HP's goal with the Elite x3 is to bridge the gap between PCs and smartphones. It is providing services so desktop applications can be used on the smartphone via the cloud. HP will port legacy applications to the Azure or Amazon Web Services cloud, and the apps will then be accessible on the Elite X3 via remote desktop or cloud services.
HP will charge a subscription fee for the virtual machine and cloud-based application services, will be broken down into two categories: "essentials," for small and medium-sized businesses that rely heavily on legacy apps, and "premium" for large enterprise customers, which will include app transformation to make the programs cloud ready.
The Elite x3 weighs 194 grams and is 7.87 millimeters thick. It has a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, dual SIM slots, 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a microSD slot. The device has biometric authentication features like iris detection and a fingerprint reader.
HP's vision of the Elite x3 as a true PC replacement hinges on services, the processor and accessories. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor in the phone has the processing power of entry-level PC chips, but not of Intel's faster Core PC chips.
A Desk Dock allows the Elite X3 to connect to external monitors, input devices, storage and wired networks. The Lap Dock -- which is more like a dumb laptop accessory with a 12.5-inch screen and a full-sized keyboard -- can be hooked up to an Elite x3 wirelessly or through a USB Type-C cable.
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