- Nov 25, 2012
REMIX OS has proven itself to be the best customized skin for tablets and mini PCs running Android OS. Cube and many other Chinese tablet manufacturers are working closely with Jide Technology to release tablets running this heavily customized skin, and the Cube i6 Remix is just another one of these slates.
Cube i7 Remix Specs
• OS: Remix OS 1.0 (on top of Android 4.4.4)
• Display: 9.7-inch IPS, 10-point multi-touch, IGZO
• Screen Resolution: 2048 x 1536 (4:3)
• CPU: Intel Atom Baytrail-T Z3735F Quad-core Processor
• CPU Frequency: 1.33GHz – 1.8GHZ
• GPU: Intel HD Graphic Gen7
• RAM / Storage: 2GB / 32GB
• Function: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, OTG
• WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
• Camera: 5MP back camera, 2MP front camera
• Battery: 8,000mAh
• Extend Port: TF Card Slot, Micro USB Port, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
• Weight & Size: 500 g / 237 x 170 x 8.8 mm
Design and build
Simplicity. That's really the most defining characteristic of the Cube i6 Air Remix. It may look like an Apple iPad Air, but without the ugly round Home button, it looks much cleaner.
The front of the tablet is dominated by a 9.7-inch IPS capacitive screen, with relatively small bezel around it. I am normally not a huge fan of the 4:3 aspect ratio for a tablet, but the small bezel makes the Cube i6 Air Remix look very well proportioned. A 2 mega-pixel camera sits comfortably above the display (in portrait), and it’s also easy to spot a light sensor and a proximity sensor on its white bezel.
Physical keys, ports and slots are all hosted on the sides of the tablet. A Micro USB port (for charging and data transmission) and a 3.5mm headphone jack are located on the top side, while a power button, a volume rocker and a Micro SD card slot are found on the right side.
The metallic rear gives the tablet a premium look, which handily compensates the plasticky feel brought by the white front.
At 8.8mm, the Cube i6 Remix is certainly far from being the slimmest tablet out there, but it is still quite compact, and carrying it won’t be much more of a burden than carrying your iPad Air.
Screen and sound
The i6 Air Remix sports a 9.7-inch IPS display at the resolution of 2048*1536px. The screen is extremely sharp and clear, and the colors are rich and vivid.
Viewing angles are extremely wide as well, generally as what you would expect from an IPS screen.
And the brightness is okay for indoor use, but due to the reflectiveness of the screen it would be nice if it could go a few notches higher, especially when used outdoors.
I encountered no fixed or dead pixels on my unit, unlike the Teclast P98 Air I reviewed which had two fixed/stuck pixels. I noticed no light bleed on the i6 Air 3G Dual OS’ display, either.
With that said, this is still far from being the best tablet display we have laid our eyes on. Already spoiled by the Quad HD PLS displays on the SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and the super vibrant AMOLED displays on the SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S series, the i6 Air Remix’s display could only be rated “good” by our standards now, even though it is better than most of the displays on tablets priced under $200.
Unfortunately, the i6 Air Remix’s speaker just doesn’t deliver, the sound from the single rear-facing speaker gate is hollow and tinny, and not loud enough. However, the 3.5mm audio jack has a good loud volume output with plenty of bass and clarity when you have a high-end headphone plugged in.