Chinese-based device maker CHUWI recently got on our radar with two interesting product that seemingly offers outstanding value for price: a sub-$100 8-inch Windows tablet and a 12-inch Windows and Android dual-boot behemoth in development. We have now gotten word of another addition to CHUWI’s line up, the CHUWI Hi8 Pro.
From the name and the specs, we can easily deduce that this new tablet is the sub-10-inch brother of the aforementioned 12-inch Hi12, the Hi and Pro presumably indicating better hardware than the sub-$100 Vi8. An Intel Atom X5 Z8300, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage powers a 8-inch Full HD 16:10 screen with a USB Type-C port. Other connectivity options include microSD card slot, HDMI output, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiDi wireless. 2MP front and rear cameras prevent the CHUWI Hi8 from becoming your main imaging machine (not that we encourage the behavior), and the 4000mAh should ensure about a day of light usage.
The defining feature of the tablet, however, is in the software. As mentioned, CHUWI Hi8 will come with dual-boot option for Windows 10 and Android 5.1 Lollipop, similar to its 12-inch brother. At least, we are reasonably sure that it will be dual-boot; there have been attempts in the past to provide customers with choice between Windows and Android, but it has to be made during the buying process. If true, CHUWI’s tablet will be one of the firsts to offer true dual-boot capabilities right from the OEM.
Along with the tablet itself, CHUWI is also introducing a optional, original cover, complete with bluetooth keyboard to complement its machine. Of course, optimization for the 8 inch screen means that the keyboard will be small and cramped, and no trackpads or trackpoint. However, the keys look well-spaced and sufficiently raised from the keyboard, and will work in a pinch for short productivity sessions between the content consumption that it’s obviously designed for. The CHUWI Hi8 Pro will reportedly be available starting from January.Further reading: Android, CHUWI, Microsoft, Windows 10