HP's Windows 10 Mobile flagship hasn't had the smoothest of launches so far. The Elite x3 was originally announced way back in February at Mobile World Congress, but after pre-orders opened in August, its release was delayed both in the US and in the UK.
HP.com ran out of stock in the US within just two days, and the device hasn't been available to order there since September 7; and after the Microsoft Store pushed back its release date by two weeks to September, it suddenly started shipping pre-orders last week, but it too has shown the handset as being out of stock for some time.
Now, there's a further delay affecting the Elite x3 - this time, not related to the handset itself, but to the operating system that runs on it.
An FAQ page on HP's website stated last month that the device would receive the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update "on or about September 13th". The Elite x3 has been shipping with a build of the November Update installed, but that version of the OS doesn't support certain features, including the handset's fingerprint reader.
But HP has now quietly updated that FAQ page, removing all references to its planned September rollout for that update. Instead, it now states:
When will Anniversary Update (Redstone 1) for the Elite X3 be available?
HP is working with Microsoft to release Windows 10 Mobile OS Anniversary Update (Redstone 1) for the Elite X3 in the coming weeks.
We are currently testing the update to ensure the highest quality of performance and stability.
That clearly leaves things far more open-ended, with no firm date set for delivering the update to the Elite x3.
Microsoft originally released the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update on August 16, and you can find out more about the new features and improvements that it brings in our review.