Chuwi HiPad Plus: An 11-inch Android tablet with a 2K display for US$269.99
Chuwi has unveiled its latest tablet, the HiPad Plus. The device runs Android 10 on a MediaTek MT8183 chipset and 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Chuwi has also included 128 GB of eMMC 5.1 flash storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card. It is worth noting that eMMC flash storage is much slower than its UFS counterparts, but manufacturers still use the former when they are cost-saving. It is also unclear if Chuwi plans to upgrade the HiPad Plus to Android 11 or beyond.
Nonetheless, the HiPad Plus appears to have an excellent display for its US$269.99 list price. According to Chuwi, the tablet's 11-inch IPS panel runs natively at 2,176 x 1,600 pixels and covers 100% of the sRGB colour space. The company adds that the display has a 90% screen-to-body ratio and is surrounded by 4.9 mm thick bezels, but its marketing renders suggest otherwise. Additionally, Chuwi has, in the past, misrepresented how thick the bezels of its devices are. Hence, we would not be surprised if the HiPad Plus' bezels are thicker than marketing renders suggest.
Chuwi states that the HiPad Plus has a CNC chassis that is just 6.9 mm thick, excluding its camera housing that protects a 13 MP camera. There is also a 5 MP camera on the front of the device. Chuwi has put the front-facing camera within the top bezel of the tablet for some reason, even though it would be well suited for use in landscape mode with a detachable keyboard.
The HiPad Plus can be purchased now on AliExpress. Meanwhile, Chuwi will begin selling the tablet on its website from February 22. According to a post on its website, the HiPad Plus will initially be available between February 22 and February 28.