HP could be next in line to launch a flagship Windows 10 smartphone which is also likely to be the biggest of them all. First spotted at the benchmarking site GFXBench, the phone codenamed Falcon is also tipped to be the first Window 10 phone to be based on the new powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset.
Apart from the SD 820 processor and Adreno 530 GPU, the rest of the tech pieces likely to be part of the Falcon package include 2 gigs of RAM, 64 gigs of storage, 20-megapixel rear cam and a 12-megapixel front shooter. Also, with a 5.8 inch 2560 x 1440 pixel display, the Falcon is shaping up to be the biggest device to run the Windows 10 Mobile so far, which is a further enhancement of 0.3-inches over the Lumia 950 XL.
Apart from the above mentioned specs, serial leakster Evan Blass better known by his Twitter handle @evleaks has also stated the Falcon will eventually reach markets as the HP Elite x3.
@evleaks further noted the device looked ‘pretty smart’ even though he seems to be a bit pissed off by what has been described as the ‘odd pattern of speaker grille holes.’
As for the naming of the device, what is noteworthy is that the Elite x3 seems to be a continuation of the Elite x2 two-in-one combo device which again draws inspiration from the Surface Pro. Further, with Microsoft too believed to be working on a mysterious Surface Phone, HP seems to have already gone one up with its Falcon/Elite x3 handset.
Also, with the latest Snapdragon 820 onboard, the upcoming Falcon will no doubt supersede Microsoft’s own flagship, the Lumia 950 XL even though it’s likely to be priced less.
In any case, the coming of the Falcon also presents an interesting scenario as it raises the bar higher so far as a Windows 10 Mobile handset is concerned, perhaps to be matched by the Surface Phone as and when the latter is launched.
Meanwhile, rumor mills also have it that HP will be carrying the Falcon handset at the upcoming MWC. If it’s true, visitors are bound to draw comparisons between the Falcon and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, which again makes for a lip-smacking proposition. Both the Samsung and LG flagships are set to be launched on February 21st.