Android tablets are becoming increasingly rare these days, but some OEMs still do not give up the fight. At the MWC 2018, last February, Huawei unveiled the MediaPad M5 to give some competition to the iPad Pro (and Galaxy Tab S3 Samsung). Now, Chuwi is trying to beat Huawei at his own game with the Hi9 Air. The most recent and most ambitious Android tablet to date is now available for pre-order with a price that hurts what Huawei is offering with its MediaPad M5.
Chuwi’s Hi9 Air model from Chuwi is impressive in every respect. The first time we have the power of the deca-core MediaTek processor equipped with a frequency of 2.3GHz. The Helio X20 chips aboard 10 cores, of which 2 are Cortex A72 high-speed. The remaining 8 cores are Cortex A53.
The tablet has a superb metallic design with a slim design of just 7.9mm. This is remarkable because we have a 10.1-inch diagonal device in front. The metallic body is elegantly finished and, according to the official website, it takes over 150 hours to manufacture the metallic ‘carapace’. The display features great construction and powerful CPU. We have a 10.1-inch Sharp IPS LCD display with a 2560 × 1600 pixel resolution.
The top screen makes the tablet perfect for gaming. This is also supported by the internal performance configuration that includes the following: 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable onboard storage (up to 128GB), and 8000mAh ‘mammoth’ battery. According to the manufacturer, the battery provides 72 hours of standby or 5.5 hours of intense use. Autonomy more than decent. Power supply and data transfer are performed via the MicroUSB 2.0 port (OTG compliant).
Another pleasant surprise is on the Chuwi Hi9 Air of the Dual SIM slot and the 4G LTE connectivity. That means voice calls and high-speed mobile internet. I do not know how many people are going to use a 10-inch tablet on the phone, but it’s worthwhile the device has such a feature.
We continue with the array of attractive features by mentioning the following: the tablet runs the Android 8.0 operating system (a big plus) and On the photography front, the CHUWI Hi9 Air sports a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP front shooter for selfies. It is important to mention that the camera has the LED flash, quite rarely found on tablets.
History to mark the coup, Chuwi has launched a promotional offer and Chuwi Hi9 Air can be found at $199 at Banggood, before 19th and the price will back to suggested retail price $239 when the preorder ends, but the Banggood is offering a considerable 17% off on its retail price. Be careful though, as the promotion will end on April 19th and stocks are very limited. The shop has only 400 units in reserve at the moment. Any question can contact Chuwi official.