Today, Acer is announcing the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone. This device is supposed to be their flagship smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile. This means the latest SoC, Snapdragon 808, a 5.5” FHD AMOLED display, a 21MP f/2.2 rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and 802.11ac MIMO WiFi. In order to better support Continuum, the Liquid Jade Primo also supports USB-C and can connect an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse for enhanced productivity.

Acer indicates that the antennas are integrated into the back cover with laser direct structuring, which is an industry standard method for placing antennas in a back cover. The display is also said to have on-cell touch, which is standard for all SAMOLED displays. The Liquid Jade Primo also has some cooling system without much detail in the press release, but it wouldn’t be a big surprise to discover either the use of heat pipes and/or thermal paste to help disperse heat.

Pricing for the Liquid Jade Primo is currently unknown, but the specs are fairly high end so it'll be interesting to see if Acer will try to undercut the Lumia 950 and 950 XL on price.

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  • jjj - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    To use SD808 in anything new is not cool at all, guess MS finds itself behind the curve with it's SoC support once again.
  • londedoganet - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    What would be the alternative? The SD810 now has a (somewhat-undeserved) reputation for being a heat monster, I'm pretty sure no one outside of Samsung uses the Exynos, the words "MediaTek" and "HiSilicon" would be anathema to most fanboys, and the SD820 is still a few months away from seeing release in a consumer product (additionally, I'm guessing that Samsung gets first pick of it anyway for the Galaxy S7).
  • jjj - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    The alternative is SD650 ,better and cheaper.
  • DanNeely - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    At this point the 650/652 would be bleeding edge parts. Are they shipping on any major products yet?
  • Flunk - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    Windows Mobile 10 doesn't support any chips newer than the Snapdragon 810 yet.
  • lilmoe - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link


    It's really sad how all bloggers are intentionally misleading people. The memory controller, caches and especially the GPU on the 808 are nothing but CRAP, even when compared to the SD 805.
  • lilmoe - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    ARM needs to start working close with Microsoft to release good working drivers for their Mali GPUs. Like ASAP.

    I want to see Exynos running Windows 10 Mobile. Better yet, a Galaxy S7 with Exynos. But I'll settle with a SD 820 powered GS7 running W10M though.
  • Samus - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    Windows 10 doesn't need a powerful SoC. Windows Mobile never has. Android is the only mobile OS that demands a powerful SoC because it's rarely optimized for a specific ARM design. Apple and Microsoft optimize for a specific reference architecture, and it pays off in the end product.
  • cycomiko - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    iOS requires a reasonably powerful system as well. It shouldn't, but they like to slow down the previous generations as much as possible.
  • usama_ah - Monday, January 4, 2016 - link

    For Continuity purposes I think the criticism is valid but otherwise we've so quickly reached the point of "good enough" that using an SD810 does not bring that much benefit compared to cost. I'm just happy someone other than MSFT is making a Windows Phone (though I'm an Android user, I want more competition than Apple and Android OEMs). It's much too early, and too costly, to have an SD820 for a phone that runs an OS that has not made any dent in the market. I imagine the SD808 has the perfect blend of performance and cost for this flagship series. I can tell you my Moto X Pure Edition does not feel slow with the SD808.

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