Cellular World Congress 2016
HP clearly didn’t get the memo that Home windows Telephone is lifeless. Meet HP’s first smartphone because the Palm Pre three. HP calls Elite x3 a “revolutionary cellular platform” nevertheless it’s not. It’s simply one other additionally-ran from HP.
HP says a tool just like the Elite x3 has by no means been accomplished earlier than and that’s clearly improper. Android and Motorola tried it with Atrix. Palm almost tried it with the Palm Folio till Engadget talked the corporate down. And there have been numerous startups who’ve launched numerous options to permit an proprietor to run a desktop expertise from a smartphone. All failed like HP’s current cellular ventures spanning again to Palm smartphones.
The HP Elite x3 is a flagship system for a key new Home windows Telephone function referred to as Continuum. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor provides the system sufficient juice to plug right into a monitor and energy a desktop expertise. The gross sales pitch just isn’t new: Continuum will permit customers to ditch their laptop computer and telephone and pill and use simply this one system.
However the Elite x3 runs Home windows Telephone and loads of knowledge suggests Home windows Telephone is shortly fading to irrelevance.
An business report revealed earlier final week pegs Home windows Telephone with solely a 1.1% worldwide marketshare within the fourth quarter of 2015. That’s down from 2.2% from 2014 ranges. Worse but, Microsoft’s Home windows Telephone shipments dropped fifty seven% in the newest quarter over the earlier yr. The corporate solely bought four.5 million Lumia units in comparison with 10.5 million from the identical time final yr.
Primarily, HP constructed and introduced its first trendy smartphone on a platform that the majority indicators say is dying.
There’s nonetheless time for HP to vary its thoughts. The corporate isn’t saying the worth presently and says the Elite x3 can be launched this summer time — it wouldn’t be shocking if the gadget is shelved previous to the discharge.