Ex-Google Employees Develop Surface-Like Knock-Off with Android OS


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Staff member
Jan 5, 2011

We have to give these ex-Googler's credit, if you are going to create a blatant copy of a device, there are worse devices out there to pick than the Microsoft Surface. Several former employees of Google evidently have a start-up with the intention of bringing a unique marriage of ideas together to create a new Android tablet called the Remix.

The result obviously "apes" the Microsoft Surface, since the outer physical design and functionality are practically identical. Still, we can't fault them for what is actually a great idea. The Surface is a wonderful piece of tech, and it's intriguing to see it with Android instead of Windows. Here's the full breakdown of specs for this device:
  • 11.6-inch display with 1920x1080 pixels resolution
  • 1.8GHz Nvidia Tegra 4+1 A15 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB/64GB flash storage options
  • 5-megapixel camera on both the front and back
  • Supports 2.4 and 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Proprietary magnetic charging port
  • Android 4.4.2 (customized)
  • 8,100mAh battery
That's not to shabby to say the least! Their Remix tablet even includes a keyboard cover which "clicks in" using a magnetic attachment. This severs as both a keyboard and a screen protector (just like the Surface).

The pricing for the device is $449 for the 64GB version and $349 for the 16GB unit. It retail in China first, but will eventually come to the US and UK. Be sure to check out the video above for a better look!

What do you guys think of this intriguing new Android tablet?


Senior Member
Dec 27, 2011
Several things come to mind. They are just now planning a Kickstarter campaign, which means they aren't really ready yet. They are using what has become an outdated processor, (better to have used a K1 or XI rather than the Tegra 4), and the customized nature of their Android OS, though it does have potential with its multi-tasking, gives me pause until proven. It could end up a flash in the pan.

With that said, it is an interesting concept and the prices seems decent for the size and features.