Acer’s New Windows Phone With Continuum Starts Shipping Today

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Back at CES 2016, I got a quick look at the Acer Liquid Jade Primo and today, the company is announcing that this device is now shipping; Acer is hosting a press conference in NYC where the announcement was made.

One of the key features of the phone is that it supports Continuum, the feature that allows you to extend the device to an external display and use it like a traditional PC. Considering that the Lumia 950 is the only well-known phone that supports this feature, the phone announced today is entering a market where it can make a name for itself but faces a strong uphill in the smartphone marketplace.

chrome_2016-04-21_11-51-53One unique thing Acer is doing with this phone is offering a bundle pack that includes PC monitor, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and a dock; everything you need to make this device the only PC you need. Of course, Continuum still has limitations and is not as powerful as its x86 desktop counterpart.

The phone has a 5.5in full HD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 21MP shooter with dual flash LEDs, and an 8MP front facing camera. While this is a higher end device, it’s nothing too special as these specs have become more common in premium devices but at least  this gives consumers another option and it sits nicely between the 950 at 5.2in and the 950XL at 5.7in display sizes.

Considering that Windows Phone needs all the love it can get, this is a good sign for the platform that finds itself in a tough position in the market. Still, with Acer joining the ranks, it gives fans who are looking for a new device another option which is never a bad thing.

Acer did say the phone is shipping worldwide but I haven’t found US pricing yet and last thing I heard was that it wasn’t coming to the US: €599.99 for the device and €799.99 for the premium pack.

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