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HP already working on another customer-focused Windows Phone smartphone

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HP already working on another customer-focused Windows Phone smartphone
One of the most powerful Windows Phone handsets launched this year, the HP Elite x3 isn't really a success. After a few delays, the phone made its debut in the United States and Europe last month, but the high price, as well as some of the features that were not working as intended, kept even the most loyal Windows Phone fans from buying one.

However, it looks like HP won't give up and plans to launch yet another Windows Phone handset next year. The company is rumored to have teamed up with Microsoft for the release of a more customer-focused Windows Phone, probably in February 2017.

The information has been confirmed by two sources, which also claim that HP will develop and sell the smartphone, while Microsoft will offer some of the budget needed for its development.

On top of that, the Redmond-based company is said to provide HP with technology that it used in the past inside its Lumia smartphones. Features like Glance, ClearBlack display, double tap to wake, and advanced camera functionality will be implemented in the HP's Windows Phone handset.

Although we don't have a certain release date for the rumored HP smartphone, another source claims that Microsoft has already revealed (internally) this week, at an event in Redmond, a new Windows 10 Mobile handset that will be officially announced in February 2017.

Considering that the Elite x3 was announced earlier this year around the same time, there's a high chance that HP and Microsoft will bring their new Windows 10 Mobile smartphone at MWC 2017 in February.

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posted on 18 Nov 2016, 17:51 3

1. rsiders (Posts: 1010; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Whoa! I would totally be interested in a consumer focused HP Windows device especially if they plan a widespread carrier launch AND with past Lumia technology. I think I'll just keep my V10 until next year's announcement and then make a decision.

posted on 19 Nov 2016, 00:57 2

7. rocketman1 (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 May 2016)


"the HP Elite x3 isn't really a success"

No s**t.. As soon as i saw the speculated price months back it was easy to see doa. There are excellent inexpensive options. Im not paying $700 for an hp phone. Must have been ms who persuaded hp to do it.

Bring an android phone with those specs for 550 and im in. Otherwise piss off. Ill take the lg g5 before this at that price

posted on 19 Nov 2016, 09:49 3

9. rsiders (Posts: 1010; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


The Elite X3 wasn't intended for you in the first place. This is an enterprise phone first and foremost. The people who have purchased the phone have done so on their own merits. Hence the article about a consumer focused phone.

posted on 19 Nov 2016, 20:16 1

10. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1885; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Enterprise doesn't care for, or want, Android. If they did, the Android BlackBerrys would have flown off the shelves.

posted on 19 Nov 2016, 22:48

12. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3499; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Yeah, was actually surprised that my friend's workplace (Suncor Energy) "upgraded" their BlackBerry Z10s to iPhone 7s instead of the BlackBerry Priv...

posted on 19 Nov 2016, 22:03

11. Mrmark (Posts: 303; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


The Alcatel Idol 4S is really nice !

posted on 18 Nov 2016, 18:17 2

2. trojan_horse (Posts: 2666; Member since: 06 May 2016)


I dig HP's efforts and offerings of WM phones. I'm interested in HP's upcoming consumer-centric phone, but the price tag will either be a deal-maker or a deal-breaker for the most part.

The device must worth the price HP will charge, otherwise it'll likely flop in sales.

posted on 18 Nov 2016, 22:59

5. rsiders (Posts: 1010; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I believe that a consumer focused phone would be correctly priced though. People forget that the Elite X3 is intended for businesses and enterprise. This phone discussed here should not be overpriced.

posted on 18 Nov 2016, 21:40 1

3. snowgator (Posts: 3602; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


HP, you have my attention. I do not love my Android. I am fine with it, but I miss my Windows experience.

posted on 18 Nov 2016, 22:13

4. rsiders (Posts: 1010; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


You sound just like me except I've really grown to love Android for it's flexibility. Windows Phone was my first consistent OS of four years.

posted on 19 Nov 2016, 00:45

6. Bankz (Posts: 925; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


Is this the secret prototype that laura butlar talked about a month ago? Hmm, my body is ready *in mxy's voice*

posted on 19 Nov 2016, 02:52 2

8. SIGPRO (Posts: 1646; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Windows Mobile is the feature together with Android.
iOS will eventually die, because iphones suck!

posted on 20 Nov 2016, 10:50

13. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3499; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Until Windows Phones get to this point (https://goo.gl/k1l4hE ) or match Android's versatility and close the app gap, they'll just be too big of a compromise for me to consider...here's hoping the Surface Phone fixes that.

posted on 20 Nov 2016, 21:06

14. KennyKB (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Jan 2015)


HP...HP...just forget about the next WP10 phone. Cut your losses and drop this nonsense. In case you haven't heard, WP10 is a dead os, already in the morgue but MS is reluctant to bury it yet. You are being led down the garden path by MS. The latest sales figures show WP lumped into 'Others' with a total of 0.7%. There is NO chance of WP10 rising from the grave to gain market share as it has lost the format war. Please understand what a format war is. It's not about equipment, it's about content. Think Betamax and VHS. There is NO prospect of a losing format rising up to gain market share. Never happened in the history of consumer markets and never will. When developers have abandoned a platform it is basically dead. Both success and failure feed on themselves in a self-feeding cycle of no apps-no users-no apps or the reverse. It's not a matter of how good your next phone is going to be; it has no chance of success. However I'm trying to talk sense into the same company which wasted US$1 billion on Palm os. Good luck!

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