Budget tablet maker Azpen is branching out and launching a budget laptop. The Azpen Hybrx features an 11.6 inch, 2.4 pound laptop that will eventually sell for about $140.
But Azpen is launching the Hybrx through a Kickstarter campaign, and offering the notebook to early backers for as little as $69.
There’s just one catch: this isn’t a Windows laptop. It runs Remix OS 2.0.
Actually, there might be another catch. Like last year’s Jide Remix Mini desktop computer, the Azpen Hybrx is powered by a quad-core, 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor from Allwinner. The Hybrx laptop is expected to ship with Remix OS 2.0, just like the Remix Mini. But Jide is already getting ready to launch Remix OS 3.0 and it seems like the Remix Mini won’t support it… so it’s possible that the Hybrx won’t either.
Remix OS is a custom version of Android designed to work like a desktop operating system. It’s compatible with most Android apps, but you can run them either in full-screen mode or in smaller windows that can be resized and repositioned anywhere on the screen. There’s Windows-style taskbar and a sort of start button, and a bunch of other tweaks to help Android run smoothly on desktop and laptop-style devices that may not have a touchscreen (the Hybrx doesn’t have one).
Remix OS 2.0 is based on Android 5.1, while version 3.0 is based on Android 6.0.
If the possible lack of software updates doesn’t scare you off, here are a few other details about the Azpen Hybrix: It has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and the entry-level model has just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. But there’s also a model with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and both models have microSD card slots with support for up to 32GB.
The laptop measures 11.6″ x 7.8″ x 0.7″ and features two USB 2.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer, stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and a 6,000 mAh battery.
Azpen isn’t the first company to introduce a Remix OS laptop. Acer recently unveiled plans to launch one in China, and several other companies already offer models that are available in China. But the Azpen Hybrx might be the frist to be available in the United States.
It’s expected to ship in September.
Sometimes it seems like potato chip arms won’t support a taco, but somehow they find a way
I like remix os.
Its great for basic users.
Chromebooks are better than this.
If you look at the Kickstarter campaign it clearly states this will ship with Remix OS 3.0.
a) When I wrote this it said 2.0.
b) It also says Android 5.1 (which makes no sense, since Remix OS 3.0 is based on Android 6.0).
Yep. Jide confirms that this notebook will ship with Remix 2.0.
“Ghettobook”! They will sell well wherever there is a poor family trying to get their child something affordable for online surfing and maybe, maybe some school work. But this will not sell well in the US I would think, except to those that don’t do their research ahead of time. For the price I can find a used chromebook on ebay with better specs!
Apart from the ugly, neon-green cover, the machine looks OK.
Obviously it is composed of cheap components but this should be ok for $140.
This is neat…but the processor is slightly weaker than Atom processors.
And the industry has declared that Atom CPU’s are just a notch too weak to power anything larger than a smartphone. Not to mention the let down that is the 1GB/2GB RAM, and <32GB storage.
It’s not that it won’t run, it’s that it won’t run well.
Most people would’ve been satisfied with 64GB storage, 3GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, or a processor with that performance and efficiency. But larger resolutions, and more powerful content will of course demand more of everything.
if this had gone with the Mediatek 8173, i’d have been all over it.. Allwinner just doesn’t cut it..
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