(Update: Kickstarter now live, hurry!) Jide Ultra Remix Surface tablet could be yours for just $39

by: Jonathan FeistMarch 25, 2015
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Jide Ultra Remix Surface Tablet Zebra

Update 1: the Jide Remix Kickstarter campaign is now live here. According to the company’s Facebook group, only a few hundred units will be made available at each tier, so hurry up! The tiers are, as per founder David Ko:

  • $39 – 200 units
  • $199 – 200 units
  • $349 – 500 units
Update 2: predictably, all discounted $39 and $199 tablets have been reserved in just seven minutes. 500 units are still available for $349. The project already raked in $65,000 out of its $100,000 goal.

Original post, March 20:

Do you remember back in January when we told you about a new tablet in the works from a few ex-Googlers, that looked like a Microsoft Surface, but ran a custom Android ROM meant for Windows-like productivity? Some of you said you ‘actually really like this,’ others bashed it, but you know what, the Jide Ultra Remix Surface tablet could be yours for as little as $39!

Here’s the deal, Jide has a Kickstarter campaign rolling for their Android 4.4 based ROM powered tablet. The campaign starts March 25th and has an entry pledge reward level of $39. No word on what exactly that reward will be, but every pledge is said to receive a new tablet!

Jide Remix Ultra Surface tablet keyboard

What’s the catch? Well, if you can call this a catch, the Jide Ultra Remix Surface tablet is a short way from what you might call ‘complete.’ The device itself may be in good order, rocking a Tegra 4 SoC, with 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage and a massive 8100mAh battery – it is the software that is not quite complete.

The idea is you are to be their guinea pig, to help beta test the software for final release when it eventually goes on sale for $349 – $449. You’ll receive the Ultra Remix Surface tablet running their own Remix OS, based on Android 4.4.2. Your insights, feedback, gripes and praises will help mold the OS as it updates to a base of Android 5.0 Lollipop and beyond.

Jide Android Remix OS Ultra surface tablet

Stay tuned here on March 25, we’ll have the rest of the details for you, including the links to the Kickstarter so that you can pickup your own beta release Jide Ultra Remix Surface tablet for as low as $39.

What do you say, are you willing to help develop a new Android based OS, or do you prefer to avoid all the bugs and hassle, sticking with final release software?

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Remix to Ship Every Kickstarter Backer a Tablet

March 17, 2015 (Beijing) – Crowdfunding is not a new idea. Nor is launching a piece of hardware to help you be more creative and connected to all things digital. But on March 25th, a new Kickstarter campaign from a Chinese technology company called Jide will introduce a new twist on the crowdsourcing concept.

Jason Zheng is the International Marketing Manager for this new idea. “We want to try something totally different, and test our product in a community of users while creating a new idea, a new brand, and a new way of connecting a product to the market. Remix will be the first community built and backed product where users will get to engage with us firsthand in building a mobile productivity tool for the 21st century”.

Jide Technology is set to run the campaign with a singular goal of finding passionate innovators and early adopters who want to become a part of their first community of users. To build this community from the ground up, they plan to give all their backers, no matter which tier they pledge, a Remix ultra-table. Retail price on the Android device will be $399. The lowest reward tier is set to start at $39. In essence, they are giving away hardware and asking for help in making the next version of their software fresh and inspired by their community.

Remix: A Laptop Experience on a Big Android Tablet
Remix is a big, full HD 11.6” tablet that comes with a full size keyboard. Its OS is based on Android 4.4.2 (and soon to be upgraded to Android 5.0) been optimized for its big touchscreen and attached keyboard. Thus what makes Remix unique to the market: it’s a laptop experience on a big Android tablet.

“Our vision is simple: we believe that the next generation of personal computing will take place on bigger tablets and that Android can be customized to run them seamlessly,” said Jeremy Chau, main cofounder of Jide, in a recent interview. “Remix is the first embodiment of this vision. We believe our role in this future is to have Remix OS running on the majority of bigger Android tablets in the market.”

On Kickstarter to Build Their Community
To emphasize the community building aspect of their Kickstarter campaign, Jide is making available the Remix ultra-tablet on every reward tier. In effect, they are not using the platform as a traditional funding vehicle, but as a community building vehicle. Their goal is to get Remix into as many curious and appreciative hands as possible.

“We believe Kickstarter is the perfect platform for Remix to launch on in the US,” Chau continued. “The Kickstarter community typically isn’t backing a product just for the rewards themselves, but because they believe in the projects and they want to be involved in making them better to use. This is exactly the type of community Remix is looking for; engaged, creative, connected people who want to push their own circles to try something different.

Not a Conventional Kickstarter Project
Remix has begun to sell a localized version of their tablet in the Chinese market. What they’re making available through Kickstarter is a localized version built as a productivity tool for the US market.

“Back us at any amount and we’ll ship you a Remix. We’re looking for users to give us feedback and help us make Remix a better product for the US user and people will find useful. Our ask isn’t to love us immediately, our ask is to join a community and let’s build something together,” stated David Ko, fellow cofounder and VP of software development. “For us, building towards our vision means building our community, one user at a time.

  • Justin Robertson

    Sounds awesome. I would love to try something like this, help form an OS and a cool tablet.

  • Jack Parker

    Might have to jump on that bandwagon

  • Reus

    count me in

  • thecodye

    ill probably do it, i like beta testing every now and then:)

  • Johannes

    tegra 4 ?!?

  • Cory Isakson

    Bring it!

  • dennis johnston

    Will this be an option available to europe as well,or do you have to be located within the US?

  • Kenroe Ang

    This is definitely a huge deal for people who loves the idea of the surface but hates the windows operating system.

  • MasterMuffin

    That’s a steal. You’ll get the final stable release someday anyway, so get it now while it’s $39!

    • crutchcorn

      But it sounds so shakey… Are you sure the hardware will come?

      • The voice of reason

        Most likely, since it is already on the market in china. odds are though, you would be able to find a third party rom to put in,

        • crutchcorn

          And I understand that – why I not worried about software. I just feel like someone could get away with not sending it for the 40 and only for people that pay more.

  • ninja

    sound good

  • Olliver DynA

    so if i live in sweden, is there still a possibility to get one for the 39usd? it would be really amazing, thanks for answers! :)

  • René

    So, US only, I guess.

  • richard

    I am intrigued by this idea. But I don’t seem to be able to get much traction on searches about this project. anyone have first hand contact with Jide?

  • ed

    I am soooo wary of kickstarters and being an early adopter. But at $39, it is just so tempting.

    • Juan S. Camargo Visbal

      It’s already available in China.

  • 54AWN

    If this will be available for EU too, I’m definitely gonna get in on it.

  • Kris Smith

    I’m in.

  • Mo

    So people will get one then they’ll realise people just want to go on Facebook and play Candy Crush anyway.

    • ed

      Yep, and some of them will have payed $39 for a $349 device. That’s what I call value.

  • raven myers

    Ugh, the one time I won’t have $40 in time

    • JJameson

      Blood and semen.

      • primalxconvoy

        Blood and sand!

      • not mixed together

  • Is there any way to get it in Europe (Germany)?

    • undercoverduck

      I sure hope so! Perhaps if a good lot of people complain about it in the comments they will see it and realize the market they have over here.

      • When it will be in europe I will buy it as soon as possible. I mean 40 $ for such a awesome table :O

  • Ash B

    I can’t even find the kick starter campaign

    • ed

      It’s not live yet. It will be live on the 25th.

      • Ash B

        Thanks

  • pseudo

    Would love for them to make it available in the UK on kickstarter. that makes it about £26 complete bargain, plus I can always install another rom at some point if I want.

  • Janek Laansalu

    hmm i dont have tablet and i would love to be tester…. hmmm please let them ship it to people around world?

  • Protoss

    a 2 years old Soc… next

    • LeetLawrence

      But for $40…

  • undercoverduck

    Tbh I would find it quite interesting to be a tester

  • paul

    Hope that I myself will get one of those tablets to test

  • Prem Waiba Tamang

    i really want to test this. but can i get this in Nepal too?

  • Navyduck

    Hell yes!

  • crutchcorn

    Well shit.. I do this myself in spare time for nothing! Still sounds fake though…

  • Jonathon Rios

    $39 isnt much to ask for and kickstarter will probably refund you if it doesnt see the light of day. I’ll order it when it goes live and see what happens, then open a forum here about it for owners to show everyone else if it was legit or not.

  • Jonathan Kramer

    Yep..would love to be a tester also.. Innovation is how things move ahead in life :)

  • Guest

    I think this is an awesome opportunity.

  • gazz

    Would this kickstarter and the tablet be available in the UK

  • Vince Collier

    For $39, heck yeah I’ll do it! Even if it stops working all that well, you can always root it once the beta is through!

  • Vince Collier

    I just wish they would include a pressure sensitive stylus with it!

  • miXaelyz

    Most likely they will sell like 10 pieces at $39, then 10 thousands, to the same Guinea pigs, at $199 or $299

  • Not1Not2Not3

    I’m all in for $39.00! I spent $37.00 the other day on some Chinese food so I’ll definitely pay for this tablet.

  • Ahmed

    39 is a good price, but how many are availble. It would be very annoying to pay and then learn that they are out of stock.

  • Fred

    I’d get it if I’m able to get it for $40, but there’ll probably be around 10 available at $40. I’ll go as high as $150. I probably won’t back anything higher than $150

  • Juan Torres

    Yes where do I sign up?

    • Ahmed

      I couldn’t find any information about this from the dev

  • JEREMY DLIMA

    The real question is… Is it US only?

  • billybob

    Will someone show me where it says tegra 4? I think AA may have made a mistake. Jide said that the remix was powered by a tegra 4 + 1 A15. That does not mean a tegra 4 or a tegra 3. It could also be a k1. I don’t know, but the point is that it may not be a tegra 4. If anyone knows something that I don’t, or if I missed something, please tell me.

  • wow this is very intriguing.

  • DNagooyen

    Any update on this? Looking to back them!

  • richard

    well its the morning of the 25th , Evening in china, and I still can not find any mention of this company on kick-starter, Also still no links on their web site other than one for CES presd packet. any ideas where they can be found? I SOOOO want this to be true …..But?

  • Yash Bhardwaj

    Any news on when the Kickstarter will be posted? It’s already March 25th and still no sign of a kickstarter…..

  • Prasad Nidamarty

    It was supposed to today that it will be available. Any updates?

  • It should be availeable today? Where to get it?

  • F. S.

    It’s really annoying that AA put a press release button that show a quote, but not a single link to original content.

  • Lou Fusaro

    Nothing on Kickstarter today.

  • Matt Williams

    Gone. I clicked on this right at the hour, but by the time I entered my credit card information, gone. Ugh.

  • DNagooyen

    Yep, only limited amount at $39. Nice publicity stunt.

  • Tom Wilkinson

    Well, two minutes in and they are sold out already. Guess I didn’t need it anyway.

  • Jonathan Kramer

    All 200 of the $39 spots are gone and so are the $300 ones.. But that’s no big surprise, LOL

  • Jerrod

    I got one at the $39 price! So stoked! Thanks for letting me know AA!

  • Stephen Sharp

    Wow, that was quick..

  • Joshe

    AA may put itself in jeopardy legally by shilling for a startup that may go south.

  • Richard S.

    There were only 200 available at $39 & $199 levels. Missed the $39, but got in @ $199 level, (+ shipping), still an AWESOME deal. I was looking to upgrade/replace my rooted Asus 10″ tablet and couldn’t decide on another tablet, laptop or MS Surface Pro, so this is will be perfect!) Looking forward to customizing the launcher, then testing the $%^&@ out of this puppy.

  • Robert Firestone

    Looks like there was an error. 355 people got in where there was only supposed to be 200. Let’s see what happens.

  • Mo

    Tegra 4 for $350, no thanks.

  • Hitokage Tamashi

    Does it even have the play store? Can’t tell from the screens, if it’s blatantly there, feel free to call me an idiot lel

    • bydh

      yes, they confirmed on their facebook group page

  • aaloo

    Lol. What do you expect from Google engineers. Just copy and paste someone else’s work. And they even called it surface.

  • sithishs

    For $350…which a device already exists. Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, the windows version…I’ve been using it for a few months now…loving it. It runs a FULL version of Windows 8…so none of that RT nonsense.

  • Fifen

    I am so bummed that I missed this. there was no way I could have gotten one in time. and I can’t afford $350. #poorstudent

  • someguy

    I really hope I didn’t waste $39 I know that’s not a lot of money but it would still suck

  • Nyankana

    I see a lot of marketing strategies here. The price level jump is kind of absurd, much like forcing the crowd to pay whatever amount they come up with. They must have already calculated the amount of profits they can make from those tiers. That aside, I am surprised though that they actually put up the retail price for the last tier. To be honest, I am not going to pay full retail at this moment for some Chinese startup company with some older technology aiming at being a copycat of others work. $349 for retail is really asking for gold for this device. Given the stunt that they tried to pull… With no information whatsoever about the kick-starter on their own website, I have doubts about their success. I am also positive, that those who got into the deal are mostly in for the price, not so much for bugs and improvements.

  • Marné Prinsloo

    want

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  • Patrick Nichols

    I ordered a Remix Mini PC a few weeks ago. Their site said they would ship dec 5 2015. I have emailed every email on their website 3 times or more and have NEVER gotten a response! I think I need to call the BBB or the UN??? Heck it is only 70bucks right? But add up all the other suckers and they have made a killing! Someone should file a lawsuit! Hmmmmmm