Acer officially announced its Windows 10-powered Liquid Jade Primo smartphone, which has USB-C and offers support for Continuum. It’s designed to serve the same role as Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 and 950 XL, which is to say, a high-end handset that can be combined with certain technologies to double as a lightweight productivity machine.
We reported weeks back that ST Liew, President of Acer's Smartphone Business Group, was effusive in saying that the Liquid Jade Primo would ship with a spate of peripherals -- a keyboard, mouse, docking station and maybe, just maybe, even a monitor. In other words, a full productivity package based on the smartphone and enabled by USB-C and Microsoft technology.
It would seem with this announcement that Acer has backed off on that pledge significantly. The phone is shipping by itself, apparently, and reading between the lines of the press materials Acer provided, Microsoft’s Display Dock will serve in place of any kind of Acer-made dock.
Under The Hood
In any case, the handset has some handsome specs all on its own.
|Acer Liquid Jade Primo|
|Display||-5.5-inch AMOLED-1080p HD-100 % NTSC color gamut-10000:1 contrast-176-degree wide viewing angles-2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (hexacore)|
|Camera||-Rear: 21MP autofocus f/2.2, dual LED flash, up to 4k (3840 x 2160) video recording-Front: 8MP f/2.2, 84-degree wide angle, up to 1080p HD recording|
|Connectivity||-LTE Cat. 6 -802.11ac MIMO -USB Type-C (with PD)|
|Misc.||-Chassis: direct structuring(LDS) technology-On-cell touch technology-BitLocker technology -Support for Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA DM) v1.2, Microsoft Intune|
|Availability||February (EMEA only), coming to U.S. in March|
|Price||€569, NA prcing TBA|
It’s unfortunate that the Liquid Jade Primo will not be shipping with branded peripherals, although perhaps it’s for the best (a $99 Display Dock and the mouse and keyboard you already have will do fine), or maybe the peripherals are still coming.
The Liquid Jade Primo is, in any case, a well-appointed Windows 10-powered device, and there are precious few of those on the market at present.
The smartphone will come first to the EMEA, in February, but it should be available in the U.S. in March. EMEA pricing is €569; there's no word yet on U.S. pricing.