Here’s a shock, a Windows 10 smartphone has been announced that doesn’t have the Microsoft or Lumia name on the back. It’s the Acer Jade Primo, and outside it not being a Microsoft phone, its arrival isn’t actually a shock at all. The phone was previously teased in September, but a working model wasn’t shown off at the time. Now, the Jade Primo has been revealed in all its glory, given a price and release date, plus a complete spec list.
Updated on 02-26-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in news of a U.S. and U.K. launch and expected price for the Jade Primo
Where to buy the Jade Primo
In February 2016, Acer initially only provided release details for the Jade Primo in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The price was given as 570 euros, or about $620, but no final date was confirmed. This is also a starting price, which may mean a package with other accessories essential to Continuum will cost more.
During Mobile World Congress, Acer told Digital Trends the Jade Primo would launch in the U.S. and the U.K. very soon. If you’re in the U.S., the Jade Primo will come as a pack with the dock, mouse, and keyboard for $650, with a projected release date of sometime in May. In the U.K., the price will be £450 with the dock for Contiuum. Acer said it’s primarily expecting to sell the pack to businesses, rather than consumers.
Jade Primo has strong specs
The big draw here is the Jade Primo’s complete support for Windows 10 Continuum, where with the help of a selection of special accessories and an external monitor, the Jade Primo becomes the centre of a PC-like experience on the move. Acer will sell key accessories separately and with the phone, but these options will vary by region.
Equipped with a large, 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen, the Jade Primo is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM, and has a special cooling system to help everything run at the optimum temperature. There are two cameras onboard, a 21-megapixel camera on the rear, and an 8-megapixel cam above the screen. A total of 32GB onboard storage is yours to fill up.
Acer has made an effort with the design and feel of the Jade Primo, too. The body has a textured, hairline-brushed finish and the screen is covered in 2.5D Gorilla Glass, plus a clever antenna has been integrated into the body to ensure the phone is as slim as possible. In addition to Continuum, Acer has packed in some Enterprise-grade security and management features, to help grab the interest of business-types.
We’ll keep you updated on the Jade Primo’s release, so check back often if you’re interested in picking one up.