The IFA trade show is under way in Berlin this week, where many of the world's biggest tech brands will unveil new hardware ahead of the all-important holiday shopping season. Acer was among the first to show off some of its new devices today, including its new Windows 10 Mobile handset.
Acer returned to producing Windows phones earlier this year, with the launch of its entry-level Liquid M220. But with its first Windows 10 Mobile handset, Acer is targeting the other end of the market, with a flagship-class device that supports Microsoft's new Phone Continuum feature.
That device is the Jade Primo, which features exactly the kind of high-end specs that many Microsoft fans have been yearning for, after a torrent of low-cost Windows handsets flooded the platform in recent months. The Acer handset features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, along with a 21-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel selfie cam.
But Continuum will be one of the device's stand-out features when it goes on sale - and it was one that Acer was especially keen to highlight. Acer refers to the Jade Primo as 'your pocket PC' (there's a blast from branding past!), which certainly captures the essence of what Continuum is about.
Continuum allows you to connect a mouse and keyboard to your phone, and then connect the phone to a display, effectively turning your handset into an ultra-portable PC. Even the Windows 10 Mobile user interface adapts to more closely replicate the PC experience on your handset when in Continuum mode.
Acer not only showed off the handset today, but also gave a glimpse of the device in a new Continuum dock. It's not yet clear if this dock is an Acer product, or if the handset is compatible with Microsoft's Continuum accessories, which the US company expected to unveil alongside its own Lumia flagships next month.
Acer said that the Jade Primo will ship with a "whole range of accessories to make your experience completely seamless": the docking station, wireless mouse, keyboard, and more. The company added that it also has monitors that are 'Continuum-ready'. However, details of pricing and availability were not revealed.