HP: Windows Phone Elite X3 postponed because of unfinished software
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The situation is dire for Microsofts mobile efforts. Only one Lumia smartphone has been released in 2016 (the Lumia 650). Not without reason though, Microsofts earns no money with a sold Lumia. On the contrary, every sold Lumia is a loss for the Redmond based company. Subsequently, Microsoft is retreating more and more from the mass-market, making room for OEMs to step in.
In that sense its only logical that the only high-end flagship smartphone with Windows for 2016 is released by HP. The HP Elite X3 is an expensive, big 5,96" smartphone thats mostly supposed to be bought by companies (though its also available for consumers). The most important feature of the Elite X3 is no doubt Continuum, which allows the users to use the X3 like a PC when its connected with a monitor (via a special docking-station).
The HP Elite X3 already went on sale a couple of weeks ago, but in many places its still not available. It seems this is not by accident: In the Microsoft stores the Elite X3 won´t be sold until mid October, despite the fact that the phone is already in stock there. It appears that Microsoft and HP want to postpone the availability artificially, because the software of the X3 is still unfinished, especially the camera software. Also, it still runs Windows 10 Mobile 1511 instead of the newer 1607 update.