There aren’t a lot of companies producing smartphones with Microsoft Windows software these days. Some of the models with best specs are Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.
But soon we might see an even more powerful phone from a kind of unlikely source: HP.
Hewlett Packard has been out of the phone business for a few years, nursing a hangover from the failed acquisition of Palm.
But leaked benchmarks in recent weeks have suggested that HP may be working on a new smartphone running Windows 10. And now Tech2.hu has published some leaked photos and specs of a phone called the HP Elite X3.
The leaks paint a picture of a pretty impressive device. It’s possible that HP could officially announce the phone at MWC in Spain next week.
Here’s the rumored spec sheet:
- 5.96 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- microSD card reader with support for up to 200GB of removable storage
- USB Type-C port with USB 3.0 support
- Qi wireless charging
- Biometric security thanks to fingerprint reader and iris scanner
- 16MP ear and 8MP front cameras
- IP67 dust and water-resistant design plus MIL-STD810 tested case that can withstand a drop of about 3 feet
HP is said to also have a docking connector that will let you use Microsoft’s Continuum for phone feature to hook up a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. That will let you run some Windows apps on a big screen while continuing to use your phone as a mobile device for phone calls, text messages, or other activities.
You can find more photos at Tech2.hu. Hopefully in a few days we’ll find out if the phone is real, when it will launch, and how much it’ll cost.