feel like a warm community. I think the comment section is meant to share information and facts instead of cursing and being disrespectful. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • WWAN:2G/3G/4G,LTE-A with carrier aggregation 4,5,6,13
    Does that refer to the CA-compatible LTE bands, or all the LTE bands that the phone supports in general? If it's the latter, then that particular model isn't the most US-friendly. The price is slightly shocking. High-end specs aside, no phone running Windows 10 Mobile is in a position to be priced that high. A platform this weak (meant in a positive way) simply needs to be priced lower if it ever wants to gain any sort of traction.
  • You can't sell below the cost of the hardware just because "it's not in a position". Everyone here wants it both ways: Make a high-end phone, but make it super cheap too.
  • We don't know the full cost -- we can only speculate. My speculation is that it does not cost anywhere near $699.
  • And my speculation is the latest Iphone and Galaxy S7's do not cost anywhere near their respective prices off contract.
  • It's costs apple $19 to upgrade your storage from 16 to 64 but they charge you $100.
  • Really? You mean the $699 price is higher than what it costs to make it?! ​I am just completely dumbfounded!
  • It's almost like they want to make a profit!
  • Sigh... This is being taken out of context as expected.
  • @Bs It's not that it's being taken out of context.  I think most are smart enough to get your point.  But on the other hand, there's no way HP should sell their product at cost or below cost.  Either buy it or don't.  And because it's being sold to businesses they (businesses) may get a discount based on the volume that's purchased.  But to your point.  I would not buy a Kia for $60K no matter what features is included.  I'd rather purchase a Jag, BMW, or some other high end vehicle.  Why because I just don't see a "KIA" in that high end class.  And I suppose you don't see a Windows Phone in a class worthy of $700 range.  And that's ok too.
  • But on the other hand, there's no way HP should sell their product at cost or below cost.
    Correct, nor did I imply such a thing.
    And I suppose you don't see a Windows Phone in a class worthy of $700 range.
    Right. Until the platform is able to catch up to the others, regardless of if it's tailored toward consumers or enterprise, a price tag like this doesn't seem reasonable.
  • Not really, you didn't provide much context to begin with. I did get your point, but you didn't really make a good point or at least not that well phrased. If you don't see it as a luxury brand then don't buy it. The thing is HP thinks that they are and they have every right to price it how they see fit. Quite obviously $699 is priced way above what it costs them to make. Still doesn't mean that HP should bring the price down. Now if it doesn't sell that well (which it may not) then that price may fluctuate. But it's also not really priced in the luxury realm for what you are getting. iPhone is still more expensive. And then there's those of us who do not understand why the iPhone is considered luxury when you're paying out the wazoo for old hardware. Either way, this device is not for you so don't buy it. Buy what you want to buy.
  • If you don't see it as a luxury brand then don't buy it.
    Brand has nothing to do with my point.
  • Now who's taking things out of context? My point is don't buy it because it's not a product for you. Do not buy it. You will not be happy with it so don't buy it. Only buy what is right for you. I repeat do NOT buy this phone.  
  • Now who's taking things out of context?
    I've been on-topic of my original point in every reply. Others? Not so much.
  • .... your posts are confusing. I understood your point, I thought it was a weak point and thusly posted my original response. And then thought maybe I should clarify my original and make my own point. You failed to grasp my point to you. And pulled one sentence out of each of my explanation posts to argue with. That's pulling things out of context. For instance you had an issue with "If you don't see it as a luxury brand then don't buy it" because I had the word brand in there, but you completely skipped over "But it's also not really priced in the luxury realm for what you are getting​". That's taking things out of context. Now I asked "now who's taking things out of context?" which you again only pulled that and missed my entire other point which was in direct response to your original post of it being priced too high. My point to you (and please read this) do not buy this phone, it is not for you, you will not like it, please buy what you feel to be a worthwhile purchase. Maybe one that is priced closer to cost would be best for you.
  • but you completely skipped over "But it's also not really priced in the luxury realm for what you are getting​".
    I said that because, IMO, $700 is luxury territory for smartphones. You went on to mention: