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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17 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Plagiarism.. Microsoft surface is the future

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

They os nothing like surface competitor: Lower ram, lower CPU,poor OS, battery in mAH instead of watt etc.. Come on , this is nexus competitor

3. peace247 unregistered

still it will be much better than it for gaming, productivity, media etc. maybe only web browsing would be better on surface.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Dude what? U r kidding right? Windows rules in productivity lol. Games?? PC games??? Duhhh...!!!

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

May be PC games are not that touch friendly but it is what I call games. Just a personal opinion.

9. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if you found good touch game then it is either pc or console port, all android games are just for in app purchase nothing more

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yes PC games are way ahead of mobile games. Love those old days playing nfs most wanted, max Payne ,hitman etc

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They don't even need to be touch-friendly by default, apps like GestureWorks are there to make ANY steam game more than just touch-friendly ( http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1Mx44Qj ) and Tablet Pro on the Windows Store is there to make ANY game touch-friendly, be it in your web-browser or natively installed ( https://youtu.be/_uHWGWu42pQ ).

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its value is in the price. It's so much cheaper an Microsoft Surface. It's main drawback is you must be comfortable to stay in Android ecosystem. Not hard for me as I use Note Pro 12.2 for work sometime but I know there are many that need Windows desktop OS for productivity.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Its value is in the price. It's so much cheaper an Microsoft Surface" Unless it is under $100, a first gen Surface Pro will easily knock it out of the ring in terms of performance and versatility, while still being pretty affordable: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Surface-Pro-1-128GB-Wi-Fi-10-6in-/131774796639?hash=item1eae63d35f:g:510AAOSwAvJW-VaZ

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Batteries are usually 3.6-3.7V in phones/tablets So this one has at least a 32.4 Wh battery That's bigger than in the Surface 3/9.7" iPad Pro But smaller than in the Surface 4 Pro/12.9" iPad Pro But that's probably fine since it has a lower power SoC If they price this at $499 or less, then its fine It has more RAM, a faster CPU/GPU and more tablet suited OS than the $499 Suface 3 Although, for me personally 32GB would be a deal breaker

15. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Not necessarily right. It may not compete with windows in games (the hardcore ones, at least), but if you buy a tablet to play Skyrim, you just out of your mind. Office is there, and is very capable. And thinking about mobility, you can take this office and edit small parts of your texts/presentation/whatever with ease. CPU, RAM, GPU and this stuff is VERY relative. There is a line between what you need and what is the best out there. For example: Sure the core i7 5930x is fast, but could you tell the difference in normal tasks (office, web browsing, programming) from a i5 5770? Or even a FX-6300? Well, few people need what the best cpu, ram and gpu provides. The OS is not bad, it is almost OK-ish at most. It can evolve, but who knows... About the battery... You could NOT be more wrong. They're units to express the capacity, and you can convert one to another. Google it for a online converter

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Not even close. Weak in terms of power as well as in terms of software. Windows all the way for tablets. (unless u r need is just limited to a media pad :-P and low cost) MAY be google should try to do what MS tried to do with their mobile platform. Merge Android and chrome together. Then find a way to port or force developer to write "PC level" programs to Android. May be, just may be they'll find success. Good luck google.

7. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The true Surface competitor is the Asus Transformer 3 Pro..... I would just emulate Android in that beast and that would be it.

8. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

rip google

11. davthom123

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

put in flagship specs and this will probably be better(productivity wise) than the iPad pro.can't see it being better than the surface pro though.but am just guessing from specs,I don't know anything about real world use on these devices

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not even close, just another bastardized Surface wannabe. Lacks digitizer pen support, a key tool to the productivity aspect of tablets, not to even talk of the bastardized OS and performance. This is really no better than a meh Chromebook...

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