Can the HP Elite X3 save Windows 10 Mobile?

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Windows 10 Mobile isn’t exactly on fire and that is something we all just need to come to terms with. I’m a fan of Windows 10 Mobile’s aesthetic look and its functionality as a mobile OS. But I’ve never been thrilled with Windows 10 Mobile’s app selection. HP is set to release its reentry into mobile with the Elite X3 but what does that mean for Windows 10 Mobile? The Elite X3 will ship with a 5.96-in. AMOLED display and 2560×1440 resolution protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Also on board is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage and microSD slot that can take up to 2TB.

HP is marketing the Elite X3 as an all in one mobile computing center that will take advantage of Windows 10 Continuum. Microsoft has tried to push Continuum with the Lumia line of phones and in all honesty, Continuum works really well. The Elite X3 is priced at $699 for the device itself and $799 with the Continuum dock which basically turns it into a desktop when connected to a display. I’m going to be honest here, Windows 10 Mobile probably doesn’t have much draw to the average consumer due to the anemic app selection but HP’s device could draw interest from the business users end.

The Elite X3 has a huge crispy display, can basically replace a small laptop, is portable, and can work seamlessly with business apps many businesses already use. Perhaps Microsoft has been concentrating too hard on competing with Google and Apple for the consumer market and not enough time targeting the business market? While the Lumia lineup had some nice phones, the Elite X3 looks to be setting a higher standard for Windows powered phones. This could play well to the business users’ need for good looks with business functionality.

Of course there have been the rumors of bringing iOS and Android apps to the platform with projects Islandwood and Astoria, but that has yet to be realized. For now, Windows 10 Mobile could have a breath of new life with the release of the HP Elite X3 based on the hardware alone. Let’s hope this is the case and that Microsoft makes some moves to improve the Windows 10 Mobile app experience to possibly rope in the consumer and business markets.

Are you looking forward to the Elite X3? What do you think the future holds for Windows 10 Mobile? Let us know your thoughts and comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

  Source: Computer World
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