The Acer Liquid Jade Primo is a rare specimen, a distinctive breed of Windows running smartphone, as WP running devices are still rare on a market dominated by droids.
Just as a simple matter of fact, the WP market share is just (actually less) 2%, hence WP running smartphones are not so many.
Enter Acer Liquid Jade Primo, an interesting specimen of an extremely rare breed, boasting its flagship grade platform and design, very much the same in terms of hardware power with the Microsoft flagship, the Lumia 950.
The Acer Liquid Jade Primo was announced way back in 2015, at IFA in September, and just like Microsoft, the Taiwanese company was not at all in a hurry about coming up and face the music with this smartphone.
The tardiness explains while the WP flagship relies on last year’s best hardware platform, i.e. the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808, when compared to the latest and greatest Snapdragon 820, which is all the rage nowadays in high-end droids.
But you don’t have to worry, as Windows Phone 10 OS cruises elegantly wasted even on low end platforms such as the Snapdragon 2xx series, being optimized to run fluently on low-powered devices.
As you can imagine, the Snapdragon 808 feels like a Ferrari compared to 2xx series, so expect a smooth “sailing” and a pleasant Windows experience on your Acer Liquid Jade Primo, all things being equal.
Now, what’s up with “Primo” ? The current flagship of the Taiwanese manufactures comes with a 5.5 inches AMOLED display, which is arguably the best display you can use on a smartphone running on Windows’es black backgrounds.
Unlike the Microsoft Lumia, I am talking about the upper bracket, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo kept the resolution decent or modest, at a conservative Full HD 1080p, which is more than enough if you’re not obsessed with tech specs.
Also, you do get all the bells and whistles of the WP 10 OS, such as the Continuum gizmo, a cool 21 megapixels shooter capable of 4K videos, an eight megapixels selfie/video-calling secondary camera on the front panel, USB Type C connectivity, Wi-Fi ac, pretty much anything you could expect from a modern day smartphone, almost but the kitchen sink sort of a deal.
However, the battery is non-removable, at least by the user, and there’s no finger print sensor, which is actually a no-go for me when buying smartphones, as I hate Big Brother technology.
The smartphone measures 156.5 x 75.9 x 8.4 mm, being larger than the Microsoft Lumia 950 in all departments but it has the same 150 grams of weight. The smartphone’s body is built using poly-carbonate while the back panel features a cool looking brushed metal design, being very convincing but still a plastic-job.
Also, the back of the Primo is nicely curved, making for a very pleasant handling experience, offering a secure grip and being fingerprint resistant, a rare thing these days.
The 5.5 inches display is an AMOLED unit with 1080p resolution and 401 pixels per inch density. In terms of color rendering accuracy, the display of the Acer Liquid Jade Primo is pretty good, offering great outdoor visibility, on par with the Lumia 950.
One of the coolest features of the Windows 10 is the Continuum gizmo, which gives you the ability to transform your phone into something resembling a desktop, i.e. you can connect the Acer Liquid Jade Primo to a display/TV and add peripherals such a keyboard or a mouse.
The battery is a relatively modest 2800 mAh unit, which comes with an endurance rating of 56 hours, nothing to write home about, nothing exceptional, but your average smartphone performance.
Performance wise, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo is “numero uno”, as it runs on last year’s best thing, i.e. the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset. Until the expected arrival of the HP Elite X3 joining the race in a few months, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo stands proudly next to Lumia 950, being top dog for the moment. I mean, you can’t get anything better as we speak, in terms of performance, running on WP 10.
The 21 MP camera of the Acer Liquid Jade Primo comes with an interesting interface and lots of framing aids, but it feels rather sluggish, though the pics and videos are stunning, when it comes to good light. When the light goes down, the pics/vids become pretty messy, but that’s to be expected since Nokia hit the bucket.
The 4k videos are nothing short of spectacular, the video department being covered up properly.
Bottom line, the Acer Liquid Jade Primo was long awaited and it’s now ready to be shipped, later in April, offering convincing performance and a fluent WP 10 experience at a reasonable price tag. Or at least that’s what I hope for!