Tested for over a month and found to be absolutely good. The CHUWI Hi9 Plus in our review is not only a good tablet for work but also has enough power to play games of all kinds. How to find the Hi9 Plus, you will learn in this review.
After I resold my sixth generation iPad after a few months of use because some things did not work the way I wanted it (video editing, etc.), I needed a new tablet again.
After a few days search, I saw that CHUWI brings a new and apparently powerful tablet on the market. At the end of October, it was time.
CHUWI presented the Hi9 Plus for the time being for China. On the launch day, my CHUWI dealer trusted me and asked if I wanted to test Hi9 Plus.
Since it was not clear at first whether the CHUWI Hi9 Plus also supports MicroSD cards, I ordered the version with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM (internal memory).
Black was the color of my choice and use the LTE version. So, let’s start with specs of the new generation of Hi9 Plus.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Specifications
|Display:||10.8 inches IPS with 2560 x 1600 pixels|
|CPU:||Helio X27 or Mediatek MT6797X|
|GPU:||ARM Mali-T880 875MHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 128GB|
|Cameras:||8.0MP main and 8.0 front camera|
|Connectivity:||802.11 B / G / N / ac (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) WiFi, Bluetooth: 4.1, LTE|
|Connections:||USB Type-C, TF card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Dimensions:||266.2 x 177 x 8.1mm|
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Desing and Appearance
What I found very pleasant was the design? The fact that the CHUWI Hi9 Plus in our analisis comes with dimensions of 266.2 x 177 x 8.1mm it is very supple in the hand.
But this is also due to the well-known from the iPad form. Nowhere do you notice sharp edges or anything that could disturb you. The transitions are also very well completed.
Only between the display and the plastic display version, there are visible gaps in some places, but which are below 0.5mm and therefore are not negative for me to rate. I already had devices with other, larger gaps.
Front on the tablet we have the 10.8-inch 2K display, which when it is on with 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The colors of the display were always crisp and colorful and the display was always bright enough. Even in direct sunlight.
The “corners” of the display are rounded like the corners of the tablet and I personally find that this is a very nice design feature of the CHUWI Hi9 Plus in the test. This does not bother in any way.
Above the display we find an 8MP front camera, right next to it a multi-colored notification LED and the proximity sensor we find to the left of the camera.
The controls in the form of the volume rocker and power button are located on the right edge in the upper area.
On the left side in the upper area, we find the MicroSD slot and Dual SIM cards. I use the CHUWI Hi9 Plus with a 128GB MicroSD and have no problems with it.
At the top, you will find in the middle of the plastic piece that goes to the back and which one already knows of Apple’s iPads.
This ensures that we always have good reception. In the plastic itself, we have seen from the front on the left side still a hole where a microphone hides underneath.
Further to the left, we find a 3.5mm AUX input in the actual case, to which one can connect his well-known headset as usual.
At the lower edge, we will find a loudspeaker on the right side, in the middle the USB Type-C input and between this and the left loudspeaker another microphone.
On the back, the Hi9 Plus logo is in the middle in the lower area and the 8MP camera on the upper right, which protrudes about 1mm out of the case.
The housing is in my opinion for the most part aluminum. In any case, any metal which is light, because the CHUWI Hi9 Plus weighs only 500g.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Hardware and Performance
The CHUWI Hi9 Plus has a good performance, of which other tablets, including the upper price range, can cut a slice.
But this is also due in large part to the interior of the CHUWI Hi9 Plus. Because besides the 4 GB of RAM and the 64 GB ROM, there is a MediaTek Helio X27 Deca Core processor with a clock rate of up to 2.6 GHz and 1.6 GHz.
This not only makes it work well, but you can also confidently leave a few apps open in the background, without the CHUWI Hi9 Plus loses performance.
And with the ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU you can even play high-resolution and resource-eating games without any problems.
Whether PUBG, Need for Speed, Asphalt 9 or Oddworld: A Strangers Wrath, I was able to play all the games without any problems at the highest settings.
Ok, with some I could not adjust it, but where it went, everything went smoothly for the most part and without any problems.
Also, image editing and video editing is absolutely no problem with the right apps on CHUWI Hi9 Plus in the analisis.
Even 4K videos could be edited without problems. My 6th generation iPad did not even recognize 4K videos. That’s why I sold it.
What I miss with the CHUWI Hi9 Plus but is a neat pen. Normal touch-screen pens work without problems, but if you want to draw fine lines, it is, of course, a bit awkward with these. Do you have tips for good touch pens with tips? Write to me in the comments.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Software
The software was the first launch of the CHUWI Hi9 Plus has Android 8.0 with Stock Stable used as a surface. I had also immediately received an update, which I then did.
I left this on my CHUWI Hi9 Plus in the test until today, because it gives me weekly updates. But even the beta runs without any quirks and can be used quietly as a daily driver.
Since the software is a global firmware, but a Chinese firmware, there are a lot of different languages.
What was definitely a plus point for me was that Google Play store and all other relevant Google Apps were installed from the beginning. Only Google Play Music I had to install again.
A few Chinese apps were also installed, from which I was able to uninstall many. I personally think it’s good, but it bothers me again and again that I can not have 5 app icons in a row on the home screen.
That’s why I installed the Nova Launcher again. But the CHUWI Hi9 Plus is doing very well and above all, you have even more options.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Cameras
The CHUWI Hi9 Plus was equipped with two cameras. The 8MP front camera and an 8MP main camera. Both have an aperture of F/2.0. The front camera is ok.
When Skype video chat sees me opposite me clearly. The rear camera takes beautiful photos for a tablet camera.
Not as good as a smartphone, but the photos and videos do not look bad. Only when it is darker, the pictures do not look so nice.
What I like, however, is that the camera software has been equipped with an HDR mode and some filters.
A nice to have, even if the filters have no quality like a high-end smartphone. But if you consider the price range and realize that you are talking about a tablet here, then everything is perfectly fine.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Multimedia and Connectivity
A little multimedia wonder is the CHUWI Hi9 Plus definitely nice. You can install all popular apps in order to be able to watch videos and various music players can also play music.
But you want that too? I say yes. The sound of the CHUWI Hi9 Plus is absolutely fine.
The speakers are nice and loud to turn up, so what you can call in a tablet as a sound and I have to say, even if it is at full volume, the speakers scratch a bit.
The ups and downs are in my opinion well balanced, but everyone feels that differently.
To listen to music in the garden or to watch a movie or a series in the evening on the sofa is perfect.
If you want a bit more sound, then connect a Bluetooth speaker. I use the Marley Chant Mini because it has a decent bass, a long battery life, and a really great sound.
The connectivity of the CHUWI Hi9 Plus is also great. Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac with 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz and 2 × 2 Wifi, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 are on board.
And here I have to say, I did not have any connection problems with WiFi or Bluetooth.
The connection via WiFi to my router or to my camera, as well as the Bluetooth connection to my speaker, were always stable.
USB Type-C with OTG support, Fast Charge, a gyroscope, and electronic compass was also thought of at the CHUWI Hi9 Plus.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus even has LTE. Here is 4G: FDD-LTE 800/850/900/1800/1900//2100/2600MHz, T DD B40 2300MHz. In agglomerations, even LTE should work.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Battery
For the CHUWI Hi9 Plus to run at all, of course, you need a rechargeable battery. And since CHUWI has not lumped and has installed in the CHUWI Hi9 Plus a 7000mAh battery.
Seriously, if I use the CHUWI Hi9 Plus normally, with my usual setup, so 10 email addresses on push in the BlackBerry HUB, over 150 apps, Telegram, Facebook, Instagram, messenger and so on, keeps the battery with me multiple days.
The display on time is then always between 12 and 16 hours. But if I play, for example, the tablet is empty after 7 to 9 hours.
Then the DoT is also at 7 to 9 hours. And it always depends on what I play. For example, Oddworld eats more battery than PUBG.
Nevertheless, who uses the CHUWI Hi9 Plus quite normally, so only a few hours every day, the Hi9 Plus need only load every few days.
The loading then takes between one and one and a half hours. Depending on what kind of charger is used.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Conclusions and Reviews
The CHUWI Hi9 Plus is again a tablet which I really enjoy. I’ve had lots of Android tablets in the last few years that have been getting sluggish after a few weeks of use.
With the CHUWI Hi9 Plus, I have not noticed any slowdown and everything is still running like the first day.
A shortcoming I could not find so far, because until now really everything fits on the cheap tablet.
CHUWI company produces a large number of high-quality tablets, so you can say this is one of the best tablets in its price range of up to $200.
CHUWI Hi9 Plus: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
And the last category is the price. Now there is a promotion and you can buy a tablet for only $189.99 at a discount of 33% OFF.
This is the best offer on the tablet market with a quality 2K screen and decent performance.