Chuwi HiPad tablet now shipping with a deca-core Helio X27 processor
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(November 29, 2018 update: Expect our review on the Chuwi HiPad in the coming weeks.)
Chuwi has been slowly but surely expanding its lineup of PCs and tablets from the Lapbook SE laptop to the Hi 9 Air tablet and HiGame mini PC. The latest product to make the list is the 10.1-inch HiPad tablet equipped with fairly high-end components considering the very low asking price.
Core specifications include:
- 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display
- MediaTek MT6797X Helio X27 SoC
- ARM Mali T880 MP4 GPU
- 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM
- USB Type-C, 3.5 mm audio
- 4G LTE (dual-SIM slots)
- MicroSD slot up to 128 GB
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 7000 mAh battery
- Stereo speakers
- 5 MP front + 5 MP rear cameras
- 252.5 x 162.9 x 9.4 mm
- 0.49 kg
Unlike most other cheap tablets, the HiPad is notable for having a 16:10 aspect ratio instead of 16:9 for more screen real estate. The integrated 4G LTE connectivity is also impressive, albeit we are wary of it working for users in North America as the official product page is not even listing the supported bands.
The thin design and red accent marks along the back cover are otherwise quite attractive and eye-catching in the endless sea of Android tablets. Chuwi had claimed that its HiPad tablet would begin shipping this month for a launch price of $160 USD. While they were able to launch the model on time, AliExpress currently has it listed for $200 USD instead.
A larger version of the Hi9 Air, called the Hi9 Plus, will also be launching this month for a retail price of about $250 USD to compete against the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro. The Hi9 Plus will carry the same Helio X27 processor as the Hi9 Air with the following differences:
- 10.8-inch 2560 x 1660 resolution display (Panel from BOE)
- 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM
- 8 MP front + 8 MP rear cameras
- 266 x 177 x 8.1 mm
- 0.5 kg
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