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HP Elite x3 looks like a stunner in new ad

It's no secret that the new HP Elite x3 is a pretty attractive device, and the latest for the phone from HP only drives that fact home. In the ad, HP touts the handset's PC-grade power and "smartphone capabilities" while zooming in for tight shots of the Elite x3's curves. Check the ad out for yourself below:

The HP Elite x3 is billed as a very business-centric device, and the ad highlights this by focusing heavily on Continuum, which allows the phone to be docked and used like a desktop PC. In addition, HP has equipped the Elite x3 with the ability to run full desktop-grade business apps from the cloud.

If you're interested, the HP Elite x3 is currently available for order at the Microsoft Store in the U.S., Canada and the UK.

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227 Comments
  • Nice!!
  • Indeed. Great slogan of it being the world's first 3-in-1 device.
  • Ah you beat me to the punch :) I agree
  • Have to agree with this. Saw an ad recently and it's indeed a game changer.
  • me likey  
  • Yes! Finally a good ad!!!
  • Why can't Msft advertise like this instead of the cutest hipster soft style they use?
  • Q: Who is selling volume?
    A: Hipster-marketed Apple and Droid devices.
  • (Not that I disagree with you)
  • Missing the Windows 10 ad since January... I loved the way MS had advertised Windows 10... they need to implement such ads like HP and Huawei did recently.
  • B&O logo looks good
  • Wow.. That's an awesome Ad.. Loved the way they phrase it " PC like Performance with smart phone capabilities" ..
  • I like the last moment where the phone is docked and the monitor comes alive with the music crescendo. Brilliant. I doubt we'd se the ad here on TV in Australia though.
  • Same. I doubt if these ads will show up in India too.
    The phone coming here will be news in itself. :D
  • We won't see it in the US either, do you're not alone. The only phones advertised in the US are iPhone and Samsung Galaxies. OEM manufactures also this their name alone will sell the device so they only have internet or YouTube ads, not TV. The only items on TV here are iPhone, Galaxy, and Microsoft Surface Pro's.
  • Where are these ads playing?  It has to be somewhere right?
  • You Tube etc. May not even play there as an actual paid ad, you may need to go to HP's channel. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's how Microsoft has been repositioning mobile for about a year now..
  • Much much better. This is what I mean. This will work in Europe
  • +ve
  • Great ad. Well done. Now they need an ad with it alongside the Surface Pro or Huawei saying it is not a real computer because it only runs apps and doesn't have an Intel processor. At least they made a great ad, even if it isn't consistent with Microsoft's definition of a computer. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It.. Has never claimed to be a PC or a computer? Have you even stooped so low as to make things up just to put down products you will never own?
  • It says right in the ad that it replaces your desktop and is meant for business while Microsoft is arguing that anything without an Intel processor and native desktop programs isn't a real computer and isn't sufficient for getting work done. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yeah, it can replace your desktop. Nowhere does it say it is a PC.
  • And besides. Microsoft doesn't say you need an intel processor to be productive. They say you need to use their ecosystem to be productive.
  • http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/16/12502346/microsoft-surface-ipad-pro-co... Actually, that is exactly what they say in this ad. They even badmouth their own Office apps. If the iPad Pro isn't good for getting work done, then Continuum and the Elite X3 are not either. They both have the exact same limitations. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Actually, continuum far supersedes everything the Ipad can do. On the iPad you are far more limited and saying anything else is basically trolling.
  • Like what? What does Continuum do that iPad doesn't? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • What does continuum do that the iPad doesn't? - how about moving files from one drive to the next?
  • HP has a very impressive virtualization tie-in with Continuum to bring all LOB programs to the x3 user. You don't get it. This is not for you. We'll see if enterprise customers go for it soon enough.
  • There are virtualization apps for iPad. They are certainly not exclusive. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Sigh... They have no support at all for a virtualized and resolution adaptable interface that reflows everything. It adapts to the screen which Ipad has no support at all for. It just blows up the size...   You should at least try once to see why nobody takes your arguments about Ipad seriously around here.
  • Everything. .. the iPad is for watching youtube and playing games. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.. But waiting for the HP Elite so I can get rid of this junkie Galaxy S5...
  • Yes, the iPad is basically for kids to pass time.
  • And les not forget the wives that use it for coupons, 5mile, offer up....
  • My friend at office is using iPad... and it surprised me for having limited app access like WhatsApp isn't available (Android tablets had this...) heck, they even have WhatsApp web access just via a browser! iPad doesn't have this feature until now -- well, 3rd party apps available for WhatsApp Web access, but it's full of ads which tortures user experience, especially for older iPads. Continuum isn't enough? Well, you have 'full-fledged' desktop via x3's Continuum (via virtualized x86 apps). What's more? Edge Mobile has over 90% similarities with desktop (sans printing function or taking web notes -- CMIIW), I don't know if iPad has this too.
  • Yeah, it basically sucks for everything other than media consumption.
  • @bleached, How about being able to access a simple thing as a PENDRIVE !!! How about being able to access files from Cloud and an Ext Hard disk ?!
  • I haven't used an iPad much, but I think they have adapters so you can plug in a USB drive. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Dit you ever work on an office document on a iPad? Did you have to point to a place in a spreadsheet, drag something around, click on a button? Did you like it to lean forward Towards your iPad, to touch the screen? Continuum is way better at this. Jist use a mouse or a trackpad. iPad cant use mouse or trackpad.
  • How about reflowing to 4k, allowing everything to be connected to it without trouble since it has the same driverbase as windows on PC, work wirelessly with any device through miracast. If you have only used iPad I can understand that you don't know how much better the continuum experience is.
  • Continuum is total crap, lack of apps to support it. Businesses use laptops, not this mediocre OS Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Lol, 99% of all businesses use office... Office has continuum support. Go back to android central.
  • Mobile office, which Microsoft themselves bad mouth in their iPad Vs Surface Pro video. It certainly wouldn't be sufficient for my work, even though it is fairly simple. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm noticing some hate from those post from WCA for Android user's
  • You don't know the essential use of Continuum then. Go back to iMore or Android Central then. Continuum is basically the feature for those who really NEEDS portability WITHOUT sacrificing their productivity performance, and even they CAN CARRY their own files in their phones. Go check yourself the HP Elite x3 ad before this ad. Edit: this ad will show you how exactly Continuum will be targeted at...
    https://youtu.be/mYH0PruziIY
  • No, that is not what they said. They said "do you have more power, like an Intel core i7?". They don't claim that only intel core i7 has the power of PC. And definitely nowhere did MS or HP say that phone with continnum is a PC. I get that you don't like the concept, I'm not fully convinced either. But that doesn't make it alright to lie. Just stick to the facts, not your wishful thinking
  • It's what he does. He doesn't know the difference between objective and subjective.
  • He just Trumped it
  • Lol!
  • ...when he saw Elop back then? LOL
  • If your don't like MS products then why come to this site? Also HP is daying this because if you use HP workspace that's included on the phone, you'll be able to use those x86 applications with continuum via the phone. Please think about things in their entirety before posting.
  • And the "Replaces your desktop" in this ad is a question from a journalist. Might this be future of the desktop?
  • You could easily replace a ******-bag. Let's make an ad about that...
  • "while Microsoft is arguing that anything without an Intel processor and native desktop programs isn't a real computer"   Source?
  • It can, due to the fact HP enterprise is virtualising x86/x86 applications for delivery over continuum. Yes, this will be a enterprise business/contact arrangement, but it is proof of concept that others will likely swiftly adopt (and already are for mass deployment (e.g. Office based) environments... The added attraction with this approach is that once a dummy terminal is available businesses only have to have an upgrade program in place for one device rather than both phones and laptops/computers.
  • Have you guys ever though that HP could decide to put so much tech into this device to make it outperform even what MSFT will give as limits to such device? MSFT may be guilty of hoarding so much techs from its devices even when it has such capabilities, but an OEM like HP who aims at setting the pace may decide to pack all that power in this piece.
  • You're comparing two very different products here with two very different marketing campaigns for two very different situations
  • No, iPad Pro is marketed as a laptop replacement for work and so is this. They are actually exactly the same. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • They are actually not exactly the same. Far from it.
  • Exactly. Period. But this bleach guy only comes here to troll :D It isn't worth it to feed him :D
  • This. iPad is targeting Surface and (maybe) Surface Pro and alike, not for smartphone segments. HP, on the other hand, targets desktops and (maybe even) tablets as they claim it's 3-in-1 device.
  • But MS wouldn't compare against the iPad pro because iPad pro has amazing Office software with the best features to make it productive.
  • Actually, you need to update yourself. The Office apps are a lot better on w10.
  • Really hp one full screen at a time. IPad pro split Excel and PowerPoint and drag and drop data between them.
  • Yeah, cast it to a Miracast screen and see how the apps reflow according to the resolution.. Oh right, it cant because iOS is too limited.
  • It is limited because iOS can only natively mirror it to external screen, not actually extend it to act like a real secondary display like what the Continuum does. But I have to give a credit to the iOS on the iPad the very least of having split multitasking that W10M Continuum doesn't even have. That's the big missing thing about the W10M Continuum, it's basically like a lite version of Windows RT without Snap (and at least it can actually run full Explorer shell, only you cant install something on there by default).
  • It's true all 3 apps that support it are great with it.
  • Oh yeah, I forgot about that. With that merit, the iOS on the iPad Pro does handle split multitasking, which is essentially similar to Windows RT. Continuum on W10M doesn't atm. Well its a shortcoming of a Continuum atm unfortunately, which can only run one maximized app at one time, though the Lite Taskbar at least compensate to easily switch between apps. Though iPad have shortcoming to be not able to take advantage of the screen size and resolution of external display. It can only mirror it.
  • Surface Pro, split screen, actually quad screen if needed.
  • Do you mean office mobile? I am pretty sure it exisits on Windows 10 Mobile as well .
    ​Yep there it is...
    ​Excel: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
    PowerPoint: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
    ​Word: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co... It seems like you are full of crap.
  • Yes but it's better on ipad pro.
  • No, it is not.
  • You obviously haven't used it nor have you heard the complaints about how MS apps are better on other platforms.
  • Of course I have used and heard... But the complaints today are based on how the apps worked before they were released for w10.
  • ^someone pass this guy an auxiliary cord!!! DaWheels0nDaBus
  • Go back to the verge!
  • IPad pro is a tablet, running a phone OS 'without' smartphone OR Desktop capabilities! Jeez, some people.... Oh, and the iPad pro still looks the same as the first gen iPad, with the same self destruct policies built in!! Oh, and the 950xl is also in an ad in the UK! Ok its a just eat ad, but its there and there is an app for it!! Yay, we are all saved :-o
  • Continuum is also a mobile device without desktop capabilities. The iPad arguably has more desktop features than Continuum. You can't even run multiple apps with Continuum. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It gives you far more versatility than you get on an iPad though. And you can run multiple apps on continuum.... You haven't even used it and you are talking about it like you know something...
  • Quite sure you can only have one app on screen at one time. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • But you are still running multiple apps...
  • What I love the most, is hope you're comparing a mobile... And a mobile feature to a iPad pro. You want to compare the iPad pro? Let's make the comparison balanced. What about we compare the Ipad Pro with it's mobile OS which claims to be a "full pc" to the Surface such actually runs on a PC OS, and is a full PC and tablet? Or are we just gunna have the same pointless Apple sheep response? Trolling every article about windows once again. You really have an interesting in way to waste your own time
  • There is a laptop dock for this. It costs almost as much as an iPad Pro though. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Whatever, continuum has been around for almost as year already and that its constantly being improved upon. It's time you acknowledge that its here to stay.
  • Poor babies don't have much to read about on imore so they have to come here to read about new technology and find things to be negative about out of spite and jealousy! Point proven, no need to respond to these gentlemen anymore.
  • I don't think I have ever actually been to iMore. I am not interested in Apple products at all. I am just pointing out the hypocrisy of Microsoft saying the iPad Pro isn't viable for business because it is a mobile product while they are trying to push Continuum. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Ipads even the Pro is not for work. Maybe at McDonald's. But not the real world. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.. But waiting for the HP Elite so I can get rid of this junkie Galaxy S5...
  • IPad pro is **** !! Deal with it. -_-
  • They are both garbage. At least iPad Pro makes a decent consumer device though. Surface Pro makes them both seem silly as a business tool. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hey Bleached. I see you are still doing what you do 2nd best. (DJCBS has you beat.) LOL Anyway, just wanted to clear up your comment that the HP Elite would replace a laptop. The 3 in 1 comment refers to phone-tablet-desktop. Laptop isn't implied. Carry on...
  • That is why they have a laptop dock?! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • There may be one somewhere, but not in this ad. "The power of a PC, versatility of a tablet, and capabilities of a smartphone." That's what this ad says...pc, tablet, smartphone.
  • But I didn't mention the iPad, I was talking about how you compared the marketing of the HP and the Surface...
  • HP also offer HP Workspace a cloud based computing service to allow elite x3 to run desktop program
  • That is a just an app. Citrix has the same thing available for iPad. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Oh, the HP workspace is available through Citrix?
  • Citrix also available for iphone but have you ever use Citrix on that little screen? LOL Elite x3 still have phone form factor but thanks to continuum + HP Workspace you can have your desktop If you used your ipad to virtualize desktop program via Citrix you might as well use any windows 10 tablet and run your desktop program there directly
  • I'm sorry, but had anyone said Citrix would not support continuum... why is all the focus on what Microsoft/HP *currently* offer... Proof of concept is what many investors will take notice of.
  • Let me see your put that iPad Pro in your pocket. Let me see you carry that iPad Pro around. It's as big as a laptop and heavy as hell. It's a joke. Also update it to the latest IOS and brick it. Lol apple fan boys.
  • Can you put the external display or laptop dock in your pocket? Otherwise you just have a smartphone with limited software. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I can take my L950XL and a miracast on the same pocket, so I get to any place with a monitor a there you have it... Continuum running easy!
  • Thank you. Bleached has apparently chosen to remain prejudiced and blind to what is obviously staring him in the face. But I guess apple has another overpriced tablet carrier where he can put his iPad or an overprized and oversized apple pocket addon™ which is sown secondarily to his trousers and have the whole thing dangle from his backside. Funny still, he will queue up for nights in the apple store to buy that.
  • An extra monitor, keyboard and mouse. Then you are stuck running a severely gimped version of Windows RT. A stick PC is the same size and price as the Miracast adapter and gives a far superior experience. Continuum jusy doesn't make sense except in very niche cases. Even then it is a stretch. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You can put the lapdock in your bag; do you have one of those for your iPhone to make the citrix app you keep mentioning useful via the iPhone instead of the iPad pro? iphone joins the iPad pro in a new commercial with siri saying this from the iPhone: "Oh, I'm sorry, I can't do that"! Cortana replies, "That's right go going your big sister over there in the garbage". Camera pans over to a pile of older technology including CRT minutes, tower computers, iPads and iPhones..... Commercial ends.
  • Just carry a Surface Pro or MacBook Air. They are far more powerful than iPad or Continuum. No compromises and you get a far superior experience. If Continuum meets your needs, iPad will too. Fiddling with adapters and relying on external equipment isn't what people are looking for. All that hassle to run a severely gimped version of Windows RT isn't going to sell. Surface Pro and iPad are easier to use and give a better experience. I don't have an iPhone or any Apple product. I would maybe get a MacBook Air if I needed a laptop for my personal life. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well actually compairing an iPad Pro to a Surface Pro 4 and the Surface is heavier and I don't hear anyone complaining about how heavy a Surface is. When I got my Surface, my first impression was how heavy it was for it's size. For the record, I'm as productive with the iPad as with the Surface. Productivity is somewhat subjective. We don't all do the same things for our jobs.
  • Yeah, but the iPad takes up more space in my bag. I'd rather leave it at home.
  • Yeah, but the iPad takes up more space in my bag. I'd rather leave it at home.
  • But this is a phone, so compare it to the iPhone combined with the citrix app along with a monitor, mouse, and keyboard which should make the iPhone comparable; oh, I forgot you can't do that with an iPhone, so go to Apple's next best thing, the iPad Pro. Typical isheep mentality, don't give credit where credit is due. I'll give Apple credit for this though; copying the surface Pro after belittling it. It speaks volumes about what Apple has become after the death of Mr. Jobs who was a great man.
  • Bleached u Scumbag!
  • Your listening/reading comprehension is very lacking.  You should stop wasting your time here and enjoy your Note 7 (IED).
  • Bleached did not read everything.
  • Bleached never does. He always tries to spin things of negatively. But oh well. His agenda is also well known.
  • How about we all just ignore him?
  • Bleached is like an annoying cockroach. But what he trolled may make MS better. We can just feedback to MS regarding any missing features.
  • Actually in one of his comments were correct. The Ad does propose the product as being of capable. They say 'power of pc' and he states the ad does this. He gets down voted for this. I can some guys cannot look at WP/M products objectively.   My honest view of this phone? It looks amazing, lovely specs and just a pity of the App Store. It looks premium too and love the size. Having said that, it's nothing more than a normal Windows smartphone with continuum.
  • "it's nothing more than a normal Windows smartphone with continuum.​" This is like saying the M6 is nothing more than a normal BMW.
  • Hmmmm....finger print reader wasn't on the back. Seems like a big oversite.
  • Nice catch man.. Somebody is going to get fired :D
  • Nice phone. Why couldn't HP take the X3 and "dumb" it down to a $400+ phone aimed at consumers? What I mean about dumbing it down is taking away some of the features intended for enterprise to get the X3 to the consumer use "level" and price point. This phone could have been ready for the Christmas shopping season and could have done pretty well especially with the Lumia line ending and the uncertainty of the Surface phone. Just a thought..
  • Most consumers won't buy it until there are apps Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have to agree, in principal. But at present the 950/xl offers such a bargain at £300 or thereabouts, the £700 isn't 'attractive' for something that does the same thing. Admittedly its a great device, looks good and has great specs, but I cant justify it. I suspect when RS2 is optimised, the x3 will make the 950's look antiquated by comparison. In the mean time I'll wait for the honeymoon period to pass, see what happens in 1-2Q in 2017 with 'rumoured' devices, then re-assess. The concern I have with that is have MS and HP formed some type of Gentlemens agreement, with regards to positioning of any (if any) forthcoming devices? I cant see HP making an x3 SE, but I do see them getting more affordable once sufficient stocks have been sold.
  • Maybe that is why Microsoft is clearing out the Lumias. I have this nagging suspicion they are doing it to make space for a large OEM to enter the scene whle they finalize work on the surface phone.
  • I agree! They also removed them from the Windows kiosk several days ago at a very large shop here in Greece
  • You can get premium build phone with proper camera and all the apps for half the price of x3. What exactly is there to take away what consumers won't need when it had very little in the first place what consumers do need.
  • But its thh world first build for businesses 3in1, so not build for consumers! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Remember HP said that this was just one of several planned models.  Jade primo goes hexa core and is a bit better priced for example.  There is more coming from more makers I suspect.  I'd bet even Lenovo jumps in, business being a device space they are familiar with.
  • Just got mine today.... Awesome phone, period. it's powerful, there is no lag, the screen is bright and clear. My "poor" 950 won't be missed... Not that is a bad phone, but the HP X3 is the new flagship. :-)    
  • I have to agree. But is it really worth 3 times the price? Id love one but in the uncertain times of us WM10 nutjobs, I cant justify it, and Im sure there are many others. Let us know how it goes over the next few weeks. Seriously, Id love one but my accountant would explode if that hit the books after a Surface Book, Pro 4, and another 2 x 950's ( MS Fire Sale phones. Bargain!!!!)
  • I will let you know. :-) My main goal is to use it at my office with Continuum, connecting to my VDI with VMWare Horizon.  8-D
  • So jealous, I wish I could afford one just so I could see it fly. With those specs, it has to be amazing.
  • I can tell you that it gives you the "wow" effect when you're using it..! :-)  
  • Is yours on the anniversary update yet? When I tested it vs my 950 on slow insider, the x3 was laggy like ****. The demo x3 was on pre anniversary update software though
  • It was not when I received it and I have to admit, it was very bad.  After I installed the 14393.189, now everything is fast.  I just noticed one lag when I hold the 'back' button to kill some apps, beside that, no problem at all.
  • Dat orange wallpaper tho
    Me want !
  • No matter what, it is a beautiful phone.
  • nice
  • I judge ALL smartphones against the scale of the two I still believe were the best looking: the Lumia 920 and 1020.  And this thing is just plain ugly, in every way.
  • lol, 1020. Neat looking phone, pretty much most normal people hated the hump.
  • I judge my phones based on the ones I find prettiest too and those are the Nokia 3310 and 5210, and this isn't half bad.
  • It's a matter of taste and I agree. It's ugly. And for me the silver bottom makes it ugly. What I do like with the silver bottom is the Bang and Olufsen logo. So, little details is what I am looking for. My guess is: also bring it in gold edition, some people love gold.
  • I don't know about the 1020, but the 920 design definitely deserves another look. But I wouldn't call the Elite ugly.
  • It only looks stunning because the CG made the phone look like it has real metal instead of plastic.
  • It actually has real metal too.. And besides... What's the fun of having a phone entirely made out of recycled bean cans that scuff if you look at it?
  • :D
  • Metal? Besides internals on the circuit board, what are you referring to? The chrome-like bottom? That's plastic... 
  • No, but the framing (insides) are metal for balance.
  • Are you sure?
  • Good luck HP, you're going to need it...
  • Remiss comment
  • I actually had the chance to fondle a demo unit at the local HP store. To be frank, I am not impressed by the build quality... The back feels ho hum and the bottom chrome portion smudges with fingerprints very easily :(
  • I hope it gains traction. I think it is a gorgeous phone.
  • Interest piqued although pricey. Is it worth an "upgrade" from the 950XL?
  • No if you I ask me. I own a 950xl and I've tried the demo unit at Sydney store. While the x3 has significant hw specs advantage, I couldn't see the practical upgrade. I still like my 950xl though.
  • Yes. Battery life is 2x and it's better in every way except for the camera, which is good (think "Lumia 850" if it existed).
  • Overpriced, but I salute HP for paving the way to the true Windows Phone. Until it has x86 chipset, it still offers nothing over an Android Smartphone like the Note 7. Especially with Andromium OS offering the same limited experience as cintinuum via a simple app install...
  • I still can't see how anyone thinks it's overpriced when compared to GS7/Edge/Note and iPhone 7. You can't make it cheaper because "apps".
  • Wrong comparison. Those phones you mention are overpriced as well. There's one big difference: they can afford to be because there's sufficient demand for them. And I don't believe that this asking price is anywhere near what it costs HP to make them. Because we all know the margins Apple takes with each iPhone are huge.
  • What is overpriced to you?
  • At this price, you know that it comes with the desk dock and it's a very nice piece of hardware, well built. The dock also have an ethernet port. :-)
  • overpriced for running a dump OS Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Andromium really doesn't do the same as continuum... Have you even tried it?
  • Sure it does, the HP won't catch fire.
  • Got mine 2 days ago. I compared the speed side by side with my 950XL....the 950 was faster on all levels. Which is strange considering the X3 has newer specs. The build and screen are nice. The fact that it's missing glance and double tap to wake are almost deal killers for me.... Only because my 950 has those features and is just as much of a performer as the X3. Also... Since I've had it, I've had to do at least 12 hard reboots from the thing crashing. I will admit though the fingerprint reader is pretty nice. Is it worth replacing my 950? Probably not.
  • Double tap is coming though, we showed it before.
  • Ah, good to know. Thanks Daniel.
  • I've had mine for about a week now. I LOOOOVE the hardware... it's gorgeous, but the software is a buggy mess. It ships with 1511, and still has it as of today.  It reboots itself anytime I use the camera, it is supposed to have an NFC chip but the feature is non-existant (even using a Windows Insider build, which actually enables the fingerprint reader). Oh and yeah, the camera... it's "ok"... but the iPhone 6s, and even 950XL beat it, unfortunately. 
  • I'm really on the fence about keeping it or not. My 950XL seems to be just as good in comparison.
  • A lot of people have been complaining about the "build quality" of the 950's. I however love how my Lumia 950 feels in the hand: it's thin (but not too thin) and has just the right weight. I hate phones that feel like I'm walking with a "brick" in my pants. But I can understand how those coming from 920/930 phones the feel of these 950's might be "off" somehow for them. I'm also very pleased with the battery life. So I would say, unless you really don't like the feel of your 950 XL, are having battery problems or you desperately want a fingerprint reader, I wouldn't waste money on an X3.
  • My problem with the build quality is the little squeak in the bottom left corner.
  • Buy a Mozo cover, the squeaks will go away :p
  • Thanks for the tip but it doesn't bother me enough to uglify my phone with a cover, and it also doesn't change the lousy build quality.
  • Even 950XL ? come on 950XL is better even than 6S camera...
  • That's subjective. They're both really good.
  • I'm very disappointed to hear about the crashes. Not a good way to introduce Windows 10 mobile to the business world.
  • If you keep the original version of W10 on it, yes, it's not stable. But with the latest anniversary update, it's smooth and no crash at all. :) Since this device is supposed to be "in the hands of the technical staff in your enterprise", the upgrade should no be an issue. But if you buy it for your grandma, not sure she will like it... ;-)  
  • It's also runs great on RS2.
  • Another interesting distinction from my 950xl, and I'm hoping Daniel might chime in on this...my X3 has all the current insider builds as my 950, but is lacking the native visual voicemail feature that I have on the 950. Any ideas as to why??
  • Fingerprint scanner got me over double tap.
  • How did the miss the finger print reader in the approval stage? lol... must have been a long day at the office! Decent ad never the less.
  • I like where this is going...
  • NO STINKING CDMA Support. (Verizon)
  • Isn't Verizon supposed to be switching to GSM soon?
  • LTE and VoLTE is where it's at :P.
     
  • Why advertise for enterprise devices? I mean I understand why do it, but are they trying to attract the customer base too, or will this ads be shown to corporate events?
  • Stunning!
  • Will this air on TV? I doubt it, but who knows. Maybe they had a change of plans with advertising/marketing for this phone.
  • The day I see a Windows 10 mobile ad on TV I will mark it on my calendar.
  • They need to put this on tv for the working American Class. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Cool HP is making it special
  • Very nice
  • Folks I read about some complaints about 1= the HP Elite X3, 2= Windows10 mobile software and 3=how "Continuum actualy works" and have come to the Conclusion that all 3 Need improvements and will be good products within a year. Microsoft wants the "Continuum  feature to work well because it's one the major features that will make Windows 10 mobiles smart phones be very useful to the Business/Enterprise buyers which is where Microsoft makes it's BIG BUCKS . Windows 10 mobile smart phones are  part of a Family of devices Microsoft will have that will work with the greater World of Widows 10 Computer of various designs and Windows 10 controled IOT devices. The HP Elite X3 points the way to how Professional Windows 10 mobile smart phones will work. Microsoft is working with HP and learning what is working and not working as far is Windows 10 mobile Continum mode is concerned to improve it and have it working well so When the Surface smart phones come to the martket place they will work very well. Some people laugh at Windows smart phones but beleive me a year from now when Windows 10 mobiles bugs are worked out and it's 'Continuum" mode is given more functions. folks will respect Windows smart phones more than they do now and buy more of them..  th
  • Is it just me or is that the most rendery looking render ever? Love the device but that really looked like a poor render as if it was an internal draft of the real advert....
  • Looks like a case of the "mondays" or "that friday" feeling, get the advert out of the way so they could have a few drinks lol.
  • Umm... Where was the fingerprint reader on the back??? They forgot to ad it in the render?
  • The inability to have multiple apps open and side by side means continuum is useless at the moment. as much as I want this to work in the real world it doesn't...just like Cortana, Siri etc. Viv might but time will tell. As a handset it looks amazing, given the review of continuum in another article on this site I won't be investing in this, maybe version 2 or surfaceephone but only if continuum is improved
  • Can any mobile OS do multiple apps open with side by side?  It would be nice to have but i'm thinking there are some limitations involved.
  • too bad it's running a mediocre OS Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's a step above android and two steps above ios.
  • Too bad mediocre minds keep posting here.
  • realistic minds. not blinded fanboys Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Now that's the sort of advert that Ms should be making, could do with a bit of a narrative and show the 3 in 1 capability, but very nice.
  • Wow !!
  • Looks like Verizon is left out in the cold again, seems like none the the new phones are compatible. Great add and phone only hope that the new surface will be Verizon friendly or it is good by big red. Microsoft need's to hire HP Marketing manager to create great tv ad's.
  • Way to go HP! Maybe they can teach Microsoft how to make a decent ad. Haha
  • Is it on tv
  • I hope HP advertises the snot out of this phone and Windows 10 mobile. Somebody has to.
  • I totally agree with you beccause I HAVE NOTED OVER THE YEARS that Microsoft's sales staff does not know how to advertise Microsoft's products you do not see many TV adds on Windows smart phones .You do not see adds for Windows smart phones in the most popular magazines or in the "Sunday paper in the USA. Is Microsoft that Cheap? they can not put a one page addd in the major newspapers for at least once a month. not enough Americans know Windows smart phones even exist ! in less than a year all the major bugs in Windows 10 mobile and it's "Continuum mode WILL be gone and these smart phones will be great. If people do not know about them they wont BUY THEM. GET YOUR SALES ACT TOGETHER MICROSOFT.
  • A stunner
  • Folks rumor has it that the "Surface" flagship smart phone will use ARMS CPU's.because Intel will no longer makes the smart phone CPU that can run Win86,Win32 Desktop legacy prograams. The Surafce smart phone will operate like the Elite X3. This will be a shock to Windows smart phone fans who want the Surface smart phones to run Desktop PC programs in it's "Continuum mode. it appears that only 7 or 8 inch Tablets that run another "Atom" CPU like the one that was used in the  discontinued "Surface" 3 tablet that had LTE are the only devices that could do what People want the "Surface smart phone to do which have a LTE  internet smartphone capability and run Desktop PC programs.. therebis also the possiabilitya low priced tablet using a Low Power Celeron or Pentium CPU with LTE could be used in a low cost new "Surface" Tablet.. 
  • Where did you cut and paste this from? That has been non-news for months now.
  • As an enterprise user, this would be delightful; unfortunately it won't work on Verizon and I'll not ever switching back to AT&T
  • Where the hell are the Devices??? I bought an HTC 10 yesterday because I couldn't wait any longer :)
  • Wish I could afford this or the 950XL. Oh well. Still happy with my budget device the Fierce XL.
  • The x3 is now on display where I work and I have to say that it looks pretty cool however I find it to be a tad too light. Also it is way too big for me. I just got rid of my Lumia 1520 because of that. 
  • folks if the Surface smart phones of 2017 use ARMs CPU'S then what you see the HP Elite X3 do are the same things the Surface Flagship smart phone will do except it will be using special Microsoft software to make it very business freindly. An ARMs CPU "Surface flagship smart wont directly run any X86/Win32 Desktop PC programs but could Run Desktop PC programs indirectly through Special software. 
  • Well, after a week of testing this phone, I'm gonna send it back to Microsoft. This device just isn't ready for prime time yet. Overall, I've probably spent a whole day in trouble shooting the crashes and rebooting this thing. For that price tag, this phone should run circles around my 950xl...but it's the other way around and currently not worth the money. The hardware is nice...but within the functionality, the cons outweigh the pros. I want my phone to work FOR me.... But with the X3 is seems I'm always working on getting the phone to work right. That's not a good combination for business minded people looking to get things done. Maybe in the near future, I'll check it out when it's more stable.
  • I would give it half a year for this phone to get mature....
    BTW: Did you dock your 950xl on the HP dock to see if it works? I am only interested in the HP dock for my 950.
  • I didn't. I didn't even unpack the dock, knowing I might be sending it all back.
  • I tried with my 950 and it "seems" to fit, but the USB-C connector does not work.
  • So the connector is proprietary! It ain't usb-c, it is usb-hp connector...
  • No wait !!... I removed the "cap" of the dock and plug it directly to the connector and it worked..! But "plugged" like that, there is no support for the phone, it's only the connector that is supporting the phone. :(  
  • Ohh, that's good news! The phone support within the dock can be easily fixed....As long as the dock works with 950 and 950XL Continuum.... This beats MS dock. Why MS didn't think of a cradle dock like HP is beyond me?!
  • Did you upgrade it to the anniversary update ?  
  • So where is the HP Elite X3 detailed review from WC?
  • Now we just need verizon support....