The Remix Ultra Tablet from Jide looks like a Microsoft Surface thanks to a sort of boxy design with a built-in kickstand and a magnetic keyboard cover that snaps onto the tablet to transform it into a sort of laptop.

But this tablet doesn’t run Windows. Instead it runs a custom version of Android called Remix OS which is designed to make Google’s mobile operating system feel more like a desktop OS.

I wrote an initial review of the tablet in March, but it’s likely we’ll be hearing a lot more about the Remix Ultra Tablet in the coming weeks and months because Jide has begun shipping units to folks who pledged during a Kickstarter campaign in March.

The tablet also showed up at the FCC website recently, which means it’s one step closer to going on sale (it also means we can see what the tablet’s insides look like).

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Jide is a Chinese startup that had already developed the hardware and established manufacturing plans before the company even launched a Kickstarter campaign.

The goal of that campaign was to generate buzz about the product and build a community of people willing to help test the software in exchange for getting a tablet for cheaper than the price they’ll sell at when they hit retail.

That mission seems to have been accomplished, because the (members-only) Facebook group devoted to the tablet has been jumping. Over the past few days there’ve been a bunch of messages about people receiving their tablets and starting to put them through the paces.

While some folks have tried to figure out how to make Remix OS more like stock Android by rooting the tablet and installing third-party launchers, others have been digging into the tablet’s unique features including its taskbar and support for viewing multiple apps at once by running those apps in smaller, phone-sized windows.

There’ve also been plenty of bug reports… but that’s not surprising, since Jide wanted to get its tablets into the hands of testers willing to help identify problems that the company could work on before launching the Remix Ultra tablet commercially.

The tablet has an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a micro USB port, a magnetic charging connector, and a microSDXC card slot. It supports dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Miracast wireless display technology.

I haven’t found any major surprises in the FCC documents, but if you want a closer look at the system board, battery, or other components, check out the photo gallery below:

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5 replies on “Jide Remix Ultra tablet ships to Kickstarter backers, arrives at the FCC”

  1. I have been using one for nearly a month and i have been feeding back bug reports to the Guys at Jide. One thing i will say if ever a company was showing aptitude for working with a community it is Jide the guys are rock-stars when it comes to that as if you have a question then they will respond within 24hrs with the answer and if they don’t know it they will find out.

  2. “While some folks have tried to figure out how to make Remix OS more like stock Android by rooting the tablet and installing third-party launchers” Stuff like this boggles my mind. The OS is what makes it unique. If you want stock Android, there are tons of tablets already out there. It’s like going to McDonalds and ordering a Big Mac, then telling them to hold the extra patty and bun, no lettuce, no special sauce, add ketchup and mustard. If you want regular cheeseburger, then just order a regular cheeseburger.

  3. I was one of the KS Remix backers, received mine Wednesday. I didn’t expect it to be like “stock Android,” and in fact that is one of the attractions of Remix OS, which I generally find more intuitive than either KitKat or Lollipop. I’m still not 100% sold on Android, but Remix OS is certainly functional. As many others have reported, I had a brief issue with the keyboard, but resolved them by shutting down (not restarting). In my first 48 hours, I would say that Remix is at least as stable as Android 5.1 — and a lot faster. It’s pretty good for pre-release software.

    The Remix tablet itself is quite nice; I’m less sold on the keyboard, for the same reasons that I don’t much like the Microsoft Surface + keyboard combination. Due to the screen ratio, the Remix is a great device for watching movies.

    1. There’s no reason to spend that much. The eventual retail price is expected to be $399, and the English language software is still under development (which is why the Kickstarter campaign was intended to essentially attract members of a beta tester community).

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