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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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)
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
Hall effect

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