Microsoft reduces discount on HP Elite x3 and Desk Dock bundle; now $200 off

Three months ago, Microsoft slashed $200 off the cost of HP's Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile flagship, along with the Desk Dock accessory, cutting its price from $799 to $599. In mid-July, it increased that discount by a further $100, reducing it to $499.

Now, Microsoft has ditched the extra $100 discount, nudging the price of the Elite x3 and Desk Dock bundle back up to $599. That's still significantly less than the bundle's current price at HP.com, where it's currently being sold for $779.

$69 off the full price of $848, apparently - but HP has never sold this bundle at $848 before

Bizarrely, HP claims to be offering $69 off the bundle, putting its 'full' list price at $848, despite the fact that the company has never sold it at that price. HP opened pre-orders for the bundle at $799 in September, and its list price has remained at that amount ever since. There are three possibilities: 1) HP has increased the standard price of the bundle; 2) it's overstated the list price to make its $69 discount appear more generous; or 3) it's an error in the listing.

Considering HP's odd pricing strategy in the UK - where it's been raising and reducing the cost of the bundle every few weeks since it launched - anything seems possible.

The Elite x3 isn't exactly a 'new' device any more. It was originally announced a year and a half ago, and its 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.

Source: Microsoft Store

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