HP Elite X3 to reach its End of Life on Nov 1? HP says no, phone to run through 2019

HP Elite X3 to reach its End of Life on Nov 1? HP says no, phone to run through 2019
The HP Elite x3 has had the best specs of any Windows 10 Mobile powered handset since the device was launched last December. Now, there is talk that the Elite x3 will go EOL on November 1st. For those of you unaccustomed to playing alphabet soup, EOL stands for 'End of Life' and it means that the phone will no longer be sold after that date. The report, out of Germany, would give the phone 5 more weeks on the shelves before getting pulled for good.

The problem here isn't just HP's fault. Microsoft's decision to stop working on Windows 10 Mobile prevented HP from updating the Elite x3. According to the report, HP will continue to support the handset up to October 2018. There is some speculation that an Android powered sequel to the HP Elite x3 is being tested by the company.

It is possible that the Elite x3 reaches EOL prior to November 1st. According to another report out of Germany, there are only several thousand units left of the phone and supplies could run out before the EOL date. This same source also states that HP is rather upset with Microsoft ("pissed" is the word that was used) and instead of producing an Android version of the Elite x3, the HP will just recommend the Apple iPhone for its clients seeking a mobile handset. This might hurt Microsoft's patent royalties it receives from Android manufacturers, which actually runs into a big amount of money every year.

And as if we needed more rumors about this whole bizarre story, HP is denying that the phone is going EOL in November. Instead, HP claims in a statement that it will continue to offer the Elite x3 through 2019 while it works on manufacturing multi-OS devices. This is one strange tale that requires us to sit back and keep our eyes and ears open.


source: WindowsUnited.de (translated) via MSPoweruser.com

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Elite x3
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4150 mAh(33h talk time)

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12 Comments

1. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I love the phone, but for HP to be pissed, would require them not reading the tea leaves. When it came out it was a curiosity give then we knew WM was dead. The few of us left are waiting for a WinARM phone.. but even then I doubt I will see it. That said the 950XL and the X3 are such good phones if you dont need a lot of apps they are as good as it gets. Little to be had from upgrading.

3. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Man I so wanted this phone when HP first advertised it. Then I went to a Microsoft store and saw it and picked it up and it felt like a cheap piece of crap that simply looks good. I use to love Windows Mobile because I didn't care about features, i cared only for Windows compatibility which was lost when they tried to go consumer with WP. Now you can get one for $300. I want one, but I see no point in buying a device that isn't gonna be supported with new anything. After they basically abandoned Windows Mobile, they should have sold the tech to Nokia and just left the phone business. They could have simply made a real Windows Phone, with Intel hardware running Windows 10, and use a emulator or VM inside Windows to run Android apps, and the phone could have ran native x86 apps out the box.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7364; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You do realize that at the time, the only Intel SoC of being capable to run Windows on a phone was Intel's Atom SoCs. Sure you could put an i7 in a smartphone, but it will last an hour before you have to charge it again.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There's really nothing to speculate. HP responded to FUD by a publication with no intimate knowledge of HP's plans. To further muddy the waters, Phone Arena carries on and on about the demise of this wonderful handset and delegates HP's rebuttal to a small paragraph at the end of the article. C'mon Alan, I know you are capable of much better reporting. Tie up your copy editor and shove him in a broom closet when doing Windows Mobile-related articles.

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

PA is full of BS! Where does Microsoft state that they stopped with Windows Mobile? They actually stated a few times that they will not stop with mobile phones!

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7364; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When was the last Lumia smartphone? Or the last one made by Microsoft? Don't bother, it was years ago now. So if that isn't stopping, then what is?

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Let me break this down for you in easy to read portions. They're still updating the OS. MicroSOFT is not a hardware manufacturer. They pawned off the last bits of Nokia hardware as their own because of naming issues. There are 2 new models being introduced in Europe this fall. The Elite x3 is still being sold. Anymore asinine questions?

8. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Years ago you say... The Lumia 650 was released February last year.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7364; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sorry, 1 year and 8 months since Microsoft released their last Lumia Windows Mobile smartphone. BTW the Lumia 650 had a 32 bit SD 212 cortex-A7 SoC with 1 GB of RAM, with an 8 MP camera, and a 1280x720 resolution display. No one was lining up for that device.

11. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You're right, no one was lining up for it. And they definitely could've given it more horsepower that for sure. It was still very good hardware value for the dollar IMO, as long as you're into Windows 10 mobile.

10. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

@ post #9 You're right, no one was lining up for it. And they definitely could've given it more horsepower that for sure. It was still very good hardware value for the dollar IMO, as long as you're into Windows 10 mobile.

12. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

i wouldve gotten one of these if it had a 7 inch screen LOL...im into big screens...and 7 inch screens on a smartphone is the biggest i go LOL

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