The HP Elite X3’s greatest innovation is HP Workspace, but that is simply a work around for the x86 app issue, and from reports is somewhat laggy and bandwidth dependent. Having a native x86 processor would make it a much more acceptable device. It’s time for Microsoft to kill Windows Mobile and give me a device that runs Windows 10. They can limit the ability to run win32 applications when not connected to a larger screen and they can use the Windows Mobile Interface when in phone mode. No need to call it a phone, time to go futuristic, should call it the Surface Communicator and pay the makers or Star Trek a boat load of money to introduce it in the next Star Trek film. To deal with battery life they can keep the screen res to 1920×1080 and instead of giving me a keyboard cover attachment, give me a battery cover attachment. This way if i want more battery life I can get the attachment that doubles as a cover.
Against this case
HP has investigated and concluded that Intel x86 phone processors are years behind Snapdragon in phone features, so they have decided to settle with SD820. I’m sure there will be a SD830 version (X4?) coming next year. RS2 will be 64-bit and support up to 8GB RAM. It will have much better performance than X3 (40% above SD820 CPU and 100% above SD820 GPU). Surface Phone will also use SD830. You can run Win32 apps from desktop PC via RD on the same network. You can run virtualized Win32 apps from servers or Cloud via Workspace (Citrix) or Azure Remote. X3 and Surface Phone are targeting the W10 users in enterprises. X3’s approach is workable to service enterprises. The x86 phone processors could have expanded use only if Intel makes them.
The point of application virtualization is that the user doesn’t have to give a damn what platform is running all the way over there, nor does it matter about the device that is being used to access it.
In any case, all other issues aside, x86 chipsets still do not and never have had a great performance-to-watt ratio and trying to cram legacy x86 applications with absolutely zero power awareness is just going to flatten the battery in absolutely no time. Full-fat x86-based Windows 8.1 tablets already had to tombstone legacy x86 applications every single time that the screen was turned off because there is no way to manage their power consumption without just suspending the processes altogether.
The experience totally sucked. It won’t be any better on a phone, Continuum or not.