Remix “ultra-tablet” is an Android-running Surface look-alike
With as many products that show up at trade events like CES, it’s inevitable that some will resemble others to an extent. Of course, there are devices that have a thing or two in common, and then there are those that veer much closer to outright copycat territory, a situation we looked at earlier today after Oppo started speaking out about the Polaroid Selfie phone and its unmistakably N1-clone of a design. We find ourselves back in look-alike territory this evening as we hear about the Remix “ultra-tablet” from Jide Technology, an Android tablet that might look more at home in Microsoft’s Surface lineup.
The Remix was created by a team of former Google engineers, and runs a custom Android build being called Remix OS. The KitKat-based OS was crafted with the idea of keyboard and mouse input in mind, and hopes to bring users a more laptop-like experience than they may get with pure Android tablets.
The hardware includes a pop-out kickstand, just like on a Surface tablet, as well as a magnetically-connecting keyboard cover. While the tablet doesn’t accept full-sized USB connections directly, a bundled OTG adapter is intended to give users the flexibility of working with their existing PC accessories.
Full hardware details aren’t yet available, but we know that the Remix will get a 1080p 11.6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, and be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra SoC – the precise chip hasn’t been named. The manufacturer has its aim on bringing the Remix to the US later this year for about $250 – that’s for a 16GB model. Of course, this is assuming Microsoft doesn’t make with some injunction action first.