Today, sources close to a German site revealed that HP is planning to discontinue the Elite x3 on November 1st. As Windows 10 Mobile is not on the list of Microsoft’s priority, it makes sense for any OEM to abandon the mobile platform. HP Elite x3 is one the greatest Windows Phone ever created and news of the company discontinuing the phone is yet another blow to Microsoft’s mobile platform.
HP is still committed to Windows 10 Mobile and as a result, the company is not going to end sales of the Elite x3. HP’s spokesperson has confirmed that Elite x3 will available in the market until 2019. It makes sense as HP is also rumoured to launch a new Windows Phone with Andromeda OS in 2018.
“HP is always responding to customer feedback to deliver the best product experiences. We remain committed to our mobility strategy and vision and will sell the Elite x3 through 2019 while continuing to enhance our portfolio delivering multi-OS devices, accessories and workflow transformation solutions. Mobility is an exciting and rapidly evolving area, and HP will continue to explore ways to address our customers’ mobile computing needs,” HP said.
It seems that Microsoft approached HP and asked them to sell the Elite x3 until the new Windows Phone comes out in the market. Despite the powerhouse HP Elite x3 runs the best operating system and comes with a premium, the phone wasn’t successful. With the Elite x3, HP targets the business customers and the enterprises are still interested in Windows 10 Mobile because of its Continuum feature.
As HP is not discontinuing the Elite x3, you should not miss this opportunity and pick up the Elite x3 from the Microsoft Store. Do you think the presence of the HP Elite x3 in the market is going to help Microsoft’s mobile platform?