HP Elite x3 Phablet May Be Pricey for Budget Conscious Small Businesses

HP Elite x3 Phablet May Be Pricey for Budget Conscious Small Businesses

The HP Elite x3 phablet is one device that functions  as two. While it has features that back up that claim, the $799 price tag may be a bit much for some small businesses.

The new x3 phablet is part of HP’s continuing effort to blur the lines between mobile and desktop computing with modular designs. Since the company split in two, there has been a concerted effort to revive its PC segment with some innovative devices.

The X3 is part of that drive, and HP (NYSE:HPQ) has tried to push this mission forward by creating a portable device that is just as at home on the desk with additional components.

HP Elite x3 phablet Specs

As its price should suggest, the X3 has premium hardware:

  • Display – 5.96-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED,
  • Processor – Quad-core 2.15Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU with Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU,
  • 16MP f/2.0 FHD rear-facing camera and 8MP front-facing camera and Iris camera,
  • Memory – 4GB RAM,
  • Internal Storage – 64GB with up to 2TB microSD expansion,
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, and
  • Battery – 4150 mAh Li-ion polymer (non-removable) with Qi and PMA for wireless charging.

There is also a dock with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port that can be used for charging and a full-sized display port connector.

HP Elite x3 Phablet

While these features are impressive, where the X3 shines is the utilities it comes with. It has Microsoft’s Continuum, Windows 10 Mobile, and HP’s Workspace that turn this phablet into a PC. You will be able to use Win32 apps on your phone, which can be invaluable for businesses that rely on these applications.

With Continuum, you can start a task anywhere and finish it at your desk without saving, syncing or restarting, by simply docking your HP Elite x3.

HP Elite x3 Phablet

The HP Elite x3 is not cheap, and not many small businesses will be able to afford it, but for those that do, it takes the collaborative and remote workforce environment to a new level.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016): For the fashion conscious

Samsung Galaxy A5
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The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is definitely a looker. Many would mistake it for an S6, though it’s smaller in size. As with most Samsung phones, the A5 has a metal and glass back which even with rough use didn’t show any scratches. The phone is pretty light at 155g. The way the lock and volumes buttons are placed makes the phone perfect for one-handed usage. The premium design goes with its price tag of Rs 28,500.

The phone has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED full HD display with vibrant colours. Because of the high contrast offered by the phone, regular usage also becomes a delight.

Under the hood, it houses a 1.6 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB of RAM. The performance was nothing out of the ordinary. However, it needs to be said that even while running RAM-heavy games such as the Asphalt series, the phone didn’t slow down. The camera app, which is slow to load in most phones, didn’t make the A5 buckle.

One of the frustrating things about Samsung phones is the plethora of pre-installed apps that they come with. But with the A5, Samsung has toned it down. The phone comes with fewer pre-installed apps compared to others. Though it still has the TouchWiz interface, of which I personally am not a fan.

Though the camera app isn’t slow to load, the quality of pictures isn’t that great. It has a 13-megapixel (MP) primary and a 5MP secondary camera which give mediocre results. And, god forbid, if you have to take a picture in low-light conditions, the outputs are beyond bad. So, it’s natural for photography connoisseurs to stay away from this phone.

What impressed me was its battery back up. At 2,900 mAh, the battery isn’t that large but on a full charge, it manages to hold its own for almost a day. I tested its mettle by playing RAM-heavy games for almost four hours straight coupled with five hours of internet usage, yet the battery didn’t die on me.

On a whole, the A5 (2016) is not a head turner but for people who don’t give two hoots about extraordinary performance, this phone is certainly the one to go for.