So here’s a little Chuwi SurBook Mini unboxing for this Microsoft Surface 3 replacement that was launched two months ago with nice specs for a Windows 10 tablet of this size and category, seen here: https://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_10279677.html
Chuwi SurBook Mini specs includes Windows 10, a quad-core Intel Celeron “Apollo Lake” N3450 processor which gives it a better performance than the Intel Atom processors, along with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 64GB of eMMC 5.1. storage from either Samsung or SanDisk, depending on the batch. The storage is snappy though, so it should not make any difference.
The tablet is delivered in a solid box, protected inside another bag, and then protected by first a film you can tear off, and finally another layer of screen protector in the end. Most people tend to let those screen protectors stay on, but I tend to think that if you use the tablet at home, you may as well peel it off.
The 10.8-inch screen has a Full HD 1920 x 1280 resolution display that is fully laminated and bright at 450 nits, with 3:2 screen ratio and pen support for the HiPen H2. The pen charges via USB and comes with extra nibs. The tablet also has its own 2-in-1 Chuwi SurBook Mini keyboard which is of the Surface Type Cover design, meaning that it’s both very thin and light.
The screen is sharp in text and images, the colors are accurate and presents nuances fine and well, while it has a good deep black too.
Chuwi SurBook Mini itself weighs 780 grams and is 8.7mm thick, which is not such a bad thickness for a tablet with a sturdy metal body and a 0-125 degree stepless kickstand. The kickstand is very solid, and has just the right amount of resistance which brings out the confidence when writing on it or pressing the screen at various angles on a desk or coffee table.
The Chuwi SurBook Mini (CWI540) ships with a AC/DC charger that connects via USB C. It will fully charge the 8000 mAh battery in under 3 hours, and so far averages a battery life of 6-7 hours. It has a 2MP front camera and a 2MP rear camera, and while I first thought it had just a mono speaker, it now appears to have stereo speakers, it’s just that they both appear to be on the left.
All the buttons and ports are on the right side of the tablet though. These includes two full-size USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, and on the back, a 128GB microSD card slot hidden under the kickstand lid.
It has fast and far reaching Internet connectivity with complete dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi cover, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. Also included are warranty cards and a detailed and visual instruction manual in 8 different languages.
– Tom Bowen