Chinese tablet maker Cube is reportedly planning to launch a 14 inch notebook called the Cube U1 Cloud. The computer is powered by a low-power Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor and features a fanless design for silent operation.

But what really makes this laptop unusual is the software. Like many tablets available in China these days, the Cube U1 Cloud will dual boot Android and Windows, letting you switch between the two operating systems. But the Android software on this model will be Remix OS, a custom version of Android designed to make Google’s mobile operating system perform more like a desktop (or notebook) OS.

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Remix OS lets you run most Android apps in resizable windows that you can position anywhere on the screen. This lets you view multiple apps at once so you can do things like sending emails while watching videos, or writing documents while conducting research in a web browser.

It’s not a perfect solution: some Android apps really aren’t designed for keyboard and mouse (or game controller) input. But it’s an interesting option for a notebook that will ship with Android since it allows you to install any of the million or more apps available from the Google Play Store while interacting with them in a desktop environment complete with a taskbar, desktop, and file manager.

Or you can just use the Cube Cloud like a Windows notebook, since it will also run Windows 10.

The Cube U1 Cloud notebook has a 14.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 10,000 mAh battery, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, an SD card slot, and an HDMI port.


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