As expected, Chinese tablet maker Cube has launched a tablet with Remix OS, a custom version of Android designed to look and function a bit more like Windows.
The Cube i7 Remix tablet is now available in China from JD.com for ¥ 999, which is about $161 US. It’ll likely cost a little more if and when it’s available outside of China… but Cube’s tablet is still much more affordable than the only other tablet to ship with Remix OS to date.
Jide’s Remix Ultra Tablet sells for about $430 at Geekbuying. That tablet is made by the developers of Remix OS and it’s a pretty nice piece of hardware. Jide is currently beta testing the English language version of its software and plans to make it more widely available in the future.
That could happen both through updated versions of the company’s own tablets, and through partnerships with third-party companies including Cube.
The Cube i7 Remix tablet features an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8400 mAh battery. It has front and rear cameras, and like the Jide Remix Ultra, it can work with a keyboard dock… but unlike the Jide tablet, Cube sells the tablet and its optional keyboard separately.
Remix OS is the most interesting thing about the tablet: it’s basically Google Android with a taskbar and support for running some apps in phone-sized windows even on a tablet. This lets you fit multiple apps side-by-side on the screen. You can drag and drop those windows to move them around.
This lets you do things like watch a YouTube video in one window while chatting or surfing the web in another.
Some apps are better suited to phone mode than others. Web browsing or document can be a bit cumbersome in a tiny window. But instant messaging or other communication apps run nicely in little windows.
Since phone-mode apps can run on top of other apps there’s nothing stopping you from opening a full-screen web browser and then just tapping the icon in the taskbar to bring up Hangouts or Twitter for a moment before minimizing them.
Update: Geekbuying is taking pre-orders for the Cube i7 Remix for $200, which is about half the price of a Jide Remix Ultra tablet.
Wow I just received this tablet and I have to say its great. Its entirely replaced my laptop, Android is lightning fast with a ton of apps.
Can you please advise how to open PDF file,excel and word spreadsheet on the i7 remix tablet? It does not have Google play pre installed,can you please assist?
Hi. Remix OS is the main characteristic of this Tablet, But beside this os , how is the bios on this tablet? can we install windows in the future (it hase same hardware like most windows tablets)? it’s good to have option
Definitely an interestingdevice. I tried the kickstart and was left holding. I may go for one of these though.
I picked up a Remix through the Kickstarter project. Although I have had a Nexus 7 since they were released, I am not a huge fan (or heavy user) of Android.
Even though it’s still early in its development, for my tastes, RemixOS is the most intuitive version of Android that I have used. I far prefer the task bar at the bottom of the screen to the traditional Android approach of clicking the rightmost icon to see what’s running, and switch to another app. Settings are also more accessible, and having a real file manager (although it’s still somewhat rudimentary) seems like a big step up over vanilla Android. RemixOS doesn’t (yet) support widgets or alternate launchers, but these are both low priorities for me — although probably important to hardcore Android users.
How good is the Intel Atom vs the Tegra 4?
Most of the specs are about the same. So in the end the only different is processor and maybe battery?
Doesn’t matter. The bottle net on this tablet would be the eMMc storage. I have owned about 12 China tabs over the last 4 yrs. They always buy the cheapest storage available.
Cube i6 has Toshiba eMMc
gpu in atom is slow
Where do you get keyboards for these Chinese tablets? I’ve looked at several of Cube’s offerings, and the pictures all show Surface-esqe keyboard covers, but I can’t find them for sale anywhere.
Would be interesting to compare remix OS with Console OS.
Remix def have an edge. Base on 5.0 and actually is a lot closer to a desktop experience compare to Console OS.
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