HP’s says its new Elite x3 is the device that consumers have been promised for years: A smartphone, desktop, and laptop all in one handy device that you can take with you wherever you go.
The $800 Elite x3 is a portable Windows phone that can transform into so much more. By itself, you’ve got a Windows phone running Windows 10. It has a 16-megapixel camera and a dual SIM card slot that you can use to keep personal and professional calls and texts separate. The phone offers security features like an iris scanner and a fingerprint reader.
But, if you need a full keyboard and larger screen to work on the go, you can use the HP Lap Dock. Connect your phone with the dock and you’ll have a 12.5″ screen and a full-sized backlit keyboard with a touchpad. The lap dock is expected to cost around $600. Keep in mind that the Lap Dock doesn’t work without the phone. It’s just a preripheral.
If you’d rather work at your desk, you can purchase the HP Workspace and use the phone’s desk dock to connect it to a monitor. You can also use Bluetooth to connect full-sized keyboard and mouse. HPs Workspace or other virtualization software can be used to allow people to access high-powered business software.
The device runs on a quad-core Snapdragon processor and features 64 GB of storage.
Whether HP has finally found the all-in-one convenience consumers are looking for remains to be seen.