Last week may have brought us Microsoft’s big Windows 10 device event, but we are far from done with checking out new hardware running the company’s latest platform. A few days back we learned of Acer’s intent to introduce its own latest device lineup, and the company’s been doing just that overnight. That means plenty of new laptop and tablet hardware, but maybe the most interesting news to emerge from Acer’s announcements concerns its new Windows 10 smartphone, and the nice accessory package the manufacturer’s bundling with it.
We’re talking about the Acer Liquid Jade Primo, first revealed at IFA last month. It’s a 5.5-inch 1080p OLED handset with 3GB of RAM, a 21MP/8MP camera pair, a Snapdragon 808 SoC under the hood, and USB type-C connectivity. That’s a solid set of specs on its own, but Acer’s not done yet.
One of the biggest features of Windows 10 for smartphones is Continuum, letting you connect a handset to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and use the phone with a familiar desktop, PC-like interface. With Microsoft’s new Lumia models, though, getting access to Continuum means spending an extra $100 on the required Display Dock accessory.
With the Jade Primo, Acer doesn’t want anyone missing out on Continuum, so it’s selling the phone bundled with its own Continuum dock. Not just that, but the phone also comes with a keyboard and mouse. Basically, all you’ll need to start using the Jade Primo as a portable desktop is a spare monitor.
Of course, just how good a deal that really is will depend a lot on pricing, and we don’t have those details quite yet. Is the idea of bundling Continuum hardware a trend you’re hopeful will catch on, or would you prefer manufacturers kept things simple and left Continuum as an optional extra?