It also adds the interesting detail that one of the first of those allegedly upcoming affordable HP smartphones will have a 5 to 5.7 inch display, and run on an Intel chip. Moreover, it will feature an ordinary design that will allegedly be hard to distinguish from what white-box Chinese phone makers use, except for the HP brand logo. Software-wise, expectations are that the forthcoming HP phones will run on Android, but without many unique features.
It might be a coincidence, but that’s the same exact strategy that HP is using to sell its tablets - it offers devices at bottom low prices, and has no one flagship to drive sales.
In order to achieve profitability - something that’s notoriously hard to do with affordable devices - HP is actually relying on tight control and optimizations of its supply chain in China. Nonetheless, it will be an uphill battle for HP. After all, that’s exactly what its Asian rivals like Lenovo, Acer and Asus are best at. Will it succeed? Only time will tell, but we’ll keep a close eye on the company.