Microsoft opened pre-orders for the Elite x3 in the UK this week, and now HP has started taking orders for the new flagship-class Windows 10 Mobile handset in Australia.
In the UK, the device is being sold as a business-focused bundle that includes a Desk Dock - a deal that doesn't appear to be available Down Under. The dock enables the PC-like Continuum mode in Windows 10 Mobile, allowing owners to use a mouse and keyboard with the handset when connected to a larger display.
The HP Australia site has listed the Elite x3 at $1,199 AUD (roughly $915 USD), while the optional Desk Dock will set you back a further $199 AUD ($150 USD). Pricing is not yet available for the notebook-style Lap Dock, which HP previously referred to as the 'Mobile Extender'.
The Elite x3's key specs include:
- 5.96-inch AMOLED with Quad HD (2560x1440px) resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and anti-reflective coating
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB onboard storage (plus microSD card support)
- 16MP rear camera
- 8MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.0
- NFC support
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Optional dual-SIM support
- USB 3.0 port with Type-C connector
- Iris scanner
- Fingerprint scanner
- IP67 rating for dust- and water-resistance
- MIL-STD-810G rating, assuring device protection for drops from up to 1 meter
- Pogo pins
- Qi wireless charging
- 4150mAh battery
- 161.8 x 83.5 x 7.8mm; 194g
HP says that the Elite x3 will begin shipping in Australia "within 8-12 work days". But before you place your order, be aware that while the device comes with a fingerprint sensor, it won't be supported at launch. HP documentation recently revealed that the sensor "will not be enabled until OTA update in Fall 2016".
You can find out more about the Elite x3 in our hands-on preview from earlier this year, in which we also discussed the development of the device with a HP executive.