- Nov 25, 2012
The predominant tablet trend nowadays maybe towards being lighter, slimmer, squarer and smaller. That’s why we’ve seen lots of compact tablets such as the iPad mini, the Google Nexus 9, the Nokia N1 tablet and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 are being released. However, Jide, a technology company based in Beijing, is going the opposite direction. It recently released an 11.6-inch tablet called the REMIX Ultra, which is also the tablet we’re reviewing today.
If you haven’t heard of Jide Technology, it was a software company founded by three ex-Google engineers with a mission to unlock the potential of Android in order to accelerate a new age of computing. According to Jide, their vision is to make Android a more productive operating system that may someday be introduced to our PCs, and REMIX OS is the key to that vision.
After testing the Jide REMIX Ultra tablet, it’s easy to conclude that it is the closest thing available to replace both your tablet and your ultrabook. That said, the relatively high price could be a sore spot for many users on the fence deciding between it and a notebook — the suggested price for the 64GB version of the Jide REMIX Ultra tablet is $439 (with keyboard included).
Jide REMIX Ultra Tablet Specs
OS: REMIX OS 1.5 (on top of Android 5.0.2)
Display: 11.6-inch IPS, 10-point multi-touch, IGZO
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Processor: Nvidia Tegra 4 (1.8GHZ quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU, plus a 2nd Generation Battery Saver Core, GeForce GPU with 72 custom cores)
RAM / Storage: 2GB / 64GB
Function: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, OTG
WiFi: 2.4G/5G dual band, 802.11 b/g/n
Camera: 5MP back camera, 5MP front camera
Extend Port: Micro SD card slot, Micro USB port, 3.5mm headphone Jack, 4-contact charging port, 6-contact keyboard connector
Weight & Size: 860g / 189 x 295 x 9.5 mm
The REMIX Ultra tablet is shipped with a very well-designed box, inside you will find a tablet, a keyboard, a charger, an OTG adapter, a screen protector, a user manual and a warranty card.
There is also a poster saying “For those revolutionaries that will shape tomorrow”, which demonstrates the vision of Jide and their products.
Design and build
The front is dominated by an 11.6-inch screen, with relatively big bezel to rest your fingers on, whether you hold the tablet in portrait or landscape. Above the display is a 5MP front-facing camera capable of 720P video recording, below the display you will find a home button.
The power/standby key is located on the top side of the tablet, while the volume rocker is hosted on the left side. The silver frame around makes it easier for users to distinguish the buttons.
The right side plays host to a Micro USB port, a 3.5mm audio jack, a charging indicator, a 4 contact magnetic charging port.
The AAC speakers are hosted on the left and right side, which helps to output stereo sound.
A 6 contact magnetic docking for connecting with the keyboard is located on the bottom side.
The rear side of the tablet is made of high-quality aluminum alloy, coated in red or silver so it has a fashionable appeal to it, instead of looking like another piece of cold, black technology.
Like the Microsoft Surface series, the REMIX Ultra has a kickstand, which helps the tablet to stand on your table or lap. The kickstand can open to two different angles, the first setting (40 degrees) is ideal for typing and productivity work when the tablet is on a table, the second (80 degrees) is better for watching videos while the tablet is sitting on your lap.
There is a Micro SD card slot on the back of the tablet, right under the kickstand. Which means you can have 128GB external storage on top of the 16GB/64GB internal storage.
Measured at 189 x 295 x 9.5 mm, and weighs 860g, the REMIX Ultra tablet is big, heavy and thick by today’s tablet standards. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, which is also a big tablet, measures 6.6mm thick and weighs only 465g. And the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, with a larger display, is a lot slimmer and lighter (204 x 295.6 x 7.95 mm, 740g). Even when compared to business-ready Windows tablets such as the Surface Pro 3 (201.4 x 292.1 x 9.1mm, 800g) and the Cube i7 (297*180*9.1mm, 840g), the REMIX Ultra doesn’t have an edge in portability.
While the design of the Jide REMIX Ultra isn’t the most eye-catching or attractive, it’s functional with easy to hold sides and a decent amount of grip. Manufactured by Foxconn, the build quality of the slate is extremely good, too. No matter how much you twist or squeeze the tablet’s chassis, there’s barely any flex to be found.
A keyboard is included in the retail package of the Jide REMIX Ultra tablet. Once attached magnetically to the REMIX Ultra, the keyboard instantly turns the tablet into an ultrabook. The REMIX Ultra keyboard itself looks very much like the Surface Type Cover, it is both a tablet cover and a keyboard. It is very nicely designed, with ideal space between the keys (19.02mm). The keyboard also offers decent key travel (1.2mm), which gives you tactile feedback when you type.
The keyboard also has a small touchpad in its front, but unfortunately the left and right mouse buttons aren’t integrated into the touchpad, so it fails to offer the real mousing experience which many users would prefer.
In actual use, the REMIX Ultra keyboard feels much more comfortable than the Surface Touch Cover and the Bluetooth keyboard cover for the Acer ICONIA W700, on par with the Surface Type Cover. It won’t take long for you to reach your top typing speed. With that said, I still prefer the keyboard base for the Cube i7 REMIX because it looks and feels more like a traditional keyboard.
Display and sound
The 11.6-inch screen on this big tablet from Jide is an IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, providing a pixel density of 189 PPI.
This is nowhere near the highest pixel density we have seen on top Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Tab S, but still comes close to the point where it is almost impossible to single out individual pixels at a glance.
Quality of the REMIX Ultra’s display is extremely good. Viewing angles are wide, colors accurate, and although it isn’t the brightest display we’ve seen on a tablet, it still has decent outdoor visibility.
While most tablets, especially those from Chinese brands, produce dull, tinny sound from their built-in speakers, the REMIX Ultra tablet offers an above-average performance in the audio department. Not only is the sound more audible, it also has more texture to it. Playing Toni Braxton’s “Spanish Guitar”, I could hear a lot of detail with instrument separation. However, it is still no match for the Galaxy tab Pro 8.4 or iPad Air in terms of volume and bass.
When we plugged in a Monster Inspiration on-ear headphone, the REMIX Ultra was able to drive it at an ear-splitting level. Generally, the built-in speakers are okay for watching YouTube feeds in a quiet room, but headphones are recommended for music and movies.