The HP Elite x3 is the best Windows phone money can buy, but buying one is actually the problem. Availability if typically limited for Windows 10 Mobile device. To make matters worse, the handset will not be shipped to US customers on September 26 anymore. HP and Microsoft have decided to delay the roll out once again.
If you have been following the progress of the Elite x3, then this will be familiar to you. The flagship has suffered a number of false starts in the United States. HP and Microsoft were going to start shipping on September 5 but pushed it back to September 12. However, shortly after the device was delayed again until September 26.
While Microsoft's website says the date is still the 26th, HP has removed its time of shipping date. Sources say that the companies have delayed the handset again, for the third time. It is frustrating for sure, but there seems to be some software issues delaying the release.
The Elite x3 is a fantastic device. It is the only place on Windows that you can get an up-to-date flagship experience, with good looks to boot. However, early reviews of the handset show that its hardware is awesome, the design is cool, but sadly there is some buggy software.
It is similar to the way the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL performed when they dropped last year. Of course, there were the first Windows 10 Mobile devices, but now this stuff should be cleared up. If it isn't, though, HP has done the correct thing in delaying the US launch to make sure the Elite x3 experience is what it should be.
As a refresher, the X3 comes with a massive 5.96-inch AMOLED screen with 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution, while Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 provides ample protection for the display. The handset itself gets IP67 water and dust proofing, while HP says it is also “drop resistant.”
Under the hood there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8996 processor clocked at 2.15GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM. 64GB of internal storage will be available out of the box, but users can also expand through a micro SD card slot. Around the back is a 16-megapixel rear camera, while the front gets an 8-megapixel selfie lens.
To run these innards and high-res screen at peak performance, HP has added a 4150mAh battery to keep the lights on. Alongside the new fingerprint scanner, the Elite X3 also gets an iris scanner to take advantage of Windows Hello authentication.