Android TV boxes that promise to turn your ordinary TV into a Smart TV aren’t anything new. However because the Android UI hasn’t exactly been optimized for Smart TVs, most of them come short of actually delivering a smooth and seamless experience. This is why the Remix Mini is so promising. While it’s still based on Android, the folks behind this device have modified the UI significantly enough that this no longer becomes an issue.
The Remix Mini hooks up to your TV via HDMI port and it comes with a couple of USB 2.0 ports so you can connect a keyboard and mouse, which is how you’ll be interfacing with the UI. Once you turn it on though, you’ll notice that it’s much different from the Android UI you may be familiar with.
The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, but the UI you’ll end up seeing is something more akin to Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. Instead of a homepage, you’ll be greeted by a desktop environment that desktop and laptop users will likely be more comfortable with where you can even open and resize multiple windows or launch and minimize apps to the taskbar.
The UX is quite refreshing, but the hardware specs don’t really jump out on paper. The Remix Mini comes equipped with a 64-bit 1.2GHz Allwinner A53 quad core processor and there’s a choice between a 1GB/8GB or 2GB/16GB RAM/ROM configurations. It seems to be rather underpowered, but it does promise 4K playback capability.
As far as Android TV boxes go, the Remix Mini is probably the most functional yet that I’ve heard about. Interested in picking it up? It’s already been announced locally and should soon be available for about Php4.5k!