Chuwi is about to launch a little interesting 8.4-inch Android 8.1 tablet with 4G called Chuwi Hi9 Pro for around $180: https://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_009962568952
This new Pro version is a newer model of the Chuwi Hi9 version that was launched in December last year. The specs are between high to just above the middle. For example, it has 3GB of DDR3 RAM, but is powered by a powerful 10-core MediaTek MT6797 processor (Helio X20), with 32GB of storage.
The fully laminated 8.4-inch 2.5D curved screen still has the same great 2560 x 1600 resolution display though, and it now runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
When it comes to connectivity, it has 4G LTE with dual-SIM slots, though you’ll have to check if it covers the 4G bands of your country before you buy it. But the chipset also offers full Wi-Fi cover with 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, and it has a USB Type-C port.
The battery size is 5000 mAh which gives Chuwi Hi9 Pro a 6 hour battery life (based on the video playback standard). The front camera is a 5MP camera, and the rear camera is a 8MP camera without LED flash. However, the rear camera is delivered by Samsung, so the image quality should be great.
Chuwi Hi9 Pro has a modern design and even offers a new twist, as the power button on the side is colored red in a carefully subdued fashion though. It’s 7.9mm thick, with a weight of 384 grams.
So with specs and features such as these, the new Chuwi Hi9 Pro becomes difficult to evaluate and categorize clearly. The closest alternatives are the New Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, Alldocube X1, and Teclast T8.
– Tom Bowen