GADGETS | Quickie Review: Acer Liquid Jade Primo

Our rating

"Good enough."

What is it?

The Acer Liquid Primo is a 5.5. inch premium smartphone running on Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile.

Equipped with Continuum, it allows Windows 10 universal apps to provide a PC-like experience when the smartphone is connected with a secondary display.

Who is it for?

If you’re that kind of a business professional who bring along work from the office this smartphone is for you.

The Liquid Primo comes in a complete package that include — aside from the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone itself — a wireless keyboard and mouse, and a Continuum dock to connect to any TV or computer monitor with an HDMI connector. The monitor, of course, is not included.

Nonetheless, Windows Continuum is one of the best features one can get from Windows 10 Mobile.

Once you get the right peripherals connected, your mobile device instantly becomes a full-fledged desktop computer, operating from the processing power of your smartphone. You can work on popular Windows desktop apps such as Office365, Instagram, VLC Player, Viber, Skype among others, where the main objective here is productivity.

Don’t expect smooth or lag-free operation, however. It’s not perfect but the idea works.

The good

High megapixel camera
Decent selfie camera
AMOLED display
Desktop kit

The bad
Limited Windows 10 Mobile apps

Our verdict

Can you actually use your Windows 10 smartphone like a desktop PC? The answer is definitely YES. And like we said: the idea behind Microsoft’s Continuum works.

And to have a complete experience, Acer has decided to give you a complete (sans monitor) Continuum package — smartphone, dock, wireless mouse and keyboard.

Will Windows 10 mobile completely replace the desktop PC? The answer is NO. We don’t see it that way. Not for now, at least.

The phone itself works best on its own as a regular premium smartphone. No qualms about that. The Continuum aspect is an added touch on how powerful Windows 10 mobile really is.

Acer Liquid Jade Primo quick specs:

Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz 6-core processor
Display – 5.5-inch display, at 400 ppi / dpi (pixels per inch)
Storage – 32GB, microSD up to 128GB
Main camera – 21MP, f/2.2 auto-focus, dual LED-flash, 4K support
Front camera – 8MP, f/2.2, 84-degrees wide-angle
Network – 3G, 4G LTE
Connectivity – 802.11, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth ver.4.0 with A2DP, A-GPS, USB Port, Type-C Reversible version
Battery – 3000-mAh
OS – MS Windows 10
Dimensions – 156.5mm x 75.9mm x 8.4mm
Weight – 150 grams

Inside the Acer Liquid Jade Primo desktop kit

Acer Liquid Jade Primo
Smart Cover
Continuum Dock
Wireless Keyboard
Wireless Mouse
AC power adapter
AC power cord
SIM key
(Monitor NOT included)

SRP: P32,000