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Windows Phone flagship comparison: HP Elite x3 vs Lumia 950 XL

Windows Phone flagship comparison: HP Elite x3 vs Lumia 950 XL
Diyan
  • On August 12, 2016

Which one to buy? HP Elite x3 or the Lumia 950 XL?

Pre-orders for the HP Elite x3 have started this month, so if you are interested in having one of the fastest devices for 2016, you may consider the Elite x3 for your next smartphone. However, users with Lumia 950/950 XL range should be fine with their choice for now, as these 9-months old devices still have great specs and performance for day to day use.

But the HP Elite x3 is different. With a business focus in mind, HP has produced a real superphone that may not only attract corporate users with its Continuum capabilities, but possibly many regular consumers who want the best in the class. Here is how the HP Elite x3 compares against the Lumia 950 XL in terms of specs and features:

HP Elite x3

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Winner

Design

Policarbonate, sealed

Policarbonate, removable back

Size

162 x 83 x 8mm, 195g


152 x 78 x 8mm, 165g

Display

5.96″AMOLED QHD
Gorilla Glass 4

5.7″ AMOLED QHD
Gorilla Glass 4

Processor

Snapdragon 820, 2.2GHz, quad-core

Snapdragon 810
2.0GHz, octa-core

HP Elite x3

RAM

4GB

3GB

HP Elite x3

Internal Storage

64GB

32GB

HP Elite x3

MicroSD

Yes

Yes

Main camera

16MP, f/2.2, single LED, FullHD video

20MP, f/1.9
Rich Audio, Triple LED, 4k video, Camera button

*Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Front camera

8MP

5MP

– *no info

USB Type-C

Yes

Yes

Wireless Charging

Qi, PMA

Qi

HP Elite x3

Battery

4150mAh

3300mAh

HP Elite x3

Speaker

Bang & Olufson, front stereo speaker

Rear mono speaker

HP Elite x3

Durability

IP67, protection against water and dust

No

HP Elite x3

Biometrics

Iris Scanner, Fingerprint reader

Iris Scanner

HP Elite x3

Special Features

Continuum-ready, optional accessories – Laptop Dock,
HP Workspace for Continuum

Stylus

Continuum-ready
Glance Screen
Double-tab to wake

Price Around $699 at launch (August 2016) $449.00 (9 months after launch) Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Conclusion

hp elite x3 vs Lumia 950 XL size and dimentions

It’s obvious that the Elite x3 is the new King of Window Phone. The device not only offers the latest and fastest processor on the market, but also has an IP67 protection, fingerprint scanner, front-facing B&O speaker, bigger battery and much more. The only area where the Lumia 950 XL wins is the camera department and the price

* Early tests have revealed that Elite x3’s camera is doing a relatively good job, but it can’t match the excellent photo, audio & video quality of the PureView technology.

If you already have a Lumia 950 XL, then you don’t need to buy the Elite x3, especially for $699, unless you want to have the best possible Windows phone on the market. A better Continuum with the HP, and access to Win32 apps via virtualization, could also be your main motivation for getting the Elite x3.

Do you think that the x3 is good enough to justify its price tag of $699?

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