I am just reading between the lines:
"We are committed to the phone space" (not even saying "smart phones," or "consumer phones" or anything else that might related to phones in the sense we are talking about -- what IS "phone space" anyhow??), with a refusal to talk about anything else, speaks volumes to me in a press release.
Completely and intentionally vague.
Note that the portion about HP being "completely serious about smartphones" is a quote from the AUTHOR of the article, not from HP.
And HP declined to say any more.
If you take comfort in that, great. We really won't know til we know, so no need to hash it.
We read this information differently and I doubt further analysis of their statements will convince either of us. Time will tell.