HP has not introduced a new flagship that will take the reins from the Elite X3, but what people saw during the MWC 2017 trade show might cause you to believe that the company might have something up its sleeve for 2017.
New HP Elite X3 With Altered Design Was Teased During MWC 2017 But There’s No Update on Its Hardware
New photos of the Elite X3 were spotted courtesy of PCWorld, and the tale they had to tell was that it featured an altered design. An HP spokesperson according to the publication stated the following concerning the design of the smartphone put on display:
“This is an example of how we see future iterations of the x3 platform.”
However, should we just believe that HP is going to be releasing an altered design of the Elite X3 and leave it at that? No, because some time back, Microsoft showed off a demo where it could be seen that a Snapdragon 820 (the same chipset present in the Elite X3) could comfortably run a desktop version of Adobe Photoshop, leaving us to believe that mobile chipsets are becoming powerful enough that Windows 10 desktop applications can comfortably run on them.
However, a Microsoft executive later confirmed that running Windows 10 applications natively will not be supported on Snapdragon 820 and the first devices that support this critical feature will need to be running a Snapdragon 835. Looking at the shortage 10nm FinFET chipsets due to poor yields, we’re inclined to say that perhaps a refreshed Elite X3 running a Snapdragon 835 might be introduced, but definitely not right now.
After all, HP would not go through this much effort just to alter the design of the smartphone and stuff the same hardware inside its 5.96-inch form factor. The smartphone is already able to port the mobile version of Windows 10 to an available display using a Desk Dock, but what would be cooler is if we can get a refresh that can run Windows 10 applications natively using the same approach.