Remix Mini Android Mini PC Offers a Better Desktop Experience (Crowdfunding)

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.

Remix_MiniThey called it Remix Mini, and dubbed it the “First True Android mini PC”.  Two versions are available, one with 1GB RAM + 8GB storage, and one with 2GB + 16GB storage.

Specifications:

  • 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

Remix_mini_ports
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.

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How can anybody be excited these days about a quad core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz? With the S905 due soon with 2.0 GHz clocking and the RK3368 having 8 cores at 1.5GHz, why would you choose the H64 for a Remix host?

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It’s $55 including shipping for Thailand
Does the Allwinner H64 really worth it at this price point?

I would argue that the software might be but not really the hardware; well the package in all is just a meh’ as in the future someone for sure can flash the repacked remix OS image on other mini pc sticks and make it work properly for them too

Also H64 does not support full hardware decoding using kodi so far.

Are there any other options available under $60(including shipping/free)? I don’t care if it’s a tablet/board/box packed just want the real value for money and should have some support for running linux (with/without hardware decoding; using blob maybe?should be alright; looking at amlogic 😐 )

Also, I would be really interested in the ASRock N3150DC-ITX Mini-ITX Motherboard if it’s ~ <$70 with shipping

Demetris
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yeap excellent software on crappy hardware ….skip it

nofun
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nofun

That chip includes Mali 400MP2 – stay away.
Is supports hardware decoding but for android only
Anyways – chip is rather slow nowdays, i dont recommend that to anyone – most boards available today will be much faster than that.

Adem
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this was actually ported to my device the allwinner draco a80 and i thought it was really nice and it would of been much nicer if it had a working google play store and if it was rooted.

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Adem :
this was actually ported to my device the allwinner draco a80 and i thought it was really nice and it would of been much nicer if it had a working google play store and if it was rooted.

Where is the firmware available?

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How about a 2GB Remix Mini for 39.99 dollars, £31.03 GBP