HP Elite x3 now available on Verizon, Windows 10 Mobile is not dead (yet)

Microsoft this week started selling a Verizon-compatible HPElite x3 - following months of speculations about this. Originally released in2016, the HP Elite x3 is a high-end smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile, aplatform that Microsoft will no longer be focusing on.


The Verizon-compatible HP Elite x3 can be found only atMicrosoft's website (see the source link below), and costs $599 outright, freeDesk Dock included. It doesn't look like you can buy the smartphone withmonthly payments. While Microsoft is mainly targeting business customers withthe Elite x3, nothing stops regular customers from getting it.


The HP Elite x3 is a large, water-resistant handset thatsports a 6-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixels, coming with both iris, andfingerprint scanners. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor (a previous top of the line CPU), further featuring stereo speakers, dual SIM support, 4 GB of RAM,64 GB of expandable storage space, and a 4150 mAh battery.


This is definitely an interesting smartphone, and HP hasdone a nice job designing and building it. However, given the fact that WindowsMobile is no longer relevant (not even to Microsoft), and there are plenty ofnewer, similarly-priced handsets out there, the Elite x3's arrival on Verizonis probably too little, too late.


source: Microsoft via Windows Central 

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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)



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Wondering why it wasn't available at Verizon from the the get go! Verizon is the carrier with the largest user base, after all.

10. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

First off VZW has never been the biggest seller of Windows Mobile or Windows Phone. It was always AT&T, due to AT&T having the most business customers who travel. VZW agreed to selling this phone months ago. Why it was delayed this long is anyone's guess. It looks like VZW is just making good on its agreement to sell the phone. Which they aren't gonna make any money on, because who's gonna buy it.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Verizon hasn't had a flagship windows phone since Microsoft bought Nokias phone division.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look when Bill Gates himself is using a Note 8. Then that speaks volumes. Nothing to see here, move along. ;-)

11. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

So owning a company, means you can't use a product from another company? He said he woudl never own Apple products. But he's obviously used them here and there. Smart man with money uses what he feels works for him. He bought what works.

4. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Who is this for, anyhow? Who's been clamoring for a high end WP device? Corporations have moved on to iPhones.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2487; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Until Apple builds a dock that lets you plug in an iPhone and use it on a larger monitor with a keyboard and mouse, there is going to be a need for this product. And it appears to be a more fluid experience than what is offered on the Galaxy phones with their Android dock (at least from what I've read in reviews). Also, you have to remember that most people in the enterprise space use Windows OS for their desktops, so it is also about continuity and having the same kind of products for everything. It's not always necessarily about the app ecosystem.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

True on your second point, but given that Windows Phone really never took off, integration with desktop OS has been largely irrelevant. And IT departments are going to be more concerned with continuity of support. Maybe I'm not in the right industry, but in my experience, companies have migrated their mobile use from Blackberry to WP to iOS.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2487; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’m not saying that you aren’t necessarily right in saying companies have migrated to iPhones or Android for Work devices, but I’m just merely giving some points as to why enterprise users might still pick this phone up. Funny enough, most IT department personnel I’ve seen tend to stick to older devices that are “tried and true” and buy multiple copies of that same device until they finally switch to something newer.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Go to windows central. They have about a dozen users still clinging to windows under the belief it will make a come back, a few of them wanted this.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Verizon users have been stuck with very low spec Windows phones for some time now. Let them enjoy what they have. In the meantime, unless some android or iOS fanboy wants to chip in and buy these long-suffering people a new iPhone 8 or Pixel, I suggest you STFU and go on with your pathetic, hater existence. Congrats VZW users on Windows 10 Mobile.

6. Mrhug3

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 14, 2011

I legit hoped this would come to VZW when it was announced, but as history had suggested there would be no hope. My first foray into the smartphone world was Windows based, so I was rooting for them. If Microsoft and any big carrier had fully committed, I think Windows would have took off. Kind of a bittersweet moment.

7. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Its for the enterprise customers with custom software running on the 735. Little known fact Verizon was the last to keep supporting WP10 due to enterprise. AT&T enterprise customers could always get the X3.I love mine and I just got it. It will last at least long enough for W10A phablets and such to hit the market for enterprise.

9. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Nah its dead. VZW is just late putting this phone out after doing this deal with HP. No one is gonna buy it hardly. I see less than 1000 every walking out the door. It looked so cool. But then when I saw it at the Microsoft Store, it looks and feels in person like a cheap piece of crap.

13. Xavier1415

Posts: 220; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Awesome I can pick one up now

14. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

It's a handsome phone, but this is definitely Windows Mobile's last gasp.

17. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

I wished this came to VZW when it came out, I would have seriously considered getting it then. Now, I have a BT kb and mouse for any emergencies when I don't have a laptop but have my phone. I've used my phone as a laptop for an entire day sans monitor, and know what? It actually was fine for most things. Something the size of the Note 7 / 8 can serve for many daily needs such as RDP to get email, do remote support, etc.

19. CyberAngel777

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2017

HP made this phone originally after customer demand. That's why it has two different wireless charging standards supported and both iris and fingerprint scanners (for example). The Verizon model was released because of demand. You, as a consumer, may not want, not even understand why? Why build it? There's no business - the platform died years ago - or did it? Well, believe or not: the people at hp have not only higher IQ than you or better education, but they know what they customers ask for them. Then they bring it. Now you can claim that the hp CUSTOMERS are stupid. According to the Freedom of Speech you are entitled to your wrong opinion. Old saying: "haters gonna hate"

20. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

Who was that for? All things aside, HP Development may have a higher IQ, but HP support - not so much. And before I get flamed, that does apply to 70-90% of tech support agents. HP just so happens to have burned me more times than I can count, personally, more so than say Dell. Would I buy an HP product that was for me? Absolutely. Would I buy one for clients that needed the support from HP? I'd rather burn in hell first.

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