While 4K-capable digital media players are slowly starting to become the industry norm rather than the exception (save for Apple TVs), and you can find several of them at very reasonable prices, the $99 Remix IO is so much more than that.
It’s a gaming console and full-blown PC in addition to a 4K TV set-top box, running the growingly popular Remix OS based on Android Nougat. For those still not familiar with Jide, the developing and manufacturing company of the new “all-in-one” device, this was founded by three ex-Google engineers not long ago to “unlock the potential of Android.”
Their “world’s first true Android PC” raised an impressive $1.6 million+ on Kickstarter last year, before going wide on Amazon and at other e-tailers around the world, with the Remix Ultratablet previously crowdfunded at over $200K.
Now the Remix IO has managed to get 2,600 people to pledge a grand total of $295K in just one day, blowing past the $250,000 goal of the one-month campaign.
Catering to both the “couch potato” and “corporate executive”, the 3-in-1 second-gen Remix PC lets you seamlessly switch between TV and computer modes, the former featuring a “beautiful HD user interface designed with larger app icons and full remote control compatibility”, whereas the latter perfectly adapts to mouse and keyboard operation. And you can also play mobile games on the big screen.
Deliveries for early backers begin March 2017, and the respectable spec sheet of the low-cost Remix IO includes an octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, expandable 16GB storage, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet.