Chuwi has introduced another budget tablet model called Chuwi HiPad Air. I managed to get my hands on this device and today I will talk about its main features in this full and detailed review.
In addition, you can read my other reviews from the Chuwi brand at the link here. This tells us that Chuwi has been on the market for several years and produces good products for a relatively low cost.
At the same time, the price tag at the time of this writing on the Chuwi HiPad Air was only $159. You can also order the keyboard separately, but the price will not grow very much, namely by $188.
In terms of technical features, the device has a large 10.3-inch screen with Full HD resolution. Also, the tablet received an all-aluminum alloy body. In addition, the device has a good Unisoc T618 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.
Another tablet from Chuwi stands out for its good battery life thanks to the built-in 7000 mAh battery. The device also received a 5-megapixel front and main camera and is controlled under the Android 11 operating system.
Ok, now let’s find out the main advantages of the Chuwi device and also talk about the existing disadvantages. Therefore, I propose to start a complete and detailed review with unboxing and appearance.
Chuwi HiPad Air: Specifications
|Chuwi HiPad Air:||Specs|
|Display:||10.3 inches IPS with 1920 x 1200 pixels, 60Hz|
|CPU:||Unisoc T618 Octa Core 2.0 GHz|
|Memory extension:||Up to 256 GB|
|Cameras:||5MP main camera and 5MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Dimensions:||245 x 157 x 7.2 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The tablet comes in the most typical cardboard packaging, like most of the devices from the Chuwi brand. On the front, there is only the designation of the company name and without any picture. But on the side of the package, there was a sticker with the main features and specs.
Moreover, the packaging itself was made of dense cardboard material. Therefore, the tablet came to me for the whole test without unnecessary damage.
In the meantime, I found the following components inside the package. This is directly the tablet itself, a Type-C charging cable, a power adapter and instructions for use. As I said earlier, you can separately order a keyboard and use the tablet as a portable laptop for typing or working with other documents.
Design, build quality and materials
There is only one color option available for the new Chuwi HiPad Air tablet model. As you can see from the image below it is gray. At the same time, the tablet itself was made with a minimalistic design, which will only delight my eye during my full testing.
In terms of build quality, the Chuwi tablet was well built considering its low cost. For example, the control buttons had good responsiveness and had virtually no backlash. Therefore, I have no particular complaints about the build quality.
At the same time, the materials used did not disgust me either. Since the device uses an aluminum alloy case on board. Therefore, the tablet was quite light and weighed only 460 grams. The dimensions also surprised me a little, because the thickness of the device was only 7.2 mm. But the size was such values as 245 mm in length and 157 mm in width.
This tells us that the device will be comfortable to use while watching movies, playing games or even while working. In general, the Chuwi HiPad Air was fine with ergonomics, now let’s talk about external interfaces and available connections.
At the bottom of the tablet, I found in the central part of the Type-C connection for charging the device. But along its edges you could see holes for the speakers. That is, the device used stereo sound.
At the same time, I liked the sound quality, given its low cost of the device. The sound had a good headroom in terms of volume and played quite cleanly and transparently.
On the right side of the device is a volume rocker. And on the top, there was a power button. The tablet also received a slot for a microSD memory card, and you can install a memory card up to 128 GB.
In addition, a main camera module with an LED flash was installed on the back of the body. And on the front of the device is a selfie camera with two microphone holes.
Both modules received a resolution of 5 megapixels. So I don’t think you will be using a tablet to take pictures. But for negotiations or conferences on Skype, the presence of a camera will obviously not be superfluous.
As for the screen, it received a size of 10.3 inches and has a resolution of Full HD or 1200 x 1920 pixels. At the same time, the aspect ratio was 16:10 and a typical IPS matrix is used on the Chuwi HiPad Air tablet. I had no particular complaints about the image transmission quality. The colors were very vibrant and saturated, and the viewing angles were wide.
I can also say that the maximum brightness value was sufficient for everyday tasks. For example, I could easily use the device both outdoors and indoors. In the settings of the screen, I managed to find many interesting features. These are auto brightness adjustment, color gamut adjustment, eye protection, reading mode and much more. Okay, now let’s talk about performance and check out what the tablet is capable of in real life.
Performance, benchmarks, games and OS
On board the new Chuwi HiPad Air tablet, a good Unisoc T618 processor is used. It was built using 12 nanometer technology and had eight cores in its performance, where the maximum frequency was 2.0 GHz. As for the test results of various benchmarks, you can analyze the benchmarks in the album below. But I can note that in the AnTuTu test, the device scored about 180 thousand points.
For the gaming capabilities of the Chuwi HiPad Air tablet, the Mali-G52 graphics accelerator with a frequency of 850 MHz is responsible. I managed to play hard and demanding games. For example, one such game was PUBG Mobile. During the games, I did not find any significant overheating problems or other troubles. But naturally, playing games is possible only at low graphics settings.
In addition, the Chuwi tablet offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The read speed was 255 MBps, and the write speed was about 200 MBs. That is, the speed was not very high, but it makes no sense to expect high speed from the eMMC format. But one thing is good that there is a slot for an additional microSD memory card on board the case.
On the other hand, the tablet does not have a nano SIM card slot. Therefore, the Chuwi HiPad Air tablet model did not receive support for 4G or any other network. But on board there was a built-in dual-band Wi-Fi module and there was a Bluetooth 5.0 version. Both modules worked well and during my testing, I did not find any special complaints about them.
I also want to talk about the operating system that received the most recent version of Android 11. It was absolutely pure Android, but already with the services and programs installed by Google. While testing the device, I did not find any difficulties in using and managing. Also UI flipping was smooth and didn’t have many delays and freezes.
Battery and run time
Inside the body of the Chuwi HiPad Air tablet, a 7000 mAh battery is used. It showed itself from a good side in terms of battery life.
For example, the device scored about seven and a half hours with the screen on in the PCMark benchmark. In this case, I used a device with the maximum value of the screen brightness level and for the rest of the test there was still a 20% charge remaining. Therefore, I think that even with active use, the tablet will perform well. And the working time of 1.5-2 days will not have any particular problems.
That being said, it took me about 4 hours to fully charge the device via a Type-C connection and a 10W power adapter.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
The Chuwi HiPad Air is a decent tablet for both educational and business purposes.
Its main advantage is its good build quality and the presence of an all-aluminum body. I also liked the large and bright 10.3-inch Full HD screen.
Besides, I cannot say anything negative about the performance and results of its synthetic tests and games. You can easily not only edit photos, but also play heavy and demanding games.
The device also stands out for its good battery life. The tablet also ran on a completely stock Android 11 operating system.
Yes, there are disadvantages here, and to them I can attribute this lack of support for a SIM card. In addition, the quality of the built-in microphones was not the best and there was no built-in headphone jack and HDMI output on board the tablet.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Now you are able to get the Chuwi HiPad Air tablet at a good and bargain price for only $159.12.
Therefore, if you do not need support for a 4G network, then perhaps this device from Chuwi will be a good choice. Thus, after my complete and in-depth testing, I can recommend the new budget tablet for purchase.