CES 2018 | Chuwi announces new mini PC, tablet and 2-in-1 devices

The SurBook Pro is powered by Intel's Gemini Lake CPUs. (Source: Anandtech)
The SurBook Pro is powered by Intel's Gemini Lake CPUs. (Source: Anandtech)
All the devices are prototypes, so specs could change meanwhile. The GBox Pro mini PC is an HTPC powered by Intel's gen 8 core i5 CPU with integrated AMD Vega GPU, while the Hi9 Air tablet comes with a Mediatek SoC, and the SurBook Pro features the latest Gemini Lake Pentium CPU.

Chinese company Chuwi was present at CES 2018 with a couple of mobile devices and a mini PC. According to Chuwi, these are prototype models, as they are not ready for production yet, and the release dates for each are still unknown.

The mini PC is dubbed GBox Pro and is supposed to be powered by an Intel gen 8 i5 CPU with HBM2 GPU. Although Chuwi did not specify the exact model of the CPU, it most likely is the newly announced Core i5-8305G that integrates a Vega M GPU with 20 compute units. Included in the package is a remote control, which would suggest that this model is going to be marketed as an HTPC.

Up next is the Hi9 Air tablet that comes with Android 8.0 out of the box and features a 10.8-inch 3:2 display with 1920 x 1280 resolution. Chuwi intends to equip this model with a Mediatek MT8176 SoC that has two Cortex A72 CPU together with four Cortex A 53 cores, but there is no information about the amount of RAM on board. Internal storage is set to 64 GB, while the GPU side is covered with a PowerVR GX6250 chip. As for the camera setup, there is a 5 MP front camera and an 8 MP rear one.

With the announcement of the Gemini Lake CPUs from Intel in late 2017, Chuwi is also looking to upgrade the Apollo Lake SurBook lineup released in mid 2017. The showcased SurBook Pro would thus include an ULV Gemini Lake SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. This 2-in-1 device has a 3:2 2160 x 1440 multi-touch display tablet that connects to a detachable keyboard, and Chuwi also provides a stylus.

All three devices are expected to ship this year with competitive pricing and world-wide availability.

The GBox Pro mini PC (Source: Anandtech)
The GBox Pro mini PC (Source: Anandtech)
The Hi9 Air tablet (Source: Chuwi)
The Hi9 Air tablet (Source: Chuwi)

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-01-12 (Update: 2018-01-12)
Bogdan Solca
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