CHUWI Hi 9 Plus: 10.8 inch tablet for $189.99

The CHUWI Hi 9 series so far consists of two models: the CHUWI Hi 9 Air and the CHUWI Hi 9 Pro. Now the manufacturer is completing the triple and introducing the CHUWI Hi 9 Plus, the largest tablet in the series.

CHUWI Hi 9 Plus with keyboard

Technical Specifications

Display 10.8 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels; IPS Display
Processor MTK Helio X27 (MTK6797) Deca Core @ max. 2.6 GHz
Graphics chip ARM Mali-T880 MP4
Main memory 4 GB RAM
Internal memory 64 GB; microSD card up to 128 GB
Camera 8 megapixel main camera, 8 megapixel front camera
Connectivity 2.4/5 GHz Dual Band WiFi, BT 4.2, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm jack connector, 2 Micro-SIM Slots, LTE
Operating system Android 8.1
Battery capacity 7,000 mAh
Dimensions/Weight 266.4 x 177 x 8.1 mm | 500 g

The Hi 9 Air a little bigger

Compared to the other CHUWI tablets, the design of course doesn’t change much. There is much less innovation on the tablet market than on the smartphone market. But the “plus” in the name already reveals it: CHUWI serves customers who want the largest possible tablet.

With a display diagonal of 10.8 inches, the screen is at least 0.7 inches larger than the next larger CHUWI Hi 9 Air. Again, this is an IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1080p. CHUWI is not known for particularly strong displays, but manages to reach an average level.

CHUWI Hi 9 Plus Tablet Display

Unfortunately not much happens on the back as usual. Beside the CHUWI lettering and the main camera you won’t find much. It’s a pity that CHUWI can’t be made to use a fingerprint sensor like Teclast did with the Master T10. Otherwise the housing frame offers the function keys, the USB type C connection and the other connections.

CHUWI Hi 9 Plus rear panel

Again with Deca-Core CPU

The “plus” in the name refers not only to the size, but also to the processor used. The Hi 9 Pro and Air each have the Helio MediaTek X20 processor. The Hi 9 Plus comes with a higher clocked version of the X20, namely the Helio X27. This is of course also a Deca-Core processor, which clocks with a remarkable 2.6 GHz in the performance dual core cluster. The other eight cores are divided into two Cortex A53 quad-core clusters, each clocking at 2 GHz and 1.6 GHz.

Although this CPU is a bit more efficient in terms of performance, as it is basically the X20, the problem of low energy efficiency remains due to the 20 nm manufacturing process.

CHUWI Hi 9 Plus Tablet Specs

In addition there is 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory as standard. This can be expanded by a maximum of 128 GB memory using a microSD card. With a capacity of 7,000 mAh, the battery is not as large as that of Teclast’s competitors. In addition to the memory card space, there are two slots for a SIM card that each support LTE. For local Internet there is Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth is of course also on board. In addition, CHUWI has two loudspeakers installed, which should provide a stereo sound.

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Two cameras also find their place in the CHUWI Hi9 Plus. The manufacturer pays equal attention to both sides. An 8 megapixel camera is used on the front and an 8 megapixel camera on the rear.

In contrast to the predecessor model, which is illogically called CHUWI Hi 10 Plus, the manufacturer now uses only one operating system. So the Hi 9 Plus also only works with Android 8.0. Nevertheless, CHUWI also offers a magnetic keyboard, which can be connected to the tablet to get a kind of notebook replacement.

Evaluation

CHUWI remains faithful to the Hi 9 line and to be honest changes relatively little. The magnetic keyboard is of course a useful accessory when you need it. The slightly larger size doesn’t really make a difference in my eyes and there’s also a small upgrade in the processor choice, but certainly not a decisive one. Therefore: The CHUWI Hi 9 Air is definitely sufficient for all aspects. Nevertheless, we are waiting when the CHUWI Tablet will be available in the China shops. Would you be interested in a test from us?

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