HP Elite X3 with Windows 10 Mobile First Impressions

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#HPEliteX3 #Windows10MobileHP Elite X3 with Windows 10 Mobile First Impressions : And while Microsoft expressed its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile on several occasions, the most powerful Windows phone ever comes from HP, a long-time partner for the software giant, not necessarily in mobile, but also in Windows and PC businesses.

The HP Elite X3 is in all regards a state-of-the-art phone, coming not only with an exquisite look, but also with hardware that puts it in line with high-end phones running Android or iOS.

As we’re now reviewing the Elite X3, we wanted to give you a little preview of what’s to come, so we’re going to detail the first encounter with the device today, saving all information for the full review that will be published in the coming days.

We’re going to split this article into three parts, namely hardware, software, and conclusions, so read on to find out what the HP Elite X3 is about at first glance.

“Hardware”

Just by looking at the spec sheet, it becomes very clear that the HP Elite X3 is one of the best phones on the market right now, coming with a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5.96-inch super AMOLED display and Gorilla Glass 4, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage and microSD card support, 16-megapixel camera, and Bang & Olufsen speakers.

On paper, everything sounds fantastic, but how’s this in real life? The HP Elite X3 might feel a little bit too big, especially if you’re used to 5-inch phones. The device, however, has a very premium look and both the front fascia, with the Bang & Olufsen speakers, and the back cover, which has a rubbery texture, feel nice to the touch.

Getting used to its size is just a matter of time, and if you come from the Lumia 950 XL, it doesn’t take more than a day to understand how awesome this phone is. Especially given the quality of the display, which is brilliant to say the least, offering vivid colors and balanced contrast and (most of the time) correctly adjusted brightness.

The camera of the phone provides the best performance in the Windows 10 Mobile device lineup, and most of the photos look good, especially in HDR mode, but we’ve also discovered some setbacks that could be addressed in future updates.

HP Elite X3's Bang & Olufsen spekers

HP Elite X3’s Bang & Olufsen spekers

For example, the camera sometimes loses focus, especially during video recording in low-light conditions (a problem that we’ve also complained about when reviewing the Lumia 950 XL) and it sometimes takes too much between the moment you press the camera shutter and when it takes the picture.

If you’re trying to capture a moving object, chances are it will get all blurry, and it’s all because the camera is not as fast as you’d expect it to be. Battery life is simply amazing and it really pays off to offer a 4150 mAh unit because you get at least one day of battery life easily per charge. We’ll discuss more about this in our full review that will be published in the coming days so stay tuned.