Chuwi announces affordable 13-inch CoreBook Pro notebook
Chinese OEM Chuwi is known for its more unusual laptop models, and the latest CoreBook Pro that’s expected to launch on July 21 is no exception. This particular model appears to have a somewhat premium build, but the internal specs and the price are telling a totally different story.
The more premium features include a stylish aluminum case with a quality 13.2-inch IPS display that has 3:2 aspect ratio, 2160 x 1440 resolution and boasts 100% sRGB color gamut. Since it comes in a more “exotic” size, the CoreBook Pro weighs only 2.95 pounds.
Nevertheless, all of the above premium features are balanced out by the internal specs that are quite dated. These include a 28 W Intel Core i3-6157U dual-core/quad-thread form 2016 coupled with only 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256 GB SSD. At least the Iris Graphics 550 iGPU is decent, but, overall, the system is clearly spec-ed only for productivity tasks. Chuwi justifies the more dated specs with a fair price, however. At launch, the Chuwi CoreBook Pro is supposed to cost only US$499 and users who sign up for a promo coupon on the official site can get US$100 off the initial price. Other features include a discrete HD webcam, a microSD card reader, ports like a USB-C 3.1, USB-A 3.0 and an audio jack.
For what it is worth, this is quite a good deal. Still, one should keep in mind that the warranty and support services are not exactly Chuwi’s strong suits for the time being.