So just a few days after I mentioned that the N4100 processor version of Chuwi UBook Pro had launched, the Intel Core m3 version also started taking orders for $499, with release in a few weeks time:
The specs for this model are all the same apart from featuring a more powerful Intel Core m3-8100Y processor. So this naturally pushes up the price a bit.
But the other specs are similar, such as the 12.3-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and 256GBSSD storage.
Then dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, 0.8 watt stereo speakers, a 2MP front camera, and a 5MP rear camera, optional backlit keyboard, pen support for the 4096 pressure sensitive Chuwi HiPen H6, 2x full-size USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port, a micro-HDMI port, 3.5mm audio combo jack, and a power port.
With a 5000 mAh battery, battery life won’t be the highest on this tablet either though. On the back it has a 0-145 degree multi-angle kickstand, while the tablet is 9mm thick, and weighs 785 grams.
When you launch a Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet in the same size category as the Surface Pro 7, you can expect to be compared to this tablet too.
In terms of specs, the Surface Pro 7 has higher specs in every area of course. When comparing performance then even the Intel Core i3 model will outperform the Chuwi UBook Pro. This is not just because of the processor, because even though the Chuwi UBook Pro has 8GB RAM as standard, it is still single-channel DDR3 RAM at 533 MHz.
Compare that to the 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM at 3733 MHz in the Surface Pro 7, and you realize that the number of gigabytes of RAM doesn’t tell the whole story.
So by comparing the two Windows tablets by their respective benchmark scores, we end up with the following results. In Geekbench 4, the Chuwi UBook Pro m3-8100Y achieves an average score of 3700 in single-core scores and 6100 in multi-core scores.
The Surface Pro 7 with the brand new 10th gen. Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor meanwhile, achieves an average score of 4200 in single-core scores and 7800 in multi-core scores.
Normally this wouldn’t have meant too much because the price difference between the two would also explain this performance difference. But now that this Surface Pro 7 is on sale before Christmas for $599 with the keyboard included, and the Chuwi UBook Pro costs $499 without the keyboard, then it doesn’t make any sense in my opinion to try and save money through a cheaper Chuwi UBook Pro.
– Tom Bowen