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Hands-on with HP's new Windows phone

The Elite X3 is a high-end Windows 10 phone with some unique tricks.

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HP Elite X3

The HP Elite X3 isn't like other phones.

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It features a 5.96-inch Quad HD display with a quad core Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

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Other specs include a 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a microSD card slot for up to 2TB of additional space.

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There's also an iris scanner and wireless charging.

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What makes it special is this, the HP Desk Dock.

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The phone connects to it through the USB-C port. You can then connect a mouse and keyboard and use the phone as a Windows PC.

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The dock features an Ethernet adapter, two USB ports, a USB Type-C port, and a DisplayPort.

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But there's no HDMI port...

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Then there's also the Lap Dock.

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It's essentially a laptop with no internals, but that changes when you connect the Elite X3.

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The Lap Dock features a 12.5-inch Full HD display and a full keyboard. There's also two USB Type-C ports on the right side.

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And a Micro-HDMI and a third USB Type-C port on the left.

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The phone performs well, but is limited by the Windows operating system.

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It's still missing some key apps.

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It features dual front-facing speakers from Bang & Olufsen.

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While the Elite X3 is an interesting concept, you're better off using an iPhone or Android phone with a Surface Pro or another portable laptop.

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Plus, a USB Type-C port at the bottom.

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The phone is available now for $699 (AU$1,100). HP is also offering the phone bundled with the desk dock for $799 (£706, AU$1,200), while a bundle with the phone, desk dock and lap dock will be available after October 21 for $1,299.

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