Chuwi Hi 8 Air review : The 8-inch dual tablet, which combines the Windows 10 and Android 5.1 operational systems is a great deal for a mid-range tablet PC at $144.46. While more famous tablet PC companies have been discouraged from developing dual operational system tablet PCs, the Chinese company Chuwi, founded in 2004, has been able to successfully combine the two operating systems.
- Strong, but not a bulky design
- Windows 10 and Android 5.1 operating systems combined
- 8 millimeters thickness, lower than most competitors.
- Intel Cherry Trail x5-Z8350 CPU
- Ability to expand memory with external cards (up to 128 GB)
- Supports Bluetooth
- Front and back cameras are just at 2 MP
- Android 5.1 (not the most recent Android version)
- 32 GB ROM may not be enough for more advanced users
- Relatively small display for a tablet PC at 8 inches
How’s the Design and Display?
The fully laminated Chuwi Hi 8 Air weighs just 312 grams. The most impressive design quality of this tablet PC is its thickness, which at 8 millimeters is on the lower range of tablet PC thickness. The Hi 8 air has soft and rounded edges and an overall design which manages to be strong without being bulky.
The Chuwi Hi 8 Air 8.0 inch display may be too small for the fans of larger tablets, yet its an impressive size for a tablet PC that manages to support two operating systems. According to the manufacturer, the screen resolution of the tablet PC is 1920 by 1200 pixels, which is on the higher end compared to the typical tablets.
Features and performance
Hi 8 Air comes with the standard for tablet PCs 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB storage capacity. 32 GB is one of the bigger memory sizes for tablet PCs. If 32 GB memory isn’t enough, the tablet’s memory can be expanded with up to 128 GB with external memory cards.
The most exciting features of the tablet are its HDMI connection, dual camera (front and back) and the Intel Cherry Trail x5-Z8350 CPU. The micro HDMI connection allows for easy connectivity between the tablet PC and external devices. The dual camera, which although comes in at only 2 MP, is a nice extra feature. The Intel Cherry Trail x5-Z8350
CPU, released in February 2016, is a great feature for fans of playing games on tablet PCs. The CPU’s performance is similar to that of Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, which is one of the industry leaders in tablet CPUs.
How’s the Battery performance?
The Chuwi Hi 8 Air features a 4000mAH battery, which is on the mid-range for tablet PCs. The battery of this size can last the user from 7 to 20 hours, depending on the use of the tablet PC. For games requiring more power capacity of the tablet PC, more frequent changes may be needed. For a casual use of the tablet or working on document processing programs, the tablet’s battery may last for a long time and not require frequent charges. With the knowledge that the Chuwi Hi 8 Air manages to run two operational systems and still manages to work for a relatively long time, the tablet PC is a great choice for those who prefer not to charge their devices frequently.