The Chinese manufacturer Chuwi brings a new entry-level tablet on the market, which should cost to launch under $100. This is the Chuwi Hi8 SE, which I would call an even cheaper version of the Chuwi Hi9 Pro (Review). Highlights include an 8-inch FullHD display, a quad-core processor, a metal back and even Android 8.1 Oreo. Chuwi Hi8 SE Powered by MediaTek MT8735 quad-core processor 1.1GHz, with 2GB of memory and 32GB of internal storage.
A highlight of the Chuwi Hi8 Se is definitely the design. For the price, it actually feels the quite high quality and looks also chic. This is mainly due to the case, which is mostly made of metal. Only at the top and bottom, there are two plastic covers. Competitors of Amazon, Huawei and Lenovo do not feel so valuable. Chuwi Hi8 SE is only available in black color. On the back side, on which is located the camera’s eye and the speaker hole. On the right side, the manufacturer placed a power button, a volume control, and a microSD card slot. Above there was a place for a USB-C port, a micro HDMI connector, and a standard 3.5mm headphone hole.
The display of the Chuwi Hi8 Se is 8 inches tall, has an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a FullHD resolution with 1920 x 1200 pixels. Considering the price, this is a very high resolution and text and icons look pretty sharp. Almost all competitors in this price range have only an HD resolution. It’s an IPS panel with solid angles. Also, the contrast and the color reproduction seemed to me to be ok at the fair. However, I can not describe the Hi8 Se as really bright. For indoors it seems bright enough, but I guess you will not see anything outside in the sun.
CHUWI Hi8 SE includes a SoC of MediaTek MT8735 a Quad Core with ARM Cortex-A53 processors capable of reaching 1Ghz and an ARM Mali-T720mp2 GPU. The installed RAM is 2 GB and the storage is 32 GB although we can increase it thanks to the included microSD port. A sufficient configuration for a basic tablet but limps at the GPU level if we want to use leading games.
The Chuwi Hi8 Se comes with Android 8.1 Oreo and the interface is not adapted. So it’s almost pure Android. On the photography front, the Hi8 SE tablet houses 5.0-megapixel camera on the back and a 2.0-megapixel front shooter for selfies and face-to-face video chatting. Moreover, the tablet PC runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and is backed by a robust 4000mAh battery. It would also include WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 4000 mAh battery. At connectivity level, we would have a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB port for data and power.
The Chuwi Hi8 SE is a tablet with an 8-inch FullHD display and Android 8.1 Oreo for less than $100 at Gearbest. Chuwi Hi8 SE is definitely very exciting at this price. Mainly because of the 8-inch FullHD display and Android 8.1 Oreo.