Chuwi Vi7 Phablet Release July 10 For $59

When a 7-inch tablet release with the new Intel Atom x3 C3230 “SoFIA” processor and Android 5.1 for a price of $59, curiosity awakens. So what's underneath?

The Chuwi Vi7 will release on July 10, and is marketed as a phablet and not just a tablet, given that the Intel Atom “SoFIA” processor series is a range of processors with integrated cellular modems for implementation in phones and tablets. This particular 64-bit C3230 processor, is a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with Mali-450MP graphics processor, and 3G support for GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and WCDMA 900/2100MHz frequencies.

Looking at the rest of the specs, we are dealing with a 7-inch tablet with 1024 x 600 resolution, IPS, and 5-point multi-touch, while it also has 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage with 64GB microSD card support.

Chuwi Vi7
Chuwi Vi7

It has features like a 0.3MP front camera, and a 2MP rear camera too, but then the Chuwi Vi7 phablet suddenly goes down hill, with a battery capacity of only 2500 mAh, which gives it an average battery life of 3 hours. That means that this tablet isn't very functional other than around the home. So this is no Asus FonePad replacement. Too bad, because a 4000 mAh battery instead would not have increased the cost very much, but it would have made the tablet much more useful.

– Jim Miller