It seems the death knell for Windows Phone/Mobile has yet to fall. Indeed, At the IFA2015 conference in Berlin, Germany, Acer announced not one, not two but three Windows Mobile 10 phones. Two are aimed at low to mid range markets while the third is a high end phone called Jade Primo.
So what, you say?
Well, this phone also is capable of Contiuum, the Windows feature that turns the phone into a desktop computer.
Yes, that’s right, a desktop computer.
Think about that.
Yes, I know, Motorola tried and failed with the Atrix. Those laptop docks are now used, by many, for keyboard and displays for the Raspberry Pi.
So, the Jade Primo can be used as a computer, but, how? Simple. It ships with a dock, keyboard and mouse. Plug the phone into the dock and a monitor into the dock and, viola! Instant computer.
The way it works is that the monitor displays something akin to a desktop, with a start button. The phone’s screen is used separately from the monitor. The phone can run the Universal apps, so Office Mobile runs, and a whole host of universal apps, all at full resolution, full screen on the monitor. The mouse and keyboard work just as they would on a ‘real’ computer. Imagine, just carrying the phone and the small dock and no laptop or even a tablet. There are a ton of possibilities here, and, since it is Windows, I don’t think it will suffer the same fate as the Atrix—which, in itself, was a worthy effort from Motorola, perhaps a bit ahead of its time.
Of course, Microsoft has yet to present at IFA, so there’s no telling what they will introduce. Rumor is that they are also bringing out Continuum enabled phones, but we will see..
Other companies announcing Windows Mobile devices include Asus and Xiaomi.