This Android Tablet is a Total Surface Ripoff

By Chris Mills on at

Another day, another Android tablet. This one's got an 11-inch screen, magnetically-attaching keyboard, kickstand coming out the back...wait, that seems familiar.

The Remix Ultra tablet is the brainchild of three ex-Googlers, and at first impression, seems to follow the timeless tech-product-ripoff formula to perfection. The hardware is a cheaper version of the Surface's popular form-factor: 11-inch tablet with a kickstand and magnetically-attaching keyboard. And, just like those knockoff iFones your auntie accidentally bought for all her nieces, the Remix is running a version of Android that looks an awful lot like Windows, complete with a navigation bar running along the bottom.

In all fairness to Jive, the company behind the device, it doesn't look like a terrible tablet: it's running Android 4.4 on a Nvidia Tegra processor, which should promise decent performance. Despite the custom ROM, Android Central reports that it'll ship with access to the complete Google Play store. And, if the knockoff hardware is as comfortable and flexible as the real Surface, it could be a good all-round machine for the $349 (£230 d/c, UK prices to be confirmed) base price. Just make sure you put some of those savings towards a lawyer. [Android Central]