Acer announces the Jade Primo smartphone, which can turn into a PC with the help of Microsoft Continuum. The handset will be shipped with a docking station, wireless keyboard and mouse.
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Acer announced a new smartphone called Jade Primo, which will come running on Windows 10 Mobile. The Jade Primo will be one of the first handsets that will use Microsoft's Continuum for Phone software, which enables seamless transition from mobile to desktop modes.
Acer describes the Jade Primo as a "Pocket PC" as it has all it needs to run Microsoft's latest operating system and all its new features.
With the help of Continuum, users will be able to continue work of their PC on the Jade Primo.
"With Continuum you can use a keyboard and mouse when you choose, or you can optimize your screen for a great touch experience-it is up to you," perÂ a Windows blog.
Acer did not reveal detailed specs of the upcoming Jade Primo, but the handset will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. The smartphone will be equipped with a 21MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash and an 8MP selfie camera. A powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor will power the device.
A docking station is needed to connect the Jade Primo to a PC. The latest Acer offering will be shipped with a docking station, a wireless mouse and a keyboard.
Once the Jade Primo is connected to the docking station, users can view their Windows desktop and a Start menu-style interface on the connected display. With the help of a connected keyboard and a mouse, users will have the ability to open apps such as Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Maps and more.
When the phone is disconnected from the docking station, then the external display will go dark; however, users will still be able to run the apps on their handset.
Acer has not announced the price or release date of the Jade Primo; however, the handset might make it to store shelves sometime in 2016. Regional availability of the Acer smartphone also remains unknown at the moment.
Acer sells mobile phones in the U.S. but most of them are entry-level models. It will be interesting to see if the handset makes it way to the U.S.
Photo: Michael Walsh | Flickr