CHUWI has previously focused on tablets with two pre-installed operating systems on their tablets. With the CHUWI Hi9 they made the beginning in the matter of Android tablets last year. Now they are giving this device an update and presenting the CHUWI Hi 9 Air with Android 8 Oreo!
In naming CHUWI has probably used the company with the apple. These brought the iPad Air on the market, which has a modern direction in terms of design. So also the CHUWI Hi 9 Air, which looks again modern, but overall also larger. Now the manufacturer relies on a 10.1 inch display , which occupies the majority of the front page. All margins are quite thin, but you can not speak of border-less here. The front around the display is black, the case frame and the back however dark gray metallic. Only the front camera can still be found on the edges of the screen.
● Operating System: Android 8.0
● CPU: MT6797 ( Helio X20 ) Deca Core
● GPU: ARM Mali-T880 780MHz
● 10.1 inch 10-point Capacitive Screen with 2560 x 1600 Resolution
● 4GB LPDDR4 RAM for Advanced Multitasking
● 64GB eMMC ROM Storage Capacity
● TF Card Expansion
● Dual Cameras for Photos and Face-to-face Chat
● Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFi
● Bluetooth 4.2 Interface Syncs with Compatible Devices
GSM: band 2/3/5/8
WCDMA: band 1/2/5/8
LTE: band 1/2/3/5/7/8/20/40
The back is mostly dark gray, only near the rear camera is a black element. This should probably provide for a visually soft transition between the front and back. It contains a lightning in addition to the main camera. We can not detect a fingerprint sensor like the Teclast Master T10 on the back. From experience, you should only be able to see the CHUWI lettering on the back.
The 10.1-inch screen receives a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. This results in a pixel density of 298 ppi, ie pixels per inch. This is an IPS panel. This is apparently fully laminated using the One Glass Solution (OGS). You want to reduce strong reflections in the display.
The heart of the CHUWI Hi9 Air is the Helio X20 processor. It is also used in the new VOYO I8 Max Tablet. The X20 is a somewhat aged ten-core processor with a maximum of 2.3 GHz, at least in the powerful dual-core cluster. It consists of two quad-core Cortex A53 clusters each with 1.8 and 1.4 GHz clock frequency. You get a whopping 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory . Of course, this can be expanded by microSD card, apparently up to 128 GB.
CHUWI attaches great importance to the cameras here. A 5MP camera for the front is definitely enough for video telephony. On the back there is even a 13MP camera with flash, to make even in low light clever photos. Although cameras are rarely used in tablets, it is still nice that you seem to use useable sensors here.
The Helio X20 is produced in the 20 nm process, so it is not quite as energy efficient as current processors. For this, CHUWI installs an 8,000 mAh battery in the Hi9 Air . Especially in comparison to the VOYO I8 Max, which uses the same CPU, the CHUWI is 3,000 mAh larger – very nice!
The fact that the CHUWI Hi9 Air looks very well thought out does not change in terms of connectivity either. For home use, the manufacturer thinks of dual band WiFi, ie 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WLAN. Bluetooth should also be on board. Much more interesting, however, is the SIM card slot, the LTE Cat. 6 supported! CHUWI here speaks of a “WorldMode 4G”, but limited to 11 LTE tapes. To our luck, it also supports LTE Volume 20! That means you can supply the CHUWI Hi9 Air with a data card with mobile internet. In addition, directly from release already Android 8 Oreo be pre-installed on the tablet! This brings, for example, a picture-in-picture mode and improved notifications.
Regarding the physical connectivity, CHUWI officially leaves us in the dark. On the first render images but is a Micro-USB port and a 3.5 mm jack for headphones to see.
Granted, CHUWI has some difficulties with us and with you. Some have had bad experiences, others are still excited. I think it’s an advantage to focus on one operating system and more effectively align hardware and software. Because the CHUWI Hi9 Air sounds promising overall and just with the operating system and the LTE band 20 they do a lot of good. Also processor and display sound good. If the processing is still right, you should hold an exciting tablet in your hands here.