Microsoft haven’t released a new entry level Surface to replace the Surface 3 in years, and Asus in their infinite wisdom haven’t released the new Asus Transformer Mini this year either, even though it would have fit the role as a Surface replacement to some degree.
Fortunately the brand new 10.8-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet Chuwi SurBook Mini with its optional Surface type keyboard is taking orders for $249, and unlike the Surface or Asus Mini, this isn’t with an Intel Atom processor either, but with a newer and more powerful Intel Celeron N3450 processor instead. So the benchmark performance should be equivalent to the 1400/4000 Geekbench 4 scores of the Chuwi Hi13.
Specs are good on all fronts, with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage with 128GB microSD card support, dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi cover ensuring maximum Wi-Fi cover and bandwidths, with Blutooth 4.0, 2x ful-size USB 3.0 ports + a USB Type C port as well.
The design of the Chuwi SurBook Mini is that of a 10.8-inch tablet with a 125 degree built-in kickstand, featuring a Full HD resolution display of 1920 x 1280, giving it a 3:2 aspect ratio, with support for the optional active digitizer pen HiPen H2. At 450 nits, the fully laminated display is bright too.
It has a metal unibody with a 8000 mAh battery inside which can charge in 3 hours, which has been typical of Chuwi’s best tablets in 2017, and it comes with a power adapter too.
The cameras of the Chuwi SurBook Mini are only 2MP front and rear cameras, so that’s the main downside. The thickness of the Chuwi Mini is 8.8mm, with a weight 748 grams. The optional Surface type of keyboard should be released in a months time.
– Tom Bowen