£199 the true price of the Acer Liquid Jade Primo?

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HP may be putting a lot of weight behind its Elite X3, but Acer did nothing of the sort behind its Liquid Jade Primo, the first Continuum-capable Windows 10 Mobile phone to be announced, just over a year ago. In fact, no review handsets were ever sent out, and you had to hunt around to even buy one until very recently, and at over £400. Which was over-priced in today's competitive smartphone world and given the unremarkable hardware. However, Microsoft just dropped its price for the unlocked Jade Primo to £199 on its UK Store, proving that there's quite a bit of unsold stock that someone would rather shift - and that the original price was indeed way off the mark.

Here's the relevant store page from Microsoft UK:

Acer drop

Which, let's face it, has gone from over-priced to 'rather great value'. Admittedly you don't get the Continuum display dock included, that's extra, but under £200 (inc VAT) is a very decent price for the Jade Primo. A reminder of the basic specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (MSM8992) Hexa Core Processor
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Mass memory: 32GB storage
  • microSD memory slot up to 128GB (SDXC compatible)
  • LTE: 800/ 1800 / 2100 /2600 MHz (EU); 900/1800/2600 MHz (TW);700/1700/1900/2600 MHz (PA)
  • HSPA+/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz (EU/TW); 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz (PA)
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 5.5" AMOLED Full HD 1080P (1920 x 1080) multi-touch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation
  • 2870 mAh non-replaceable Li-polymer battery
  • Main, rear camera: 21MP, auto focus, Dual LED flashlight
  • Front-facing camera: 8MP, fixed focus
  • Dual SIM
  • 3.5mm combo jack (headphone/speaker)
  • USB 3.1 (Type-C)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 EDR
  • 802.11ac WiFi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Light sensor, G sensor, E-Compass, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Gyro Sensor, GPS/AGPS
  • 156.5 x 75.9 x 8.4 mm (L x W x H)
  • 150 g

The obvious question is whether this is a special offer of some kind or a permanent price change. At £199 I do think that the phone will sell, so maybe it will do just that until stocks run out. Certainly there seems little enthusiasm from Acer for the Jade Primo project. Which also doesn't bode well for support should any AAWP readers buy one.

Comments welcome, do you own a Jade Primo? How's it holding up? I've been chasing a review unit for months and have gotten nowhere...

Source / Credit: Microsoft