(Pocket-lint) - Three ex-Google senior engineers have joined forces to develop a new product that looks nearly identical to the Microsoft Surface and runs a modified version of Android. Why? Because they "couldn't stand the drawbacks of the tablets and laptops" on the market today, apparently.
The engineers - Jeremy Zhou, David Ko, and Ben Luk - have worked on several well-known Google products, including Google Search, Google AdWords, and Google Maps, but they formed Jide Technology in 2014 with the hopes of making the most useful mobile device in the world. And they have a team comprised of staff members whose backgrounds include time at Microsoft, Baidu, Amazon, Sony, and more.
Their new product is called Remix ultra-tablet. It's a 2-in-1 tablet and laptop with an 11.6-inch Full HD display, and it comes with a full size, magnetic keyboard as well as a kickstand. Jide Technology's website has a bunch of pictures of the Remix, along with detailed descriptions about what it can do, and it's immediately clear that the Remix looks much like the Microsoft Surface in both appearance and functionality.
But it doesn't run Windows. The ex-Googlers obviously chose to go with the Android platform instead, though not without "remixing" it to include a new user-interface that looks like a cross between Android Lollipop and Microsoft's Metro design language. It can do multi-tasking and multi-windows, meaning you can chat and play games at the same time, and it allows for multiple apps to run in phone mode.
Other software features include a taskbar for switching between apps, as well as a file manager, notification center, and automatic system upgrades, while hardware specs include a 1920 x 1080 display, 2GB of RAM, Nvidia Tegra 4+1 processor, and a 4-pin charging connector.
Jide will soon launch the Remix tablet in the US. It'll start at $349 for the 16GB model.