Ex-Googlers Re-Skin Android on Surface Look-a-like

A team of ex-Google employees in China, who left to form their own firm last year, have now released their first tablet. The Remix ‘ultra tablet’, from Jide Technologies, is very similar in appearance to the Microsoft Surface, but runs a modified version of Android 4.4 called Remix OS.

 Remix OS, although based on Android, looks more like a hybrid of Windows 8 and Chrome OS.

As a convertible, the Remix features a magnetic detachable keyboard (with trackpad), kickstand and 11.6″ LCD display (1920 x 1080). Productivity is important, with Remix OS specifically designed for use on larger screens; it also includes a taskbar for app switching and a file manager. Additionally, an adapter to enable USB peripherals to connect to the tablet’s micro-USB port is included in the box.

The tablet uses a 1.81GHz Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 64GB of storage. The GPU is also a Tegra device (Geforce ULP 72).

Jide will release the Remix tablet in the USA ‘soon’; the 16GB model has been tentatively priced at $350 and the 64GB at $450.