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Update | Chuwi Aerobook is a cheaper alternative to the Huawei MateBook

Chuwi Aerobook is a cheaper alternative to a Dell XPS 13 (Source: Chuwi)
Chuwi Aerobook is a cheaper alternative to a Dell XPS 13 (Source: Chuwi)
Chuwi's latest copycat laptop has an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, an aluminum-magnesium chassis, and a weight of just 1.25 kg. Prices and launch dates are still unknown for now as the system is only at its fundraising stage.

(February 27, 2019 update: The Indiegogo Chuwi Aerobook page is now live and accepting up to 200 early bird pre-orders. Users can secure the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD SKU for $379 USD or 25 percent off the final shipping price. See the Indiegogo campaign here for more information.)

Chinese company Chuwi has been making a name for itself by offering cheaper versions of popular laptops. The LapBook Air and UBook 2-in-1, for example, cost just a fraction of the MacBook Air and Surface Go, respectively. The latest product from Chuwi is the upcoming Aerobook inspired by the Huawei MateBook series.

The 13.3-inch laptop will have 8 GB of RAM, upgradeable 128 GB M.2 SSD, MicroSD card reader, USB Type-C, and just 5 mm bezels. Its backlit QWERTY keys are noticeably larger than on the XPS 13 at 16 mm across for a potentially more comfortable typing experience. Unfortunately, the system will rely on a proprietary AC adapter for charging instead of the more universal USB Type-C Power Delivery approach.

As for the processor, it will again be a passively-cooled Core M much like on many other Chuwi products. The manufacturer hasn't yet specified the exact model other than its maximum Turbo Boost frequency of 2.2 GHz. We will update this page with deeper specifications once the info becomes available.

Chuwi is turning towards Indiegogo to gauge user interest in the Aerobook before announcing final retail prices and launch dates. Early backers and followers are promised discounts for when (or if) the Aerobook becomes available.

Aerobook Core specifications (Source: Chuwi)
Aerobook Core specifications (Source: Chuwi)

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01-27 (Update: 2019-02-27)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.