The new Jide Remix Pro is perhaps the best Android-based alternative to the Microsoft Surface series


Jide Technologies, a Chinese company that's known among Android fans as the developer of the PC-style interpretation of Android called the Remix OS, has launched a new tablet. The new Jide Remix Pro 2-in-1 follows Jide's two previous productivity-oriented Android devices, the Remix Mini PC and the Remix tablet.

Much like Microsoft's Surface tablets, the Jide Remix Pro comes with a keyboard dock accessory that transforms the slab into a notebook. However, unlike most other productivity-centered Android tablets, the Jide Remix Pro has a unique advantage.

While many Android manufacturers have attempted to create Android-based competitors to the Microsoft Surface, all of these attempts have been muffled by Android's multitasking limitations. Jide's Remix OS is an Android implementation that focuses on solving this struggle by allowing users to open multiple apps. Better still, these apps can be freely resized according to preference.

The display of the Jide Remix Pro is a 12-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2160 by 1440 pixels. That's a perfect match to Microsoft Surface Pro 3 display in terms of size, resolution, and aspect ratio (3:2). Unoriginal as these display specs may be, those looking for a productivity-focused tablet shouldn't complain about this similarity.

Although the Jide Remix Pro matches the Surface Pro 3 in terms of raw display specs, the internal hardware of the Android 2-in-1 device doesn't live up to the same expectations. Under the hood of the Remix Pro, we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, an upper mid-range smartphone chipset from the current generation. In the memory department, the Jide Remix Pro comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of integrated storage space, as well a microSD card slot.

The Jide Remix Pro also comes with an 8MP primary camera as well as a 5MP secondary shooter. Taking selfies with a 12-inch tablet is not going to be an easy undertaking, but the relatively large resolution of the secondary sensor is probably going to improve the quality of video conferences.

All of these specs are powered up by a 9,000mAh battery that also supports quick charging. It will be very interesting to learn more about what kind of battery life we should expect from the Jide Remix Pro, but the manufacturer has yet to share more details on this topic.

The body of the tablet is made out of metal and the entire package measures just 6.8mm across the waist and tips the scales at 640 grams. Unlike the Surface Pro 3, the Jide Remix Pro does not feature a built-in kickstand. It's the keyboard that features a stand that allows the user to modify the angle between the display and the keyboard. The upper side of keyboard accessory comes with a metallic finish to match the design of the tablet itself, while the underside is made out of a fabric material for better adherence to surfaces.

Google's upcoming Android N will launch an improved multitasking system, and the source code of the preview hints at a freeform multi-window mode that seems to be aimed directly at matching what Jide does with the Remix OS. At the moment, however, the Jide Remix Pro is shaping up as a very potent competitor in the productivity tablet sector of the Android market through a balanced combination of specs, design, performance, and OS features.

The manufacturer has yet to announce detailed availability and pricing details. At the moment, we only know that the Jide Remix Pro will initially launch in China at some point in the near future.

source: Jide

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