Jade PrimoAcer is setting the pace in the Windows 10 smartphone market with the launch of the Jade Primo – the first non-Microsoft device to arrive in the hit the UK with Windows 10 Continuum.

The device comes with Acer’s specially designed docking unit, so it can be attached to a screen and keyboard and used just like an ordinary desktop.  When connected to an external display, the phone’s 5.5-inch display can be used as a touchpad or as a keyboard if there is no full-size option.  This means that users could leave their laptops at home as long as they know there will be a screen to connect to at their destination.  The Jade Primo can also be directly connected to a projector or large screen and switched into ‘Presenter View’ mode to run presentations or play videos.

The display uses curved 2.5D Gorilla Glass, is Full HD AMOLED and has a 176-degree wide-viewing angle and 10000:1 contrast ratio. Inside the Jade Primo is a hexa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, along with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. It also has a 21MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash that supports up to 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording. The 8MP front-facing camera has an 84-degrees wide-angle capability and supports full HD 1080p video recording.

The Acer Jade Primo is a demonstration of how seriously the Windows Mobile platform is being taken. Windows10 Mobile is expanding and traditional IT vendors are starting to bring their innovation and R&D prowess into play. The Jade Primo is perhaps first ‘hybrid’ smartphone that doubles-up as a PC. It takes the whole mobility concept one step further and is perhaps, an indication of the shape of things to come.