Mystery HP Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile phone model shows up at MWC

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Earlier this week, HP announced several new accessories for its HP Elite x3 Windows phone at MWC, but no new Windows 10 Mobile handsets. However, our colleagues at PCWorld are reporting today that the company is currently displaying an Elite x3 lookalike on its MWC booth, though the mysterious handset has no label and is protected under a glass case (via Windows Central).

HP Elite x3 prototype MWC 2017
The mysterious HP Elite x3 lookalike is protected under a glass case (credit: PCWorld).

An HP spokesperon told PCWorld that “this is an example of how we see future iterations of the x3 platform,” but declined to share more details about the handset. According to the report though, there are some slight design differences between this unknown handset and the current HP Elite x3:

  • The front camera on this handset is located on the left side of the display instead of the right side
  • The bezel looks to be thinner, especially the top bezel
  • The speaker grille at the bottom of the phone is also different, with no Bang & Olufsen branding.
  • You can also see what looks to be two antenna bands at the top of the handset
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The HP Elite x3 seems to have antenna bands at the top.

It’s hard to get really excited for this prototype without having more technical details from HP, but the fact that the company is showing off this phone at MWC is definitely interesting. Since Microsoft scaled back its mobile efforts last year, HP has now become one of the very few companies still developing Windows 10 Mobile handsets, even though the first HP Elite x3 was not targeted at a mainstream audience.

It remains to be seen if the company will update its flagship handset this year, or if the release of a cheaper version could make sense to improve sales. Let us know in the comments what you would like to see from HP this year.

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