Android mini PC are great to consume content, but when I tried to blog with one, I found many shortcomings which made it not such as good user experience, and writing articles on an Android mini PC everyday, it would seriously decrease my productivity. That’s probably why Chinese start-up Jide Tech decided to work on Remix OS, based on Android 5.0 but with customizations for a better desktop experience including multitasking support, resizable windows, shortcuts support, a taskbar, and more. The company has now launched a Kickstarter campaign for a low cost mini PC powered by Allwinner A64 and Remix OS.
- SoC – Allwinner H64 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2 GHz
- System Memory – 1 or 2GB RAM
- Storage – 8 or 16GB eMMC
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 output up to 4K @ 30Hz
- Audio Output – HDMI and 3.5mm audio jack for headphones
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Dimensions – 124.3 mm x 88.2 mm x 26 mm
The mini PCs ship with a power adapter, but no other cables. Jide Tech previously ran another crowdfunding campaign for a Remix OS Tablet, successfully funded, and uploaded several demos on their YouTube account. Here’s the one showing how the taskbar works.
After several days into the campaign, the project raised well over $500,000 out of its $50,000 target. Beside the software customization, the price of the hardware certainly is a contributor, as the 1GB RAM version goes for $30, and the 2GB version for $40, the latter being the most popular. Shipping does not come cheap however. It’s $10 to $15 to some Asian countries the US, and Oceania, but goes up to $20 to $30 to most of the rest of the world. But even after including shipping, the product appears to be fairly cost-effective. Delivery is scheduled for October 2015.
You can also visit Jide Tech website for more details.