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HP offers Windows 10 smartphone with fingerprint and iris recognition security

Matt Hamblen | Feb. 22, 2016
Continuum concept allows Elite x3’s productivity apps to run across larger displays and keyboards.

The Elite x3 can be wired to a small dock to connect to a full display and keyboard, running Windows 10 Continuum apps from smartphone to desktop. Credit: HP

HP targeted security-conscious business users and IT with Sunday’s announcement of the Elite x3 smartphone that runs Windows 10 Mobile. It ships this summer.

HP designed the system so that workers can run basic Microsoft Office productivity apps across a large desktop keyboard, mouse and display, as well as smaller displays, when the phone is wired via an optional Desk Dock accessory equipped with a USB-C port.

Security for the phone got a major boost, with both a fingerprint reader and an iris recognition camera, atop 256-bit key full disk encryption enabled by a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip.

hpelite x3 (embargo to noon  2/21/2016) 
The Elite x3 is a business-friendly Windows 10 Mobile smartphone with a 5.96-in. display. Credit: HP

In addition to the phone and dock, HP announced a Mobile Extender device, basically a 12.5-in. display and keyboard in a clamshell design that, when connected to the phone, displays the files, apps and other data kept on the phone. The Elite x3 takes advantage of Microsoft’s multi-screen Windows Continuum experience to allow Windows apps to be displayed and controlled with other connected devices, with the smartphone providing the computing power.

Microsoft in October described the value of its Continuum concept when productivity software is used with its $549 Lumia 950 and $649 Lumia 950XL smartphones  if they are connected via a $99 Display Dock to full-sized keyboards and large desktop displays.

HP didn't announce pricing for the Elite x3 or its optional accessories, but the phone is expected to fetch a premium price. However, the phone is also likely to be bundled with HP services and not priced separately.

The phone's high-end features include a large 5.96-in. display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass 4 durability. The phone runs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which has four processor cores running at 2.15 GHz.

The phone will also have a microSD expansion slot to allow for up to 2TB of storage, atop its 64GB of internal storage. It has 4GB of memory.

Along with a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera, the phone includes two stereo speakers. There is a large 4150 mAh non-removable battery as well.

HP boosted security management with both iris recognition in the front-facing camera and a fingerprint reader on the rear of the phone’s body.

The Windows 10 Mobile software provides 128-key bitlocker encryption, as well as an enterprise-grade VPN. The Qualcomm processor allows for secure boot, 128-bit key image encryption, 256-bit key full disk encryption and more. The device supports Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) of 140-2 cryptography, which is widely required by U.S. government agencies.


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