Microsoft begins shipping the HP Elite x3 in the US

Last month, Microsoft opened pre-orders in the United States for the Elite x3, HP's new Windows 10 Mobile flagship, telling buyers that shipments would begin on September 12. But on September 5, the Microsoft Store quietly revised its listing, pushing back its expected release date by two weeks, to September 26.

As we noted in the latest edition of 7 Days, our roundup of the week's top tech news, the handset was also appearing as 'out of stock' on the Microsoft Store in recent days, preventing potential buyers from placing their orders.

But now, Windows Central reports that some of those who already pre-ordered the Elite x3 have been informed that the device will be shipped much sooner, with some being told to expect delivery this week.

Meanwhile, pre-orders have also resumed on the Microsoft Store, although according to the listing, those who order the handset today will still have to wait until September 26 to receive it.

The Elite x3 is priced at $799, which includes the Desk Dock accessory that allows owners to use a mouse and keyboard with the handset, when connected to a larger display. The handset'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

Source: Microsoft Store / Windows Central

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