The Chuwi HiPad is a 10.1-inch Android tablet with Helio X27 processor by MediaTek and for the low price in our review. We took a closer look at the cheap tablet in the test.
In addition to the 10.1-inch 1080p display, the Helio X27 processor is used and additionally offers Dual WiFi 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz for under $140. So, let’s look at the main specs of Chuwi HiPad tablet.
Chuwi HiPad: Specifications
|Display:||10.1 inches IPS with 1920 x 1200 pixels|
|CPU:||Helio X27 or Mediatek MT6797X|
|GPU:||ARM Mali-T880 875MHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 128GB|
|Cameras:||5.0MP main and 5.0 front camera|
|Connectivity:||802.11 B / G / N / ac (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) WiFi, Bluetooth: 4.1|
|Connections:||USB Type-C, TF card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Dimensions:||252.5 x 162.9 x 9.4mm|
Chuwi HiPad: Design and Appearance
Design-technically, the Chuwi HiPad is more like Nubia Red Magic phone and does not really knock you off the peg.
The front is completely made of glass and then embedded in a black aluminum and plastic frame.
The margins on the sides, as well as above and below are here quite large, but tablets persuade generally not with narrow edges.
On the top a telephone receiver and the lens of the front camera. However, the display glass is not specially coated and so it is always fast with fingerprints.
The back of the tablet consists of an aluminum lid with top and bottom plastic caps.
The lid is quite dull and fits quite well in the hand, but quickly attracts fingerprints and scratches.
If you are really picky, you will not be able to avoid constant cleaning and should also organize a suitable cover. The weight is 490 grams and the dimensions are 252.5 x 162.9 x 9.4mm.
Overall, the workmanship is not perfect, so slight gaps are visible on both the front and the back.
The housing cover on the back is not quite flush with the caps on. Here you have to make a few drawbacks in the price range.
At the top, there is also a 3.5mm jack for headphones and at the bottom a USB Type-C, mono speaker.
Micro-SD memory card (up to 128GB) can be used on the left side. The side buttons for power and the volume rocker are made of metal and have a good pressure point.
Chuwi HiPad: Display
The Chuwi HiPad in our analisis has a good-resolution 1080p IPS display with a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels.
The 10.1 inches display with this resolution has a better aspect ratio (16:10) for films, for example.
As with all devices with MediaTek processor, here can be further optimizations in the MiraVision settings.
Here you should definitely turn on the “dynamic contrast” because it brings a lot more out of the display.
The usual games, such as a night and reading mode, as well as an automatic brightness control, are also adjustable. The display itself is well lit and only at the bottom of the screen is easy to see the screen bleeding.
The automatic brightness control of Chuwi HiPad works almost always perfect. The maximum brightness is not sensational but should be enough for readability inside. In sunlight, however, it is difficult to hard to read.
Otherwise, the tablet has a 10-point digitizer with a fairly short reaction time, so you can also very precise and fast typing.
Chuwi HiPad: Hardware and Performance
The Chuwi HiPad in the test is equipped with the 2.6GHz Helio X27 MTK6797X ten-core (Deca-Core) processor from MediaTek.
The processor is now already over three years old and is the counterpart to the Snapdragon 810, but should bring enough performance for today’s conditions.
Of course, since the X27 is manufactured using the 15nm manufacturing process, the energy efficiency is not as good as today’s modern processors.
The Helio X27 has a tri-cluster (slightly underclocked here) with 2x Cortex-A72 units up to 2.6GHz for burst performance, 4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0GHz for medium to heavy duty, and 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.6 GHz for general and less demanding tasks.
The GPU is the Mali-T880 MP4 with 875 MHz and can thus easily fire the 10.1-inch 1080p display.
The performance of the Helio is absolutely sufficient for the most common applications. Supports the SoC of 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, which also has a pretty good throughput.
The Tablets’ good performance is also confirmed by the benchmark apps: AnTuTu has a good 106.138 points.
While the internal memory varies slightly with 130-235MB/s read, 100-135MB/s write, and 4447MB/s RAM, they are still fairly acceptable values.
At e.g. Playing Asphalt 9, Modern Combat 5, MMX Racing, Asphalt Airborn 8, The Room Three, Hearthstone or other high-resolution games you will not notice any jerks or lags.
Only the power-hungry game “Playerunknown’s Battleground Mobile” detects minimal jerks and delays, which sometimes makes control and accurate aiming difficult.
Does it seem to be a minor problem with the Throttling of the SoC!?
Chuwi HiPad: Software
The tablet comes with Android 8.0 Oreo and Stock Android interface. The language is multilingual and of course, also has English to choose from.
Unfortunately, the security patch is not up-to-date as of June 2018 and if you’re already on Stock Android, you should at least be able to keep it up to date.
An OTA update is available, so why not update?
The Chuwi HiPad otherwise uses the Stock Android 8.0 Launcher and therefore has the same functionality.
It is limited to the essential, is accordingly slim and runs absolutely smooth. If you do not like the launcher, you can of course also install another one from the Play Store.
Speaking of Play Store, this is also preinstalled at the factory, as well as the usual Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, etc.).
Since the surface is Android Stock, everyone should be able to find their way quickly. The X1 does not have its own extra features or functions but is limited to the Android 8.0 standard scope.
The general view and font sizes can be adjusted if desired in the settings. However, the Chuwi HiPad tablet does not support multitasking, where you can split the screen and use two apps at the same time.
Chuwi HiPad: Cconnectivity
The tablet supports all common WLAN networks according to 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), as well as Bluetooth 4.1.
I would like the tablet to have a network connection, but here it is not. Also, there is no GPS connection, but if you look at the price, then you understand that the price corresponds to the stuffing.
Chuwi HiPad: Sound
Although the lower mono speaker of Chuwi HiPad in our analisis quite loud, but it lacks significant volume and dynamics.
There is a lack of bass and a clear separation of the different pitches. So it sounds quite careless and the heights are a bit overdriven.
With “good” headphones, the X1 sounds a lot better, if not groundbreaking. If you want to watch music or movies, headphones are mandatory, otherwise, the tablet is no fun.
Chuwi HiPad: Camera
As with most tablets, the cameras are not the purchase criteria and can not compete with the smartphone cameras.
The Chuwi HiPad has a 5.0-megapixel main camera and a 5.0-megapixel front camera. Both are okay with the quality of a tablet, but not anymore.
In good light conditions, the quality is ok, but the shutter speed and focus are not the fastest, especially if you enable HDR mode.
This gives you a slightly higher resolution but at the expense of the trip time. If the lighting conditions decrease, the image quality also decreases significantly and the images quickly start to rush.
For one or the other video chat session but it should be enough.
Chuwi HiPad: Battery
The Chuwi HiPad has a big 7000mAh strong battery and delivers a mediocre battery life. In the synthetic benchmark with Geekbench 4 Pro, it achieved 1978 Battery Score and just over 6 hours of screen-on-time.
Of course, you can not achieve such values in reality, and I came to an average of almost 5 hours with a lot of surfing and videos.
Fortunately, the Chuwi HiPad in our test also has a USB Type-C port for charging. The tablet needs 60 minutes for charging 50% and in about 2.5 hours it is fully charged again.
Chuwi HiPad: Conclusions and Reviews
The first thing that catches your eye is a design that is very similar to the gaming phone Nubia Red Magic, at least the back side of the tablet.
Does this tell us that this is a gaming tablet? I do not think so. The SoC is already older, but should actually be able to run without any jerks. Maybe the tablet is just not optimally set to the processor, which we have already noticed with other devices with MediaTek SoCs.
Nevertheless, the performance for the most common applications and games easily enough.
The Chuwi HiPad tablet in our review is particularly suitable for videos and films due to the 1080p resolution and the 16:10 aspect ratio.
If you then put on good headphones, you should not miss anything here. Also for surfing the Chuwi HiPad is very good, the colors and the contrast are good, although it lacks some brightness. In sunlight, the display is difficult to read and is more suitable for indoors.
The internal memory of 32GB should also be sufficient for most but can be extended on request via memory card.
Unfortunately, you have to make cuts in the mobile network, because, with the limited frequencies, we often have only one rather a bad connection.
It is also positive that you are on Stock Android and no unnecessary bloatware midlifers.
Nevertheless, you have to deliver updates here in the long term, especially with regard to the security patch level. Hope Chuwi will deliver an update soon.
Chuwi HiPad: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
The price of Chuwi HiPad is about $140 on average and buy a good tablet with compromises.
You have to go anywhere in this price range, in far the positive and negative points of the HiPad play a role for you, you have to decide for yourself.