Remix OS was developed to provide users with a multi-windowed interface in an Android environment, and the Cube i7 Remix tablet is a prime example of how that works.
Jide, a company founded by three former Google engineers, created this user interface in order to make Android feel more like Windows. I don’t know whether Cube is the OEM of their Remix OS devices, or if the Chinese manufacturer has just adopted the UI for their i7 Remix tablet, but it’s great to see this new take on productivity on more devices.
Cube insists on calling the 11.6″ FHD display of the i7 Remix a Retina full-view display (even though Apple might have something against that name). While it is a big display for a tablet, which makes it great for productivity, it would have to have a pixel density of 300+ to qualify as a Retina display, and at its 189 PPI, it’s a bit behind. Now there are two options of how this came to be labeled as a Retina display: either the manufacturer doesn’t know the criteria, or it intentionally distorted the truth in order to misguide customers into buying their product.
The power is provided by Intel’s Z3735F CPU and 7th-gen Intel HD GPU. To provide support for multitasking, the manufacturer equipped the i7 Remix with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM. As for the cameras, a 2MP was placed in front for video calls, and a 5MP sensor for photos can be found on the back.
One of the most impressive aspects about the i7 Remix is the 8400mAh battery that’s supposed to keep the device up and running for up to 8 hours. Assuming you’re using the tablet at the office, that should help you get through an entire work day.
The principle the user interface works on is very simple. If an app can only run in phone mode, it will be displayed on a third of the display, thus leaving room for two other such apps. Of course, Remix OS takes into account that some apps could also be loaded in tablet mode, or even exclusively in that mode. To make Remix OS feel even more similar to Microsoft’s operating system, windows can also be minimized. Provided that you also get the keyboard for this tablet, you have the option to switch between the apps by using key combinations such as Alt+Tab.
Cube i7 Remix runs for $184.99 at GearBest, and the Cube CDK01 comes with a price tag of $62.99. However, customers are able to save a few bucks by getting the entire bundle for $241.68.