With the Chuwi Hi13, we have received the latest tablet of the Chuwi Hi series. The big 13.5″ China Tablet has some highlights like a Celeron processor, four speakers, and a high-resolution display. We tested the Chuwi Hi13 for one week in the everyday life.
Chuwi Hi13: Specifications
|operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|CPU||Intel Apollo Lake N3450 (up to 2.2 GHz)|
|Graphic accelerator||Intel HD graphics 500|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3 (up to 1.6 MHz)|
|Permanent memory||64 GB EMMC and additional slot for microSD card up to 128 GB|
|Screen||IPS / PLS, 13.5 inches, 3,000 × 2,000 pixels|
|Wireless interfaces||Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n), Bluetooth 4.1|
|Wired interfaces||MicroUSB, microHDMI, 3.5 mm|
|Main camera||5 Mp|
|Battery||10 000 mAh, 37Wh, 7.4V|
|Dimensions||33.4 × 22.2 × 9.2 cm|
|The weight||1.1 kg|
|Optional Accessories||Full-size keyboard, stylus|
Chuwi Hi13: Packing & Delivery
The Chuwi Hi13 is delivered in the typical brown and simple box made of cardboard, in which all Chuwi tablets are delivered. The accessories include some documents such as a multilingual quick start guide and a quality control report. Furthermore, a Type-C power supply with German power cable is included. A USB type C cable for your own power supply is also included.
Chuwi Hi13: Design & Processing
Chuwi Tablets all look quite similar. The Chuwi Hi13 is no exception. The tablet consists of a plastic chassis in which the display is embedded. Mainboard and battery are attached to this chassis. For stability, an aluminum cover, which forms the back and the frame of the tablet.
Optically, this results in a high-quality impression. The design is solid and stable. However, if you take the Chuwi Hi13 in your hand, the impression quickly dissipates in the air. With smaller tablets, this structure ensures a certain stability. But this is not the case with a tablet of this size. If you hold the Chuwi Hi13 in only one corner, the device bends noticeably. Even if one presses the back with the finger pressure, this is noticeably reduced. Unfortunately, this also ensures that the valuable impression is lost and the tablet rather cheap.
The front of the Chuwi Hi13 is completely covered with glass. The black frame is drawn around the display. Above the display is a front camera, to the right of the display a Windows logo, which is sensitive to touch and opens the Windows Start menu.
On the upper side of the tablet, you will find the buttons for switching on and the volume control. The buttons are made of plastic and sit right-handed in the case. On the left, all the connections of the Chuwi Hi13 were placed. This includes a headphone jack, a micro HDMI output, a micro USB OTG port, a USB type C connector with audio and video output support and a Micro SD card reader. The microphone is also here as well as two of the four loudspeakers.
On the lower side is the docking port for the optionally available keyboard dock. In addition to keyboard and touchpad, this offers two USB ports, which unfortunately were painted on the tablet itself. On the right side of the Chuwi Hi13 are only two other speakers. So in all corners of the tablet one.
The back is very plain. Besides the Chuwi logo, a few more imprints and a camera at the top, we find nothing interesting here.
Something that is quite annoying is the extremely high weight of the Chuwi Hi13. The tablet weighs over 1kg, which is simply too much for a tablet. After a while, the hands are tired and you have to drop the device or place it in the keyboard dock.
Chuwi Hi13: Display
The large display in the Chuwi Hi13 offers a lot of space to work and a really sharp display. Due to the high pixel density, individual pixels can only be recognized when the display is almost touched with the nose. From the contrast, the panel is convincing and the color reproduction is very good, which makes it ideal for viewing images and films. On the left here is the bottom of the screen is a few small lighthouses, but they do not disturb.
According to the manufacturer, the display brightness is 460 Nits. From the visual impression, the indication should be synonymous approximately. But it is not light enough for use under bright sunlight. This is mainly due to the mirrored surface and the fact that it is not an OGS display. The narrow gap between the LCD panel and the display glass provides additional reflections, which considerably impair readability.
The brightness of the display can be controlled automatically. The Chuwi Hi13 has an ambient light sensor. The regulation does not always work perfectly. Especially with artificial room lighting, the automatic tends to be constantly on and off with slight movements of the tablet.
The touch panel supports 10 touch points and additionally the Chuwi HiPen, which offers 1024 pressure stages. However, this is not a Wacom digitizer, so the corresponding input pins are not compatible. The touch panel suffers from a light input lag, which interferes particularly with the fast tapping. The accuracy is also not perfect. It is often difficult to get small controls on a small scale.
The display glass is not hardened and therefore prone to scratches. In the case of careful handling, the glass will remain scratch-free for a long time, but if you want to be safe, you should use a protective film. There is a foil on the tablet. The glass also does not have a grease-repellent layer. Fingerprints are therefore quickly eliminated. The surface is also not very slidable, which makes it feel rather unpleasant when scrolling.
Chuwi Hi13: Hardware & Performance
Equipped with an Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450, the Chuwi Hi13 promises a decent performance on the paper. The QuadCore chip was already able to convince itself already in the LapBook 14.1 with sufficient power for largely liquid surfing in the net and working with Office.
In the Chuwi Hi13 is however not the case. And this is not due to insufficient cooling because this has Chuwi this time much better than LapBook 14.1, but rather the enormous display resolution. The GPU just does not manage to hold the 3,000 x 2,000 pixels. Any kind of 3D animations jerky. However, even during normal operation, stuttering and jerking is always the case – even when surfing with the Edge browser.
The Chuwi Hi13 is anything but suitable for computing and graphic-intensive applications. The performance is probably sufficient to call up a few challenging web pages, watch videos (also 4k), and to process the text, but everything that goes beyond it will suffer from performance bottlenecks. If you wanted to buy the device for blogging, the should also consider again. The WordPress backend, for example, overwrites the processor again. Chuwi would have really done well to put on a full HD display because there feels the N3450 well.
Of the 4GB RAM, the user, unfortunately, does not have much left for his programs. 600MB are hacked for the GPU in order to be able to control the resolution at least halfway so that the system and the programs only 3.4GB of RAM remain. For 3 – 4 open programs is enough, but then the system feels much slower because it is outsourced.
One has to praise Chuwi – at least partly – for the internal memory. Although here only 64GB eMMC memory is used, this comes however from Samsung and achieves especially when reading a proper speed. When writing, he could be a little faster. Nevertheless, it is a shame that you do not have more eMMC memory or an SSD of the same size has installed.
The memory can be expanded with Micro SD cards. Supports up to 128GB. One of us tested 128GB card worked perfectly. The Micro SD card reader is quite fast and could reach with our card a speed of 86MB / s while reading and 24MB / s when writing.
Disappointing is that Chuwi has deleted a feature, which the tablets of the manufacturer has always been excellent: There are no full-fledged USB ports on board. You must use the type C or Micro USB connection with a corresponding adapter.
Chuwi Hi13: Software
The Chuwi Hi13 comes with Windows 10 Home 32-bit. The system is licensed and the key is stored in the UEFI. Activation was possible without problems. Bloatware is not available except for a configuration tool for the optionally available stylus. The system comes from the factory in English. German can be manually installed. We did not find any malicious software. Windows Update works properly and did not lead to driver conflicts in the test. Booting from other operating systems is currently not supported by the UEFI. In the UEFI menu (AMI Aptio) most of the settings are disabled.
Chuwi Hi13: Voice Quality & Audio
The Chuwi Hi13 has four internal speakers. There is a speaker in each corner of the tablet. For a China Tablet, these deliver a surprisingly good sound. This is especially true if the BassBoost is activated in the Realtek
HD Audio Manager. We would have liked a higher volume, but on the whole, you can not complain.
Also, the headphone connection provides a really good audio signal. There is no noise. The user expects a crystal-clear sound with a decent maximum loudness. The mix can be adjusted according to your wishes by the equalizer.
However, as usual, the microphone has disappointed. For Cortana it is enough, but not for more. Voice recordings sound very dull and show a strong noise in the background.
Chuwi Hi13: Camera
The cameras in the Chuwi Hi13 are rather average or even below average – depending on what one compares them. They are suitable for demanding video chat and for taking pictures of notes, but not for more. When recording videos (720p), there is also an error from time to time, which reduces the audio quality in addition to the bad microphone massively.
Chuwi Hi13: Battery
The battery has 10,000mAh sound after very much. However, you must remember that the Celeron processor consumes more power than an atomic chip. In addition, there is also the large display, which also jiggles at the battery – especially with high display brightness.
The recharge time is accordingly good, but not exhilarating. Depending on the display brightness and load, the Chuwi Hi13 achieves a running time between 2.5 and 6 hours. To be more specific: in the office, the tablet with us for the 5 hours through and while playing movies about 4 hours. 6 hours can only be achieved at the lowest brightness, which in everyday life is a rather unrealistic scenario.
The charging process is surprisingly fast. With the 12V / 2A USB Type-C charger, the battery is fully charged in 3 hours. It is even faster if you go to the tablet completely. This reduces the charging process by half an hour.
Chuwi Hi13: Conclusion
The Chuwi Hi13 is a nice big tablet with half-way equipment. Chuwi has however with the installation of such a high-resolution display a massive design error committed. The processor is simply too weak for this, which makes the Chuwi Hi13 in the everyday life only to a limited extent fun. Well, it’s easy to watch movies and pictures, or surf the net and edit the word in Word. But there is no more in it, without having to live with massive jerks. In this respect, the tablet can only recommend a restricted target group.