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Chuwi Hi9 tablet coming this October

Chuwi Hi9 tablet coming this October (Source: Chuwi)
Chuwi Hi9 tablet coming this October (Source: Chuwi)
The Chinese manufacturer quietly unveiled its budget 8.4-inch Hi9 tablet at IFA 2017 to little fanfare.

To accompany the 8-inch Hi8, 10.1-inch Hi10, 12-inch Hi12, and 13.5-inch Hi13, Chuwi will soon be launching the Hi9 complete with a 16:10 IPS display. Somewhat disappointingly, however, is that the display size will be much smaller than its name would otherwise suggest at just 8.4-inches. A unit was on show at IFA this year revealing a rear camera and rear-facing monaural speaker.

Initial core specifications include:

  • 8.4-inch WQXGA resolution (2560 x 1600) IPS display
  • MediaTek MTK8176 quad-core SoC (2x Cortex-A73 + 2x Cortex-A53)
  • PowerVR GX6250 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB eMMC expandable up to 128 GB
  • Dual-band WiFi
  • Android 7.0 Nougat

Aside from the listed specifications, the Chinese manufacturer is sparse on details like dimensions, weight, and even price. We're not expecting the tablet to be very expensive since the MTK8176 is over a year old and the integrated GX6250 GPU is even older. This exact same GPU can also be found on the budget Asus ZenPad 3s 10 launched earlier this year. Nonetheless, Chuwi is claiming a display brightness of 400 nits to be almost as bright as the Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 and iPad Mini 4.

Chuwi has been expanding its product line almost exponentially over the past year. The wide-reaching Hi series of tablets and detachables is now joined by the super-thin LapBook series of notebooks. The 14.1-inch LapBook Air in particular will carry a Core m3 CPU to compete directly against the Apple equivalent.

(Source: Chuwi)
(Source: Chuwi)



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Allen Ngo, 2017-09- 9 (Update: 2017-10- 8)