Telefónica extends Microsoft partnership, brings gaming, Surface devices and Teams to new markets

Telefónica extends Microsoft partnership, brings gaming, Surface devices and Teams to new markets

Telefónica is announcing the expansion of its global strategic relationship with Microsoft. It will focus on accelerating the creation of joint initiatives in the consumer market. By bringing solutions in areas such as gaming, connectivity, communications, secure access to data and new Living Apps to existing and new markets.


The company is looking to expand services for corporate and consumers with the new partnership. Chema Alonso, Chief Digital Officer at Telefónica made the announcement at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 taking place in Barcelona.

We celebrate reaching a new level of collaboration in our strategic relationship with Microsoft to generate new opportunities and expand existing ones in the consumer, digital home and innovation space”.

Chema Alonso

Last year, it launched Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and the commercialization of Xbox consoles in Spain. It will be looking at bringing this service to other markets where it operates. Telefónica is looking to offer a monthly subscription of Microsoft 365 in markets where it has a presence. It also plans to bring access to select LinkedIn Learning content to its Movistar Plus+ television platform. Users will be able to connect to video conferences and make calls through Microsoft Teams using Movistar Home. Finally, Telefónica will run joint commercial and marketing initiatives on Surface devices in Telefónica’s markets in Europe.

The Chairman of Telefónica and GSMA, José María Álvarez-Pallete, notes the company has achieved important milestones in its collaboration with Microsoft. And is looking forward to working on new services based on their state of the art connectivity and the transformative power of AI.

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The HP Elite x3, HP’s revolution in mobility

The HP Elite x3, HP’s revolution in mobility

HP is back in the mobile business with a bang, They announced the HP Elite x3, a very high end windows 10 mobile device with a lot of focus on security, business and productivity.

HP Elite x3HP Elite x3 is a very gorgeous looking device powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon 820, 2.15 GHz, quad core processor. It has 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage with SD card support of up to 2TB.
Sporting a 5.9″ diagonal WQHD AMOLED display with corning Gorilla Glass 4 & 530 Adreno GPU.
Has Qi wireless charging, iris scanner and fingerprint biometrics with Windows Hello (found at the back beneath rear camera flash)
Bluetooth 4.0 LE (supports Miracast), NFC, Dual nanoSIM, USB Type C and a Pogo Pin Design on the back, to enable a variety of peripherals to plug in.
With 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing camera with iris scanner for Windows Hello. IP67 certified – dust and water resistant (up to 1 meter and 30 minutes).
The phone also comes with Bitlocker 128-bit encryption, VPN-SSL, Intune MDM and Reset protection.

HP says the Elite x3 combines PC power and productivity, tablet portability, and smartphone connectivity in a sleek and secure device that can dock with your screens and keyboards when you need to work big.


HP Elite x3 

Operating system Windows 10 Mobile
Display 5.9” WQHD (1440×2560, 493 ppi) with Glance
Battery Non Removable 4150 mAh Li-ion polymer
Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 (MSM8996
2.15 GHz quad core processor
Main camera 16 MP LED Flash
Front facing camera 8 MP w/ Iris Scanner
Memory 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal mass memory + up to 2TB Micro SD support
Dimensions 83.5 x7.8 x 161.8 mm
195.0 g

HP is making available as part of the productivity accessories for the Elite x3, the HP Mobile Extender & Desk Dock. With the power of Continuum and the ability of Universal Windows Platform (UWP) the accessories can give you the flexibility of using your phone as either a laptop, tablet or desktop PC.

The Mobile Extender is designed as an ultra-slim, near borderless 12.5″ diagonal display notebook that connects with the Elite x3 to achieve a seamless Windows Continuum computing experience. The Mobile Extender has a near-zero bezel with a 12.5-inch diagonal HD display that weighs less than 1000 grams.
HP Mobile Extender

The HP Desk Dock includes a DisplayPort for external monitors, two USB-A and one USB-C, plus a wired Ethernet Port, creating a rich desktop experience on larger screens.
HP Desk Dock

“We believe in a world where technology will work for you and adapt to your needs, context and environment,” said Dion Weisler, president and chief executive officer, HP Inc.
“The HP Elite X3 is a revolutionary mobile device designed for an ever-changing, connected world, adjusting to business and personal needs so industries and individuals can keep reinventing how they operate, ideate and create what matters most to them.”

The Elite x3 will be available this summer to business customers and Windows Mobile fans. Pricing will be made known prior to release.

Haven you seen this? Do you think other manufactures will up their game and get into the windows Mobile ecosystem as well. Is this the device you’ve been waiting for? Tell us in the comments.

Source: Hewlett-Packard