Acer liquid jade primo review: acer bets big on a windows phone as your next pc


Acer has made a fine Windows 10 phone in the Liquid Jade Primo, but it"s hard to recommend outside the enterprise.

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ByRichard Devinelast updated 12 August 20

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The Acer Jade Primo (opens in new tab) is a good phone, that much isn"t in doubt. But it"s also a good phone let down in a few key areas. The camera is slow and it"s more expensive than we"d lượt thích when approaching from a consumer standpoint. The Jade Primo và its "pocket PC" approach makes much more sense in enterprise where it"s certainly an attractive proposition. For Average Joe, the Lumia 950 phones are still the ones to lớn get instead.


Fantastic displayGreat designHigh-end hardware


Camera is sloooooooowNo Anniversary UpdateExpensive

Acer Liquid Jade Primo full review

It seems lượt thích an age now since Acer first announced the Jade Primo, back in a packed, sweaty room in Berlin at IFA 2015. It"s been a long, slow road since then but it"s now on sale and beginning to lớn pack pockets in some areas of the world.

Acer claimed the crown for being the first to announce a high-end Windows 10 phone, one supporting Continuum and all its fanciness. Before even Microsoft, with the Lumia 950 phones coming a couple of months later.

The Jade Primo is an interesting device for a number of reasons, which is why we"re taking a look at it. There"s a very definite enterprise play from Acer, but what about consumers? Is it worth buying?

Acer Liquid Jade Primo specs

Display:5.5-inch Full HD display1920x1080 resolutionAMOLEDProcessor:2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor3GB RAM2870mAh batteryStorage32GB internal storagemicroSD thẻ slotUSB-CCamera21MP rear camera8MP front camera

Acer Liquid Jade Primo hardware and software

Acer Jade Primo

One on hand you have a phone a lot lượt thích Microsoft"s Lumia 950, on another hand something quite different. Neither of those two statements are in any way a sleight on the Jade Primo, but it also helps khổng lồ temper expectations.

Unlike the HP approach of throwing literally everything at the phone and making it stick, Acer"s hardware is more reserved while still focusing on the enterprise. Inside you"ll find a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM & 32GB of storage. Staring back at you is "only" a 1920x1080 resolution display.

And what a nice display it is. Lovely, deep blacks & vibrant colors are a treat for the eyes. This is one of the best displays on a current Windows phone at any resolution. Though it is on the bright side, even at minimum settings. What"s also a treat is that this isn"t just a rectangle with a screen (looking at you Lumia 950), there is some shape, some style. The Jade Primo is more pebble-like, with a curved back và rounded corners that just sinks into your palm.

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Considering the target crowd are people who will be glued lớn their phones all day, it"s an important detail. This also helps the phone feel smaller than it actually is. In reality it"s between the Lumia 950 và 950 XL in size, with a 5.5-inch display, but as it"s narrower than the larger of Microsoft"s flagships it"s much less of a thing lớn handle.

With the Jade Primo you can get a full PC thiết lập in the same box

The internals are plenty powerful enough for Windows 10 Mobile, and more importantly Continuum, but they"re still decidedly old hat in the greater điện thoại thông minh landscape. The Snapdragon 808 has been around for a while, even when the Jade Primo was also announced 12 months ago. Operationally it"s not really an issue, but given the price of the hardware it"s a little disappointing.

With the Jade Primo there is, however, more on the table than just a phone. Acer has a multitude of accessories to offer alongside it providing a full "PC in a box" experience. While we didn"t receive a monitor, our review package came with the Display Dock, a keyboard, and a mouse.

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Acer"s Display Dock has a leg up on Microsoft"s too, in that it"s also a charging cradle for the phone. It"s not quite as portable, but it"s also not designed lớn be. It"s all plastic, kitted out with a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports & a HDMI out. It"ll charge the phone, too, but through a proprietary port, not USB-C. Hence leaving it on your desk & not taking it with you.

Acer Jade Primo

Again, it"s all part of the enterprise hardware play, và it"s smart. Acer can go to its partners with everything in a big box lớn sell instead of a phone and a laptop. For a heap of enterprise users, Continuum will be plenty.

There"s currently no Anniversary Update or word on when it"ll come

Gone are the days that buying a non-Lumia Windows phone would result in a sub-par software experience. Thankfully, the same stock apps are now available across the board which means a consistent experience.

There"s nothing fancy pre-loaded, nothing out of the ordinary, just plain old Windows 10 Mobile. It doesn"t yet have the Anniversary Update, and at this point we"ve heard nothing official on if or when it"ll be landing. That"s disappointing in itself, but it"s also something that won"t be exclusive lớn Acer. It"s the biggest issue with the software on the Jade Primo & sure, consumers may be a little more peeved than the enterprise folks.

But having seen the improvements made lớn the HP Elite X3 & even Microsoft"s own Lumia phones with the Anniversary Update, I"d say Acer needs khổng lồ get on it pronto.

Acer Liquid Jade Primo performance

Acer Jade Primo

The Jade Primo is mostly a match for the Lumia 950 on hardware, so we"d expect a similar màn chơi of performance. The big difference is the screen resolution so you"d expect a bit better battery life, but otherwise that assumption of equal performance is right on.

That is, it"s very good. Windows 10 smartphone has come a long way since the early days và it"s now smooth, snappy và generally pleasant to lớn use. Continuum is nice khổng lồ use, too, which is no doubt a comfort khổng lồ the enterprise folks eyeing one. It still surprises me to that you can bởi vì such a thing with a mobile telephone.

Where the Jade Primo does fall down is in camera performance. Not so much the pictures, but its speed. If you"re coming from a Lumia you"ll notice how bad the camera is here. It"s slow. Really slow. It doesn"t matter whether you let it pick the focus point or you manually mix it, you wait what feels lượt thích an age for the camera to lớn focus and snap a shot.

Acer Liquid Jade Primo camera

Acer Jade Primo

Don"t fall into the trap of thinking high megapixels means a top-notch camera on the Jade Primo. It"s not that it"s bad, but on a phone that costs what this does you"d expect so much more. It"s terribly slow at both focusing and capturing, which means it"s not much use for those quick fleeting shots of kids, for example. Indeed I stopped trying lớn photograph my 2-year-old because he moves a lot faster than the Jade Primo focuses.

When you"ve got the time khổng lồ compose the shot properly the pictures that come out are decent. One critique would be that even on bright days images come out a little dark looking. But, it"s not bad in low-light situations & the front facing camera is stronger than you"ll find on the Lumia 950.

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