We first saw this phone being discussed way back in September at IFA, but at that time we were unable to get any hands on time. Now that it is official we can bring you the specs of the phone and it looks good.
Operating system- Windows 10 Mobile Processor- Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Display- 5.5-inch AMOLED at 1920×1080 (Full HD) resolution with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass
Internal storage- 32GB
Rear camera- 21MP f/2.2 dual-LED flash
4K video recording
Front camera- 8MP f/2.2 wide angle
1080p video recording
Connectivity- 802.11ac Wi-Fi Cat. 6 LTE
From February 2016 (EMEA), other regions to follow
Other- Continuum support, USB-C
Those are some pretty good looking specs and make for an interesting proposition when put up against the Lumia 950 from Microsoft. The real headline grabber here though is the fact that this is fully comparable with Continuum via the USB type C connector on its base. This will allow it to connect to a dock like the Microsoft brethren, making it possible to use Universal apps on the big screen. This is going to be the key to this and the Microsoft phones being successful.
The phone’s largish 5.5″ display promises to be vibrant and punchy at 1080p, although not 2k like the Lumia 950. This is not a bad thing in my book as it means for better battery normally. Also I can’t tell any difference as my eyes are too old and tired now. We also have a very capable 21mp camera on the back which should be good for some high quality photos and we can only but hope that Microsoft let it use the Lumia’s camera software as it is awesome.
The phone will have the Display dock bundled and is also going to be available with a Display Kit that will include a wireless keyboard and mouse with the pricing and availability of this tbc.
The phone is going to cost €569 which would possible means £418.70 if they convert things with the current exchange rate. I think it will be closer to £450 when it lands at the end of February.
Until then here is a little video courtesy of MobileGeeks
We hope to get hands on with one of these soon but until then we have some more content coming in the form of the Lumia 950XL review in the next few weeks.
Multitasking Multiplied: Acer Brings Productivity to the Next Level with the Liquid Jade Primo Smartphone
Enhanced productivity for professionals through Continuum, allowing Windows 10 universal apps to provide a PC-like experience when the smartphone is connected with a secondary display
Award-winning Acer Liquid Jade design DNA with sleek and slim profile, curved back cover that fits comfortably in the hand, and 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen
First-class visual experience with 5.5” Full HD AMOLED on-cell touch display, 21MP AF rear camera with dual LED flash, and 8MP wide-angle selfie cam.
Superior multitasking powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. LTE Cat. 6 and 802.11ac MIMO connectivity options make downloads a snap
Enterprise-grade security and device management features allow corporate IT personnel to help users be productive while safeguarding company information
LAS VEGAS, USA (January 4, 2016) Acer today announced the new Liquid Jade Primo, a 5.5-inch premium smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile. The Liquid Jade Primo provides ultimate productivity for professionals through Continuum, allowing Windows 10 universal apps to provide a PC-like experience when the smartphone is connected with a secondary display.
Award-winning Sleek Design
The Acer Liquid Jade Primo features Acer’s award-winning Liquid Jade design language, with a sleek and slim profile, curved back cover that fits comfortably in the hand, and ergonomic 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen. The rear and front covers feature a fine hairline-brushed finish, while a sharp diamond-cut band wraps the chassis and gives the smartphone an even more polished look. The cohesive circular-shaped receiver, rear camera, and speaker inherited from the Jade family adds a touch of elegance.
With a USB Type-C monitor, wireless display accessories, or the Display Dock, the Liquid Jade Primo can provide a PC-like experience on an external display with Windows 10 universal apps. It can be used as a touchpad and virtual keyboard, or a keyboard and mouse can be connected for multitasking on both the screen and on the external display; this unlocks use-cases such as:
Connecting the smartphone to a TV or monitor at hotels or anywhere on the go for productivity-intensive applications, so that the heavier laptop can be left at home.
Projecting presentation decks to a projector or large screen, while displaying the “Presenter View” on the smartphone.
Playing videos on the TV while using other apps on the smartphone simultaneously.
The Liquid Jade Primo features a stunning 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display that supports 100% of the NTSC colour gamut, with 10000:1 contrast, and 176-degree wide-viewing angles. A hexa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, along with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory provides powerful performance needed for multitasking, while LTE Cat. 6 and 802.11ac MIMO connectivity options makes downloads a snap. The 21MP f/2.2 auto-focus rear camera has dual LED flash and supports up to 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording, and the 8MP f/2.2 front-facing camera boasts a wide-angle of up to 84-degrees while supporting up to Full HD 1080p video recording.
To reduce the heat that resource-intensive multitasking brings, the Liquid Jade Primo features an advanced cooling system that efficiently dissipates the heat from the processor, while also reducing the overall rear surface temperature.
For a slimmer chassis, the Liquid Jade Primo’s antenna is formed by laser direct structuring (LDS) technology, allowing integration of the antenna and back cover. Also contributing to the slimmer profile is on-cell touch technology, which moves the touch layer onto the outer glass surface of the screen, eliminating the touch substrate layer.
Enterprise-Grade Security and Device Management
With BitLocker technology on Windows 10 Mobile, the Liquid Jade Primo allows for full encryption of all user data stored on internal memory, protecting the device from offline hardware-level attacks. For corporate users, the Liquid Jade Primo also supports device management solutions such as Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA DM) v1.2 and Microsoft Intune, so that IT personnel can help users be productive while safeguarding company information.
Pricing and Availability
The Acer Liquid Jade Primo will be available in EMEA in February with prices starting at €569 .-.
The Liquid Jade primo is available as a standalone purchase, bundled with the Display Dock, or available as a Desktop Kit with an additional keyboard and mouse. Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.