At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Acer is the next manufacturer backing Microsoft in its mobile journey by introducing a brand new Windows 10 Mobile handset. The device is called Liquid Jade Primo and it’s one of the first phones not manufactured by Microsoft with support for Continuum for phones.
Similar to Acer’s Liquid Jade Android, the Windows 10 handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer includes a brush metal fish design, but it’s just for showing, as the phone enclosure is a simple lightweight and thin plastic material. However, there is a sharp diamond-cut band that wraps the chassis and gives the device an even more polished look.
The Jade Primo phone features a significant loudspeaker on the rear, which provides additional symmetry with the camera housing, and the subtle curved back makes the device very comfortable to hold with one hand.
Perhaps one of the most exciting features of the handset is Continuum for phone provided in Windows 10 Mobile, which allows you to connect a secondary monitor, keyboard and mouse using a Display Dock or using a Type-C USB ready monitor to convert the phone into a PC-like experience. Identically to the Lumia 950 line, you can also use the phone display as a touchpad and virtual keyboard.
Acer Liquid Jade Primo tech specs
- 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) OLED display
- Ergonomic 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass screen
- Qualcomm Spandragon 808 Hexa-core processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of Storage
- 21MP f/2.2 rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash with 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording support
- 8MP f/2.2 front-facing camera boasts a wide-angle of up to 84-degrees with full HD 1080p video recording support
- Type-C USB connector
One of the downside, but not a dealbreaker, is that the new smartphone from Acer doesn’t include wireless charging cover like the Microsoft’s Lumia 950 line.
Initially, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo will be available across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), in February, before the company begins shipping in other regions. Pricing will begin at €569 ($611 US Dollar), but it’s important to keep in mind that pricing and availability will vary per region.
Acer is also aiming the second quarter of 2016 to bring the Liquid Jade Primo to United States.