However, HP clarified things this morning with official pricing for the Elite X3. The $799 price tag is for the Elite X3 smartphone paired with the Desk Dock. If you just want the smartphone by itself, the price is a more palatable $699. However, even at $699, that’s still a lot of money for a flagship Windows 10 Mobile device.
For comparison, Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL launched late last year for $649 off contract. Within the past month, Microsoft was selling the Lumia 950 XL for the same $649 price, but included a Lumia 950 for free (a $549 value). That doesn’t exactly speak highly for the prospects of HP finding success with the Elite X3, but it wouldn’t be for a lack of trying.
The Elite X3 packs in specs that would be commendable on just about any high-end Android flagship including:
- 5.96-inch WQHD AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- microSD slot that supports up to 2TB
- 16MP main camera, 8MP front camera, Iris camera
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE-A, NFC
- 4150 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support
- Fingerprint reader
The Elite X3 will ship later this month, while the bundle will ship on August 29th.