The latest smartphone tech to hit the European market is the HP Elite X3. Created under a shroud of secrecy and codenamed Falcon by developers, it is the first offering from HP in several years. The new Windows phone boasts a 5.96 inch display, powered by a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM.
The HP Elite X3 runs on Windows 10 mobile and includes both a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner for added security. Available options for the HP Elite include a rugged case with a Kevlar back, a passive stylus, wireless charger and a privacy screen.
You can pick up your new HP Elite today if you live in the Netherlands or pre-order in Switzerland, but if you live in the U.S. you’ll have to wait until the end of July.
The price will range from $699 USD to $799 USD, but GSM Arena reports, “In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the handset will retail for €699, the bundle with the desk dock and premium headset will go for €729, while the one that also has the lapdock will cost €1,199. Exact release dates for these are still unknown.”
Pegged a Windows “super phone,” the HP Elite isn’t without its problems. Hardware specifications released earlier this month did not indicate 13 LTE support, the band used by Verizon. Worries have mounted that the latest HP phone is not compatible with the popular service provider.
Time will tell if the HP Elite X3 will be meaty enough to compete with Apple and Android products.