Inside HP’s plan to turn smartphones into wire-free laptops – InfoWorld

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HP’s decision to return to the smartphone market with the Elite X3 wasn’t an easy one, especially given the company’s history of failure in the market for handsets.

HP’s ill-fated, 2010 acquisition of Palm, which it ended up jettisoning by 2014, has weighed heavily on the company.

After HP’s high hopes for Palm’s WebOS for smartphones were dashed, there was mixed opinion and many internal discussions over the viability of a return to the market. In the end, HP concluded that smartphone buyers could not be ignored. Smartphones are playing a larger role in computing since they can almost match laptops in horsepower and the sorts of software they can run.

The company is taking a cautious approach though, establishing a three-year timeline for success. HP is targeting the Elite X3 — which has a 5.96-inch screen and runs Windows 10 Mobile — at enterprises, but is open to launching a consumer handset, said Michael Park, general manager and global head of mobility at HP.

Inside HP’s plan to turn smartphones into wire-free laptops – InfoWorld