HP unveiled the Elite x3 a year and a half ago, before launching the Windows 10 Mobile flagship in August 2016. In the UK, HP has been adjusting the cost of the handset and its Desk Dock accessory every few weeks, pushing its price up as high as £757.20, or reducing it to as little as £583.20.
Last month, HP cut the price of the Elite x3 with Desk Dock by 18%. The "save £124.20" notice on its product listing suggested that it might be another temporary discount, but the company has since removed that text, permanently setting the bundle's price at £549.
Other major UK retailers haven't yet caught up with HP's price cut. The Microsoft Store is continuing to sell the Elite x3 and Desk Dock for £689.99, while Carphone Warehouse still lists the bundle for £699.99, and the handset on its own for £679.99.
Given the age of the Elite x3, it's not surprising to see HP cutting its price now. Indeed, in the US, the Microsoft Store has been selling the Desk Dock bundle with a $300 discount for the last few weeks. Earlier this year, HP briefly showed a revised version of the phone, and a larger version of its notebook-style Lap Dock accessory - but five months later, its plans for those new models remain unclear.
The Elite x3's key specs include:
- 5.96-inch AMOLED with Quad HD (2560x1440px) resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and anti-reflective coating
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB onboard storage (plus microSD card support)
- 16MP rear camera
- 8MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.0
- NFC support
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Optional dual-SIM support
- USB 3.0 port with Type-C connector
- Iris scanner
- Fingerprint scanner
- IP67 rating for dust- and water-resistance
- MIL-STD-810G rating, assuring device protection for drops from up to 1 meter
- Pogo pins
- Qi wireless charging
- 4150mAh battery
- 161.8 x 83.5 x 7.8mm; 194g
Make sure you check out our HP Elite x3 review if you're thinking of buying one.