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Comparison: Acer Liquid Jade Primo vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Acer has announced the Liquid Jade Primo, again. It was first unveiled during IFA 2014 and nothing has changed about it. It’s still a 5.5-inch smartphone running the latest Windows 10 Mobile and can turn to a portable desktop PC with the support of Continuum.

It’s Acer’s flagship Windows 10 Mobile device and competition in that range is still limited with just a few contenders. Among them is Microsoft’s own flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, the Lumia 950 XL. Here is a quick comparison of the two:


Acer Liquid Jade PrimoMicrosoft Lumia 950 XL
5.5-inch AMOLED display @ 1080 x 1920 pixels, 401ppi
5.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display @ 2560 x 1440
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
1.82GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU
2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset
Adreno 418 GPU
Adreno 439 GPU
32GB internal storage
32GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 128GBExpandable via microSD, up to 200GB
21-megapixel rear camera w/ dual-LED flash20-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics, triple-LED flash
8-megapixel front camera5-megapixel front camera
WiFi 802.11ac, MIMO
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, MIMO
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth 4.1
USB Type-C
USB Type-C
3,000mAh battery
3340mAh Li-Ion battery
Windows 10 Mobile
Windows 10 Mobile

With the XL name attached to it, the Lumia 950 XL has a larger and sharper WQHD 5.7-inch display over Liquid Jade Primo’s Full HD 5.5-inch panel. They may differ in size but both use the same display technology — AMOLED. Both offer rich blacks, punchy colors, and their own proprietary enhancements.

In terms of chipset, Acer went for the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 over the more powerful Snapdragon 810. This is probably due to the overheating issue which is already addressed by Qualcomm. Still, Microsoft Lumia 950 XL has a nifty liquid-cooling tech happening inside it to keep things cooler. Nevertheless, both hardware are capable of giving smooth, reliable operation and support for Windows 10 Continuum.

Megapixel count is at par with each other and so are their connectivity radios like 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, MIMO, GPS, and the latest USB Type-C. NFC, on the other hand, is not featured on the Acer device.

Giving ample juice to Acer is its 3000mAh battery while the Microsoft has a bigger 3340mAh battery. Both are enough to give Windows 10 Mobile a long run with you on-the-go.

The Acer Liquid Jade Primo is said to hit the shelves in February in Europe, the Middle East and Africa starting at €569 or around Php29,000 but based on our first reports it is to be sold in the Philippines for Php18,990. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, on the other hand, is already locally available for Php32,990.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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5 Responses

  1. mouse user says:

    Author could’ve mentioned the Iris scanner of the Lumia for the new Windows Hello feature as this is still part of the hardware. Also, Lumia 950 might be the better match for the Primo as both have the SD808 chip.

    • shutter says:

      Bakit sabi sa spec sheet yung lumia 810?

    • mouse user says:

      @Shutter opo, yung Lumia 950XL po naka SD810 pero kaya nga mas magandang ikumpara yung Lumia 950 (non-XL) kasi iyon po ay SD808 kaparehas po ng Acer Liquid Jade Primo.

  2. NotaSheep says:

    Good luck to acer because Microsoft is already at 1.8% of the total market instead of 4.2% last year. Not a good sign for microsoft based phones.

  3. nliszac says:

    I hate these 5 inchers. I can barely use them with one hand and I’m a 6 footer. When thumbing the other side of the screen, my palm touches the screen. If I have to thumb the other end of the screen, I have to let go of the edge of the phone and instead balance the phone using my fingers and let go of the stable grab. 4 inchers are common but then my thumb is not small so achieving precision is not very easy. Please do a review a lineup of 4.5 inchers. I hope to find something with a scratch resistant screen and 1GB ram at the the lowest possible price.

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