Review: Chuwi Hi8 Pro

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The Chuwi Hi8 Pro is a tablet made in China by Chuwi which is one of the bigger tablet brands in China. With a tabletmarket that’s getting bigger every day it’s hard to find a tablet that fits your needs and is affordable too. Next to that, which OS do you want to have on your tablet is it the fancy Windows 10 by Microsoft or do you want the good old Android (version x) on it? What if we tell you that Chuwi offers both on one single tablet! The Chuwi Hi8 Pro offers Windows 10 Home edition and Android 5.1 in a dualboot configuration. In this way you get the best of both worlds. With a retailprice of approximately $95 this tablet could be very interesting. Let’s find out…

Packaging

The Hi8 is packaged in a brown box with the Chuwi logo on it and on the small side you will find a short overview of the tablet’s specifications. Inside the box you will find a well protected tablet which has already a screen protector applied, a Type-C cable for datatransfer, an adapter for charging and a short (Chinese) manual.

Design and build quality

Our Chuwi Hi8 Pro is the white model and it looks well designed. The metallic stripes in the middle gives the tablet a premium feel. The Hi8 Pro has a compact design, despite the not very thin bezels, which are actually quite wide, it is a nice but small size tablet with an 8-inch screen. Below the screen there is a Windows button which can be used to go back to your start menu. Furthermore on the front you will find a 2 Megapixel camera and a LED light for charging notification.

On the right side you will find the on / off button and volume buttons. The buttons are feeling solid and responds good on the input. Of course you can use the touchscreen functionality also within Windows 10 or Android to control your tablet. On the same right side you will find an SD card slot for extending your storage up to 64GB. On top you will find a 3.5mm jack for connecting your headphones. Next to the jack input you will find the Type-C and micro-USB 2.0 connection ports.

The speaker can be found on the back where also the rear camera, which is a 2 Megapixel camera, is placed. Finally at the bottom the microphone for Skype calling, for example.

Overview specifications

CPU Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 ( Intel Atom-X5 Z8300 )
GPU Intel HD Graphic Gen8 processor
Core Quad Core 1.44GHz
RAM 2GB
ROM 32GB
External memory TF card up to 64 GB (not included)
Screen type Capacitive (10-Point),IPS
Screen size 8 inch
Screen resolution 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
Camera type Dual cameras (one front one back)
Front camera 2.0MP
Back camera 2.0MP
Bluetooth 4.0
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000mAh
Battery/Run time 3 hours video playing time
Product size 21.12 x 12.32 x 0.93 cm / 8.31 x 4.85 x 0.37 inches
Product weight 0.350 kg

Camera

As you can see in the specifications, the camera specs are not impressive which we can also see back in our test photos. The 2 Megapixel frontcam is good enough for video calling, but that’s just it. The same camera can be found on the rear. In a time where even budgetphones have a better cam than a 2 Megapixel camera, Chuwi has chosen to feature this low megapixel camera in the Chuwi Hi8 Pro. We expect that this kind of sensor has been chosen to keep the tablet affordable. The lack of megapixels is what we see back in our sample photos, it’s just…well…bad. Too bad, it’s a missed chance.

Software

As mentioned earlier, the Chuwi Hi8 Pro is dualboot with Android 4.4 KitKat and Windows 10 home edition. Without any problems we could install new Windows updates and the necessary local Dutch language packs (we are based in The Netherlands for your information), the Chuwi Hi8 Pro comes with pre-installed English Windows 10 by the way. Windows 10 on the Hi8 Pro comes without any bloatware or malware, only a pre-installed piece of software is installed so you can switch to Android from Windows. This is what we see also on the Android version, a shortcut to reboot into Windows. If you turn off the tablet it starts up to the OS you have used last time. You can switch operating systems from the first bootscreen by using the volume buttons to select and the powerbutton to confirm your selection.

Furthermore, there is not much to criticize on the software. On Android, the Google Play store is pre-installed and comes with a number of Chinese apps which are removable

Operation

With the use of the Intel Z3736F CPU and 2 GB RAM in mind, the tablet is giving a surprisingly smooth and quick operation, booting Windows goes on an acceptable speed and after some tweaks it goes even faster than out of the box (for example auto login). The display is from a good quality with a nice color depth, unfortunately our sample had a dead pixel. The display responds very well to the input. During some simple operations we noticed after 15 minutes of use that the tablet is getting warmer (not hot!), which is expected but it’s worth to share it with you.

The Chuwi Hi8 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery. We noticed that this is good enough for a whole day of moderate usage which is near a middle class performance, but don’t expect to last longer than a few hours of intensive use. If you like to watch your favorite movies all day long, recharging is needed. With that in mind we found out that the Chuwi charges less fast when the tablet is being used while charging. It’s not bad, but worth to mention.

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