The HP Elite x3 sees a huge price cut on the Microsoft Store

The HP Elite x3 sees a huge price cut on the Microsoft Store
The HP Elite x3 was one of the last two devices to ship with Windows 10 Mobile. It is considered one of the best handsets to run the OS, and if you are so inclined to pick up a new smartphone running a defunct OS, the Elite is a solid choice. Microsoft has slashed the price of the phone from $799 to $299 on the Microsoft Store. In order to sweeten the deal even more, that price is for the bundle. The bundle includes the HP Desk Dock, which allows you to connect the phone to a monitor and other peripherals. It then uses Windows Continuum to create a desktop-esque experience powered by your phone. 

Yes, Windows 10 Mobile is dead but...


The phone still has support from both HP and Microsoft. Although Microsoft is no longer bringing feature updates to their mobile platform, they still put out security updates and software fixes. HP has also said they will continue to support the device. The phone can be used in a desktop, laptop and smartphone configuration, so it may still appeal to those who want a decent productivity device. Of course there are also those who are heavily reliant upon the Microsoft ecosystem and still carry W10M devices. The steep price cut may be enough for Microsoft to unload the remaining stock they have. HP did bring a Verizon enabled version to the table just last fall, so the device can now be used on all major carriers. 

source: Microsoft Store via Neowin

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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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22 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Overdue price reduction IMO. This would've been an unreal deal a year ago though. Especially given that it includes the continuum dock. The HP Elite x3 is probably one of the most underrated and under the radar devices of its year...

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It has a SD 820 with 4 GB of ram. The phone came out February 2016. That is now over 2 years ago. The camera only supports 1080p video. Since then there is SD 821, 835, and now 845. Not to mention we are seeing smartphones with more than 4 the of ram. Even brand new smartphones that sell for $250 come with 4 GB of ram, with 4k video cameras, and large full HD+ displays. If I could install Android on it, then I would buy one for sure.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3138; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

And in 2 more years The SD821, 835 and 845 will be just as ancient. At least compare with contemporary phones.

11. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

@sgodsell, I said "its year" not this year...

15. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Are you talking about the same phone? The HP Elite x3 shoots 4k videos, heck the old 1520s shot 4k videos way back in the day. And the screen is "HD+" at 1440. Quite good looking actually. Not sure if anyone has actually used a W10M phone here, but that Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM is overkill for the OS. Can't really talk about it with Android metrics. (I use Android and have used W10M. Plus hunnie bunnie uses the HP)

14. ah_sukk_it

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 18, 2018

if they would have dropped the price $50 every few months theyd have continuous sales. when you drop a phone in a huge chunk, youre telling everyone the phone is worthless and weve given up. the phone is beautiful and very high quality. they could have resurrected sales if they would allow android to be installed. as ms is a dead os.

2. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Who would want to buy a phone with an unsupported OS with no apps. This phone is completely useless.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3138; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As opposed to a Samsung S7 Edge or LG V20 still running on a December 2017 security patch? Microsoft had a patch for Spectre and Meltdown before Android or iOS so how you like them apples (no pun intended). Not everybody needs apps.

4. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Good post Crispin! I'd also say though that the "no apps" comment in post 2 is a little exaggerated. I just downloaded a new app for my Lumia last weekend. It works great.

6. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

No matter what the price tag of this smartphone you should still be able to have a decent app store but unfortunately Microsoft dropped the ball on this one. You can buy the honor 7 for 200$ and it's better in every way than this one.

8. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Honor 7 has 5.2in lcd screen. Elite X3 has a 6in Oled. Winner = HP Honor 4 gb ram. Elite X3 has 4gb ram. Winner = HP Honor kirin 935 - 28nm -3100mAh battery Elite X3 SD820 - 14nm - 4150mAh battery = winner HP Elite X3 - Continuum dock = winner I could go on but that short comparison already proves your last sentence wrong.

13. mootu

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

He means the Honor 7X It has a 6" screen not 5.2 How does the Elite win on RAM when they both have 4gb? It runs the Kirin 659 which is 16nm and a 3340 battery which on Honor phones is good for 2 days. Honor 7X runs Nougat but will be updated to Oreo in the next 8 weeks (beta is almost finished) and actually has apps available. Best of all it's only $200. I'm a big Windows fan myself but at least i'm honest enough to admit it's a dead platform and anyone buying a Windows phone today would be pretty stupid.

17. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Thats not what he said. And the 7x still has a lower res lcd screen, as opposed to the higher res oled on the hp. that right there shows fault in antroid's last sentence. There's no need for me to go any further to prove the point I was making!

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3138; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Ni**a please. Honor 7 is not even a mid-range phone.

19. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I was referring to honor 7x, honor 7 is from 2015 unlike the 7x is from dec 2017

12. rkoforever90

Posts: 447; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Which app? app like WhatsApp and facebook crashes all the time in my lumia. I like metro tube though best YouTube app in any platform also due to some reason it works far better as a streaming device with my car than my Samsung note 5 those are the two reason I didn't chucked it in the drawer

18. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

QR Scanner+ by developer ZYLAPPS. Yes, it's a simple app but it fills the needs of what I wanted it to do as not all QR scanners are equal in what they can do with the codes they read.

16. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The wave of PWAs are helping too. But for people that love apps, W10M wouldn't make sense. Really wish my Androids at least get security updates though.

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3138; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm looking forward to the next wave of PWAs. I read that Microsoft doesn't need to deal with the site's owners to create the app so that'll be a plus. I'm sure banking "apps" will be an issue but hey, it's a start and since they're not meant to even be on mobile there's no real chance of being abandoned due to a low user base. Microsoft needs to update into PWA the current WP8.1 apps that haven't been updated in years before going in to new apps.

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In for 1.

20. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The only Windows Mobile device I have ever lusted for, until I got a Galaxy Note8 with DeX. Back in late 2016 I really was interested in the HP Elite x3, loved the use of Continuum with its dock.

21. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Loved my HP X3, but just replaced it with a HTC U Ultra w/ Dual Sim. Updared it to Oreo and it cost less than even $299. That said, thank god for Launcher10. I can use Android like a WP. But still annoyed have to have apps for apps to get apps, to run things that were basic in even WP.. MS so totally screwed up mobile. Surface phone will be DOA if it ever comes to be. EVEN if its running Win10A. Wont matter at this point.

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