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Acer Is Not Screwing Around

Fully live with Windows 10’s Continuum feature, the Jade Primo can hook up to a monitor, keyboard and mouse and run apps just like we would on a Windows desktop PC.

This year during IFA, Acer debuted the Jade Primo. Touted as “the Windows 10 phone that doubles as a PC”, this was a demonstration hard to forget.

Fully live with Windows 10’s Continuum feature, the Jade Primo can hook up to a monitor, keyboard and mouse and run apps just like we would on a Windows desktop PC.

This handset is unlike any other before it. By simply dropping it in Acer’s desktop dock, the Continuum goes live, and lets you run all your Universal apps on the giant desktop screen.

While the phone does support Continuum, sadly, you can’t run any old Windows app on it because the phone is powered by a Snapdragon, which means the ARM-based chip can’t run x86 apps.

Never fear though, Microsoft was prepared for the switch, and has had developers programming away, and by the time the device becomes available, Universal apps available for Windows 10, Continuum-friendly phones should be a-plenty.

Calling it the “pocket PC” instead of a smartphone, Acer won’t be the first to debut Windows 10 (that glory goes instead to the Lumia 950 and 950XL) but perhaps it will be the handset to best showcase all its features.

Obviously, the sticking point of the Jade Primo is that Microsoft is now pairing powerhouse devices to their powerhouse Windows 10 operating system.

The 5.5-inch screen with full HD, 1080 pixel resolution packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 hexa-core 808 processor. It also has two very fancy cameras, a 21 megapixel on the back and an 8 megapixel on the front.

There is no word of just when the Jade Primo will hit the shelves, but Acer is already promising to a deliver a second generation model with better specs.

Obviously, the sticking point of the Jade Primo is that Microsoft is now pairing powerhouse devices to their powerhouse Windows 10 operating system.

Importantly, the “new ambassador to a whole new line of Windows 10 devices” is re-creating the vision of what a seamless, portable PC looks like; this new vision fits in the palm of your hand.

The “new ambassador to a whole new line of Windows 10 devices” is re-creating the vision of what a seamless, portable PC looks like; this new vision fits in the palm of your hand.

It’s not a coincidence that this device is coming from Acer, instead of Microsoft themselves. The new Lumia’s are Microsoft’s first stab at solo hardware design. And now that Microsoft has this brand new, premium  software, it is looking for brand new, premium hardware hosts.

Sadly, there is a tragic lack of premium Windows devices.

Also released at IFA was Acer’s new line of Predator gaming devices. At its release, the Predator 6 handset packed the most impressive specs of any consumer phone ever. Now one of the two superphones in the world, it’s clear that Acer has big plans for the future.

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