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Can This Phone Replace Your PC?

Can This Phone Replace Your PC?

– I’m getting dumber as this unboxing goes further on. Hey guys, this is Austin. And this is a phone. Or is it a computer? Or is it both? So, this is the HP Elite x3. If you guys saw my Cool
Phones of 2016 video I did, this is one of the phones
that I was really excited to check out, however,
it is taking a long time to actually go on sale. It might be the biggest
phone box of all time. Actually, why is this so big? So this is a Windows 10 phone, however, instead of just being an
ordinary Windows phone, Ah! So, first of all, we have the actual HP Elite x3 iteself. And as you can see, this
is a very big phone. We also have the dock. Which is really heavy, what? So this is a USB-C
dock, so what you do is, you drop your phone on this guy. So around back, we have USB Type-C, a couple of USB 3 ports, a full-size DisplayPort, and Ethernet. The idea is, is that this is a phone that you take around all day, of course it does all
the normal phone things, when you get home, you drop it on the dock, and it essentially replaces your computer. So something interesting is, in addition to this dock, there’s also an option that essentially turns this phone into a laptop. They’re actually doing some
really cool stuff here, which is interesting
given that Windows Phone is maybe not the most
popular that it’s ever been. So, fair warning on this
guy, it does not come cheap. Although it does come with
some very stylish earbuds. Now, continuing on, because
I’ve got to imagine there’s, Yeah, there’s a couple things left. A pile of paperwork on the dock, which apparently they
gave me two of everything in case I was unsure of how to use a dock. What else is in here? So we have a dock for the dock? Oh, why? These are the exact same except
one has a larger cut out. How dare you. Um, there’s another one. Wait, but this looks the same. Oh, wait, it says on the
inside, it says on the inside. So, this is for the phone, this is for the phone with a case, and this is for the phone
with a flip-cover case. I totally didn’t need
to read the instructions to find that out. And we also have a
mysterious black box here. I swear if this is going
to be another adapter for the stupid dock. It’s another adapter. Now it’s time for the real test. Does this crazy dock actually work? So, right now I have it plugged in so it’s powering the phone. However, I want to actually
see what we can do here. So first of all, we have a keyboard. I’ll plug this right into the back of it. I also have a mouse. Actually, I’m curious. Can I use keyboard and mouse
without, uh, anything else? Oh, I have a cursor. Alright, I got to admit,
that’s kind of cool. The scroll wheel works. Open up Edge. This is the world’s weirdest desktop ever. So everything’s plugged into the dock, now if I drop the phone on do I see a welcome screen? I don’t know, do I? Hello! Alright, so now my
mouse is on the display. Oh okay, so now if I want,
the phone is a touchpad. So even though this is
a Windows 10 device, it does not actually run full Windows 10, it’s still running the phone edition, so not all apps are going to work. So, we get the full
desktop version of YouTube. Can we actually watch a video like this? Yeah, there we go. You know, it almost feels
like I’m using, like, a Chromebook or something. It’s a little bit slower
than like a proper computer. But it works. I mean, it’s scrolling is fairly smooth. There’s maybe a touch of
latency, but really I mean, for normal sort of like web browsing, it seems to be fine. Uh, let’s see what else we can do here. So, even though this is not
a full Windows 10 device, you can still do some cool stuff. Hey guys this is Austin. That totally works. I guess you see something like Word being a really solid use of this, right? So, if you don’t want to travel
with a lot of extra gear, and while the apps are not quite as, well, full-featured as I would like, I mean, we still have basic stuff like web browsing and we
can go through and alt-tab and the idea of using one device to do everything in your
life is really cool. I see a lot of potential in something like this in a few years, as things get more and more polished. But for today, it’s not quite there. Don’t judge me.

100 thoughts on “Can This Phone Replace Your PC?”

  1. Can't you already do this though, I know for a fact you can do it on Android but it wouldn't surprise me if you can do it on Apple and Windows phone. Just buy an OTG dongle, or a ethernet dongle, I don't think you're going to find one dongle that does power USB and ethernet, but you can already use a keyboard mouse and external display on your phone.

  2. I thought new windows 10 run full Windows 10 so you just plug them to screen and have windows 10. Is that true ?

  3. no because the computer im typing on cost me less at £150 from my local computer shop with windows 10 and can run gta vice city at 60fps YouTube videos at 1080p as my monitor isn't 4k BOOMED YOU Austin evans

  4. Cool stuff! What if dock it self would had additional hardware to support phone to take more heavy tasks? In my opinion this type of phone is for high productive people who want to have one device to do all stuff. And I don't mean gaming, but business. Presentation, text editing, web browsing, writing and so…

  5. Does the dock only work with Windows phones? Id like to use my phone (pocophone F1 – 6gb ram) try to boot Linux on it, to connect to LCD display Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to replace work computer ( i code websites so only really need browser and ide ) wich my phone can run

  6. Hey Austin ,if that phone is currently off no use to you , can you please give it to me? I'm still a very big fan of windows phone ..and I always wanted to have a Lumia 950/xl or hp elite x3

  7. @austinevans
    What happens if you put a regular Android phone instead of the original? Does it work? If you put a PC launcher could such a dock remove the need of a PC in homes and offices in the near future.

  8. If windows phone implemented a sandbox container way of running x86 apps locally I think it would blow away android and ios among enthusiast. Imagine running old apps/games like Half-Life, star-craft, AOE, diablo and baldurs gate directly from your phone! I was considering getting one; but from the information I've found, it doesn't seem to be the windows 10 experience I was hoping for. You wouldn't even need a top of the line chipset to run many pre-2007 apps like those if microsofts ARM->x86 emulation is as good as they claim it is. Also, many of those older titles are better than the typical copycat stuff you find on the android/ios market. That PC experience turned mobile would be a gold mine if only Microsoft chose to tap into it. Even if they weren't originally made for small screen mobile devices; imagine how much the accessory market would thrive on people running to get keyboards, mice and hdmi adapters to turn their phones into retro gaming machines and mobile workstations.

  9. They seemed game-changing in 2016, but now the 'Surface line of devices' has changed everything & this device seems so stupid..

  10. If only this guy was not so snotty and would just show whether this device is useful, and whether you need wifi or not.

  11. If they can make a full windows phone with decent battery life as android ones, then that would be the greatest phone ever. I will use android for back up and ios for…. no fuck apple. Just windows and an android phone

  12. I just realized.. You could Use this phone for checking your stream when streaming on twitch. This is actually useful for something.

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