CHUWI climbs into the ring and takes on the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4. With the CHUWI Hi 9 Pro you bring now the smaller version of the CHUWI Hi 9 Air on the market. Will only the display become smaller?
CHUWI Hi 9 Pro: the little brother the Hi9 Air
Unlike smartphones, almost all tablets resemble each other like an egg. The CHUWI Hi 9 Pro is no exception. In contrast to the big brother, the Hi 9 Air , the Pro is much smaller. That’s because you now put on an 8.4-inch screen, instead of the previous 10.1-inch screen size. The border is clearly visible; straight at the top and bottom. A completely borderless design, however, is not desirable at all, because that would ensure in the use of often accidentally press any icons.
Back to the display: This is an IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. On the relatively small 8.4-inch screen, this results in a pixel density of 359 ppi, ie pixels per inch. The aspect ratio is 16:10 and, like the big brother, is fully laminated with the OGS standard. Surprisingly, we have seen one of the best displays of an 8.4 inch in the FNF iFive Mini 4S. A test can only show if CHUWI can keep up here.
The back reminds us of cheaper smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Because even here the back is divided. The antenna strips at the top and bottom divide the page into three parts. In the upper one is the main camera, in the lower one the loudspeaker, which is not particularly favorably positioned in my eyes. Apart from the loudspeaker, the name of the manufacturer and model can also be found, as well as a CE marking.
Many cores, little performance?
Also in the CHUWI Hi9 Pro is a processor use, which is not only in the larger Hi9, but also in similar devices. The Helio X20 from MediaTek is a ten-core processor, which unfortunately is a bit older (2015). That sounds like a lot of power on paper, but after a good three years on the market you can already see something of the performance. Here, Xiaomi has definitely made the better choice with the Snapdragon 660 processor and can knock out the CHUWI Hi 9 Pro in this round.
One does not have a choice of memory, CHUWI puts a combination of 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of internal memory in the tablet. A memory expansion of 128 GB is not a problem.
An important aspect of a tablet is always the battery. The battery capacity of 5,000 mAh is lower in the Hi 9 Pro than in the Mi Pad 4 (6,000 mAh). Accordingly, the battery life should not be quite as strong here. Probably an average usage of 2 days, maybe three. Somewhat less important in my opinion is the aspect “camera”, at least for a tablet. Nevertheless, CHUWI provides the user with an 8 megapixel camera on the back and 5 megapixels for the front.
Even with LTE Volume 20
CHUWI thinks and donates a SIM slot to the CHUWI Hi 9 Pro, which is only found in the most expensive version of Mi Pad 4. Although there are only Micro-SIM and not Nano-SIM, but directly two micro-SIM slots. And these even support LTE Volume 20 , so they are ideally suited for use in Germany. For local internet, there is 802.11 a / ac / b / g / n WiFi; Bluetooth, GPS and GLONASS are also on board.
In addition to the dual-SIM slot, there are other physical connectivity options. For charging CHUWI installed a Micro USB slot, USB Type-C would have been nice of course. There is a 3.5 mm jack and a microSD slot for memory expansion.
Like the Hi 9 Air, the CHUWI Hi 9 Pro will be delivered with Android 8.1. This is relatively purist and comes apparently without large bloatware by CHUWI. In addition to the tablet is the USB charger, micro-USB cable and an OTG cable.
CHUWI has noticed that the CHUWI Hi 9 Air has arrived relatively well and has taken the logical step: released a small version. The overall should be slightly cheaper due to the smaller display. The performance is not the best because of the somewhat aged processor, but sufficient. The tablet can score for the most part with the connection options, after all, LTE Band 20 is rather rare for a tablet. For the battery life could probably be the biggest negative point. Let’s wait and see.