The Azpen Hybrx it’s an upcoming laptop that is being developed by Azpen Innovations, it’s currently on a successful Kickstarter campaign that still has a month to collect funds and we have no doubt that the responsible team will achieve their goals soon.
The project consists of an Ultra-slim laptop powered by a custom-engineered version of Android called Remix OS 2.0, which is focused on productivity and entertainment at the same time.
Make no mistakes, we are talking about a PC-like device that will feature all the functionalities present on PCs and the convenience of Android OS, this is thanks to the Dual-Boot feature that allows the use of two OS.
The system will be powered by an Allwinner A64 Cortex A53 64-bit Quad Core Processor capable of delivering many feats, from multitasking to 4k Video HDMI display. It will be backed up by 1 GB of Ram plus 16 GB flash in its most basic version and 2 GB Ram plus 32 GB flash in its superior version.
The display is an 11.6 inch HD LCD screen with 1366 x 768 pixels of resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. The sound will keep up with the rest of the components since there will be two built-in speakers with stereo sound to provide a complete 3D audio experience, which makes the laptop a great choice for listening to music.
The Hybrx will support a wide variety of connections, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are guaranteed, but what’s more the Azpen Hybrx will feature a mini HDMI port for video output to TV with a 4K resolution, allowing the user to have a private cinema that can be taken almost anywhere. Another aspect that is important to remark is the presence of two USB 2.0 ports that can be used to plug USB drives and mouse. Last but not least micro-SD card support will be present.
Azpen Hybrx: Features
This laptop has some cool features that you would surely love, such as:
- Remix 3.0 OS, the custom OS on which the laptops runs, you can also launch Android 5.1.
- 4K Video Output, you can plug the laptop into a TV and start playing video.
- Smart Color display 2.0 Technology, for a beautiful and vivid picture.
- 3D sound Effect.
- AXP803 Power management, for a full and rapid battery charge.
Let the pictures speak for themselves, as you’ll this laptop features an ultra-slim design that allows the Hybrx laptop to be taken and placed anywhere easily. As we stated before this is an 11.6 inches laptop, the size dimensions are the following: 11.6 inch x 7.8 inch x 0.7 inches and the weight it’s around 1.08 Kg, which is very light indeed.
Now it’s time to describe any single output and port present on the body. On the right side, you’ll find a Micro-SD slot, a USB 2.0 port, a mini HDMI port for video output, and a DC port for plugging the laptop to a power supply. On the left side, a headphone Jack can be found alongside another USB 2.0 port.
The design is compact and pleasing to the view, many users will fall in love once this laptop hits the market.
As it was previously mentioned this laptop has an 11.6-inch HD LCD screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, the aspect ratio it’s 16:10 in this case. The Hybrx will be featuring a patented Smart Color display technology by Allwinner that provides a vivid and lively picture suitable for enjoying videos, games, movies and pictures. The laptop can be connected to a TV via HDMI port, and supports 4K resolutions as well as H.265 and H.264 video decoding.
CPU & GPU: Azpen Hybrx Performance
A revolutionary Laptop needs a powerful core, for that reason an Allwinner A64 cortex is present, this is a processor based on the ARM® Cortex®-A53 architecture and features a 64-bit Quad Core CPU. This is a high-efficiency CPU featured in a wide range of devices like TVs, Tablets, smartphones, etc. This processor has a balanced power consumption that significantly stretch the duration of the battery.
This CPU it’s capable of handling multi-tasking and can easily run all Android Apps out there, and when we say multi-tasking we refer to the real meaning of multi-tasking, not just having several apps running in the background but doing several things at the same time. This last feat it’s possible thanks to the Remix OS, but we’ll get there later. For now, you can have for sure that the performance while running Android Apps will be smooth in 90% of cases.
When it comes to GPU, we have a Mali-400MP2 unit, which is a multi-core GPU that provides 2D and 3D acceleration alongside a performance scalable up to 1080p resolutions. However the Azpen Hybrx it’s not a regular laptop and will support H.265 and H.264 4K video decoding with 4K HDMI Output. This means that you can basically plug the laptop into a 4K TV or display and start playing videos or movies in said resolution. Another exclusive feature provided by Allwinner is the Smart Color 2.0 technology that aims to offer a better picture on the screen with vivid colors and sharp images.
It’s also important to point out that the performance on mobile games should be top-notch since we have seen the Mali-400MP2 in action before and the results are always pleasing.
Memory & storage
The Azpen Hybrx comes in two different choices: 1 GB Ram DDR + 16 GB flash and 2GB Ram DDR + 32 GB flash. The last choice is obviously the best, and it’s a decent amount of memory suitable for your everyday apps and games. Given the fact that this is an Android system the amount of Ram should not be a major limiting. Is worth mentioning that there is a slot available for a micro-SD card, this allows expanding the internal storage up to 128 GB.
OS & Software
The Azpen Hybrx will feature two OS choices, the first and simpler Android 5.1 Lollipop and Remix OS 2.0/3.0. Now it’s necessary to address what is the Remix OS and all its features, especially for those of you who don’t know what it is given that is a relatively new OS.
The Remix OS is an Android-based operating system meant to offer a complete PC experience unlike anything on Android but keeping all its features at the same time. This means that you can browse the system and all its files and also download APPS from the Google Play store. But it would be a crime to leave you with such simple explanation, therefore, we have listed below all the major features that are provided with the Remix OS:
- Multitasking: This means that you can run multiple programs at the same time in a multi-window fashion without having to switch screens, you can maximize/minimize, resize windows and have multiple windows side by side at the same time. In other words, you can be working on a Microsoft Word document while you are listening to music on YouTube.
- Taskbar: This old friend is present alongside a Start Menu. These features provide a seamless transition between apps and elements.
- Notifications: the notifications are placed on the right side of the screen similar to Window’s 10 activity center.
- File manager: The Remix OS integrates an advanced file explorer that has an intuitive interface, which collects all the functionalities you need to work. You can even drag and drop like if you were using Windows or Mac.
- OTA updater: Which means that you no longer have to worry about updating your OS manually, everything is delivered on a silver tray, the Remix OS will announce you when a new major version is available and you only have to click “OK”.
- Microsoft Office integration: Using Office has never been this easy on Android, the Remix OS is designed to boost your productivity the best possible.
- Right click: This may sound rather obvious, but keep in mind that this is an Android-based device.
Connectivity and Camera
You can find the usual network connectivity here, Wi-Fi: 802.11 B/G/N and Bluetooth 4.0 to link with other devices.
The Hybrx laptop offers a frontal camera of 2.0MP suitable for video calls and taking selfies.
The Azpen Hybrx is powered by a 6000 mAh Lithium battery that can deliver up to 5 or 7 hours of autonomy, given that this is laptop has a basic performance those numbers should be more or less accurate, but as usual, the real time depends on the usage and settings used. Is worth mentioning the AXP803 power management feature, which promises a full recharge of the battery in 60 minutes.
Allwinner Cortex A53 64 bitA64 Quad Core 1.3 GHz
Wi-Fi: 802.11 B/G/N
11.6” HD LCD 1366*768 (16:10)
HD Audio, Two Front Built-In speakers
Android 5.1 OS
Remix OS 3.0
Camera: 2.0MP Front
2GB DDR3 (optional)
32GB Flash (optional)
|Micro SD Card:
Expansion Slot Up to 128 GB
Two 3.5mm Headphone Jack
2 x USB 2.0
11.6 inch x 7.8 inch x 0.7 inch
295mm x 196.7mm x 17.6mm
3.7V 6000 mAh
|Stand By Time:
Two speakers for true stereo sound with 1W per channel
Azpen Hybrx: Final thoughts
Although this isn’t a high-end PC it really represents a super interesting option in the laptop market, if everything goes as planned this laptop should be available in September of 2016.
We truly hope that this particular laptop becomes a reality since the features are really good and the potential price is affordable for everyone. To go over the features we have an 11,6-inch laptop featuring a Cortex A53 Quad Core CPU that will be running on Remix OS 3.0 and is capable of 4K video Output and 3D stereo sound. Therefore, we have a system that can result very useful at work and suitable for entertainment at home, despite that this laptop isn’t by any means a high-end PC it can deliver a decent performance enough to satisfy the average user who only need to perform standard tasks and activities.
Despite the fact that this is an Android system, it features a PC-like experience meant to help you while you are working and also being convenient when you just want to relax a while.
Azpen Hybrx: Kickstarter Campaign
If you wish to contribute to this project Click Here and support the Azpen Hybrx, if everything goes as planned the first units should be shipping in September of 2016.
Azpen Hybrx: the next gen of laptops it’s here
Design - 8/10
Features - 7.5/10
Camera - 5/10
Battery - 8/10
Connectivity - 7.5/10