Chinese distributors are flooding the market with a lot of tech products, some of them more modern than others. Most of them tend to replicate current products and try to make them cheaper rather than better.
There are a variety of ideas why this is the case: tapping into a current market means that there’s often no advertising to be done. The availability chain is also generally set as much as deliver options similar to what’s already current on the market. Which brings us to our third purpose – there’s little if any, analysis and growth money going into these products.
This rather convoluted introduction takes us to the Chuwi Hi12, the bigger brother of the Chuwi Hi10 which we reviewed earlier this year. The Microsoft Surface 3, a product that is far more costly (£419 with 2GB of RAM, or $499 in the US), the Hi12 finds itself in a rather totally different situation.
It might have a super-low price tag. However, Chuwi hasn’t skimped on the build materials. The Hi12 has a robust gray (also available in gold) metal case with a massive and high-resolution. From the front, the Chuwi appears good, although a tendency to attract fingerprints and various logos on the rear weakens the overall design. Many ports and connections sit on the device’s left edge. There’s Micro-USB for charging the tablet, USB 2.0, mini-HDMI for plugging it into a large screen and USB 3.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a mic and a microSD slot that may accept as much as 128GB. There are also front- and rear cameras, rated at 2- and 5Mp respectively.
On to happier issues, just like the display. It has a resolution 2,160 by 1,440 pixels, which is nice for a 12-inch screen. Pictures are sharp, and there’s plenty of on-screen real estate.
That’s not the only excellent news. The contrast ratio is 530:1. That’s not spectacular, however, is perfectly decent. So is the best brightness of 318 lux, adequate for outdoor use on a sunny day. Color quality is better still. When it comes to gamut, the Hi12 provides 74 percent of the AdobeRGB scale.
Hardware and Performance
Chuwi Hi12 has a fifth-generation Intel Cherry Trail 64-bit processor, clocked at 1.44GHz and capable of increase to 1.84GHz, 4GB of DDR3L RAM, 500MHz Intel HD Graphics Gen8 and 64GB of flash storage (plus 128GB via microSD). We ran the Hi12 via Geekbench 3, AnTuTu and PCMark8 to get an idea of how its performance compares to different Windows 10 tablets. In PCMark8 Home the Chuwi recorded 1010 points. That’s about half the score of a correct budget laptop, such as the £300 Asus X555LA-XX290H which scored 2028 points. However, it’s truthful to say most Windows 10 tablets wouldn’t achieve this well.
Battery life is excellent, and the 11,000mAh cell should last all day and then some. It’s fast to charge, too, capable of accepting a 3A input – we discovered it took around 8 hours to recharge the battery with a quick charger.
We had a problem with the built-in microphone not being recognized by the tablet. However, this was solved by uninstalling the Intel audio driver and rebooting the Chuwi.
64GB flash storage
4GB DDR3L RAM
microSD support as much as 128GB
Intel HD Graphics 8th-gen
1x USB 2.0
1x USB 3.0
12in (2160×1440, 216ppi) IPS display
2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
2Mp front camera
5Mp rear camera
At under £200 the Chuwi Hi12 are an unbelievable Windows 10 tablet with a large, high-resolution screen and successful – if not fast – performance. Battery life is superb, and the design is good, however, when you plump for the optional keyboard think about yourself warned about the trackpad.back to menu ↑
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