Remix OS has gained some traction as a powerful desktop OS that runs Android apps and has some good interface ideas. Chinese manufacturer Allwinner is now looking to use Remix OS to power a very affordable Chromebook-like laptop.
Allwinner claims they can sell a laptop in the $79 to $99 range that runs Remix OS 2.0 and is powered by a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 chip, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The laptop has a fairly standard 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display, unassuming plastic body, and a decent keyboard and trackpad. There appears to be some lag when opening apps, but for the most part it is snappy.
In addition to models with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage, the company also has a laptop with a larger 14.1-inch display at the same resolution for $20 more. This device features HDMI, two USB ports, microSD slot, and a headphone jack. There is also an 11.6-inch touchscreen convertible that uses an octa-core 32-bit ARM chipset.
The low price points of these laptops are dependent on how many people are interested in buying such a device. The more purchases, the closer Allwinner can get to $79. Assuming they can actually bring a device with good performance to market, this might be the return of the netbook — by way of Android.