Acer's slick Jade Primo is the first Windows 10 'PC phone'
But will it ship within the United States? Acer hasn’t said.
Microsoft has long said that its Continuum feature for Windows 10 Mobile would enable PC-like performance when your phone’s connected to an external monitor. Now, Acer is seizing upon that concept with the Jade Primo, its first “PC phone” – and one that blows most of the existing Microsoft Lumia phones away.
This is the flagship phone that Windows Phone customers have been pleading for, with a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display on the front, and what appears to be a return to form in camera quality: 21 megapixels, with dual flashlights on the back. On the front, there’s an 8MP camera as well. Inside will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip, one of the first of the new generation to appear in a phone.
“This is absolutely, dare I say it, the first PC phone,” said Jason Chen, the chief executive of Acer.
Acer executives said that they’ll ship a small docking station with the Jade Primo phone, allowing it to connect to an HDMI monitor, apparently for those who don’t have a cord. Executives showed off the phone running the Mail app on Windows 10, connected via a wired connection to the Windows 10 computer.
Why this matters : The promise of Continuum on Windows 10 Mobile is lies in using your phone as your PC. By connecting it to a monior, you’ll be able to run standard Windows apps from your phone, expanded to the appropriate size on the display. Suddenly, those who have invested in a Windows phone have a way to sell it: as a miniature PC.