The much talked about Chuwi Hi13 is taking pre-orders for just $349 now for the internationally prepared model that will be released on March 17. Even if we are only in February, the Chuwi Hi13 will probably turn out to be the tablet that offers the most bang for the bucks throughout the entire 2017, because for the money, the specs are phenomenal: http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_557447.html
Chuwi Hi13 was first leaked in October last year, before it was officially announced at CES in Las Vegas the first week of January this year. Chinese customers have been given a few days head start on ordering this tablet, but only a few days, since this tablet is released internationally in the middle of March.
Chuwi Hi13 is a 13.5-inch Windows 10 tablet or 2-in-1, since Chuwi has a keyboard on the way for the tablet too. But the keyboard will launch a few weeks behind the tablet. The display has a 3000 x 2000 resolution, with a wide-angle IPS panel, and support for the optional Chuwi HiPen H3 and HiPen H1 stylus which are active digitizers with support for 1024 pressure levels, and magnetic attachment to the side of the tablet, just like on a Surface Book. The screen has a 100% color gamut, and a high 480 nits brightness. And Chuwi Hi13 even has quad-speakers with a 1 watt speaker in each corner.
Another one of the main attractions is that the Chuwi Hi13 is an Intel Celeron tablet, offering a lot more power and speed than one of the Intel Atom “Bay Trail” and “Cherry Trail” tablets, since this “Apollo Lake” tablet with the 1.1 GHz – 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Celeron N3450 processor have been benchmarked with Geekbench 4 single-core scores with an average of 1390 and multi-core scores with an average of 3900.
That’s compared to Intel Atom Z8300 processor figures of 850 and 2150 respectively on average. So both the CPU and GPU performance improvement is very high over an Intel Atom “Cherry Trail” processor, with over 60% higher benchmark scores! The GPU is an Intel HD graphics 500 GPU, which runs 4K video smoothly, and DirectX12 3D. So this fanless Intel Celeron tablet would have become popular just based on the processor alone.
And since this is a 13.5-inch tablet, I expect that owners will run a lot more tasks on it simultaneously than they would on a small tablet, so it’s good to know that they can.
Of the other main hardware, Chuwi Hi13 has 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage with 128GB microSD card support.
Chuwi has specified the Chuwi Hi13 battery life to be 8 hours long (based on video plaback). The actual battery capacity is 10000 mAh, with 24 watt fast charge support, as well as regular charge with a 3-4 hours charging time. And even though this tablet has a lot of USB ports, Chuwi ships the tablet with a 100-240V 12V/2A adapter included.
But the goodies doesn’t stop there, sinche the Chuwi Hi13 even has complete dual-band Wi-Fi with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi cover, and Bluetooth 4.0. In addition to that, is has one USB 3.0 Type-C port, a USB 2.0 port, and a micro-USB port, as well as micro-HDMI port, and a 3.5 mm audio combo jack.
Other Chuwi Hi13 specifications includes Windows 10 Home, and it even has support for Ubunto OS if you desire, and it has a 2MP front camera, a 5MP rear camera, g-sensor, hall sensor, mic, and an ambient light sensor included.
In terms of design, it has a unibody metal construction and body, so it will be solid and rigid, with a thickness of 9.2 mm, a weight of 1080 grams.
The optional keyboard also adds two full-size USB Type-A ports, and the tablet can be attached to the keyboard reversed, so that it can be set up in tent mode, or with the display facing away from from the keyboard, or flat on top of the keyboard with the display up, as if you were holding a clipboard.
With specs like these, the Chuwi Hi13 has really changed the whole playing field in early 2017, so I really wonder what tablet brands will respond to this and how. As of today, no other tablet brand has announced or been leaked with anything close to this for 2017.
– Tom Bowen