Chuwi Hi12 Review

This is the Chuwi Hi12 Windows 10 and Android 5.1 Dual boot with active stylus support. Wow that was a super long name for a tablet. This tablet has a Cherry trail processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, and both Windows and Android. So I know I haven’t gotten into the review, but the screen is so good. Sure the iPad and the Mipad have similar levels of high res, but this one is just so much better. OK enough ranting, here is my review, a little late I know, but better late than never!

Key Specifications
12″ 2160×1440 IPS Display with active stylus support Intel Atom Cherry Trail Z5-X8300 Quad Core 1.33GHz
4GB RAM + 64GB ROM 2MP + 5MP Camera
Windows 10, Android 5.1 Bluetooth, MicroHDMI, 2x USB 3.0 port, MicroUSB
11000mAh Battery MicroSD card slot, OTG
854g, 296.7 x 202.8 x 8.9 mm

Build Quality

2 things I immediately noticed when I first unboxed the Chuwi Hi12, first, it feels super high quality, and second, it’s really heavy. This tablet has some serious quality behind it, it’s fully metal and is very solid, but the metal seems to scratch kind of easily as well. You will also want to take off the screen protector as that makes the touch sensitivity very bad. The tablet is almost exactly the same size as the Surface Pro 3, about 3mm wider but 0.6mm thinner. It’s also 50g heavier than the SP3 at 854g, which is quite heavy for a tablet, but keep in mind that it’s also a 12” tablet, which makes it great to use, more on that later.

You find the Windows button on the right side and the camera up top.
Power and volume buttons are on top. All the ports are on the left side, 2 USB ports, 1 is a USB3 port, MicroUSB, MicroHDMI, MicroSDCard and the headphone jack. The keyboard connectors are on the bottom.

The back of the tablet is metal, and man does it look good. It’s really easy to scratch though, so just watch out for that.

The keyboard dock is still in transit and once I get it I’ll update this review with the keyboard as well.

It is very heavy, but it counterbalances the tablet very well so it doesn’t tip over when typing. You get one USB port on the right, giving you a total of 3 USB ports.

The keyboard is magnetically connected to the tablet, and it snaps in very tight. You can’t shake the keyboard off. This style of connection is way better than the button style like the ASUS T100, because there are no moving parts and you can just pull it off.

The typing experience is not bad, on par with the ASUS T100 and Chuwi Vi10, with some pretty good travel and feedback. It is a lot better than the new 12″ macbook, where the key itself travels like 5mm and it feels like you’re typing on a touchscreen.

The trackpad is adequate, it’s kinda small, but sensitivity is nice and gestures work fine.

Overall, build quality here is actually really really good, it’s solid, it won’t snap or bend. However, it is really heavy, and the back scratches easily, and that actually bothers me more than it should.
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