$369 CHUWI Hi13 2-in-1 Windows 10 Tablet is Equipped with a 3000×2000 Display, Supports Ubuntu / Linux

I’ve recently reviewed CHUWI LapBook 14.1 laptop powered by an Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 quad core processor, and found it to be a perfectly usable entry-level laptop with a few caveats like potential issues with USB ports, and the lack of brightness keys. The company is now about to launch with a higher end model, with the same processor, but instead of a 14.1″ Full HD display it will come with a high resolution 3000×2000 touchscreen 13.5″ display. The tablet will sell with Windows 10, but the company also claims support for Ubuntu, and other Linux distributions will likely work too.
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CHUWI Hi13 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N3450 quad core “Apollo Lake” processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.2 GHz (Burst frequency) and 12 EU Intel HD graphics 500 @ 200 MHz / 700 MHz (Burst freq.); 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3L memory
  • Storage – 64 GB eMMC storage + micro SD slot for up to 128GB extra
  • Display – 13.5″ touchscreen display with 3000 x 2000 resolution, 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Video Output – micro HDMI port
  • Audio –  Via HDMI port, 4x speakers, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Keyboard – Detachable metal rotary QWERTY keyboard
  • USB – 2x USB port on keyboard, 1x USB type C port on tablet with support for power, data, audio & video
  • Camera – 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • Battery – 10,000mAh battery, fast charging with 24W power supply
  • Dimensions – 334 x 222 x 9.2mm
  • Weight – 1080 grams (tablet only)
The 2-in-1 hybrid tablet/laptop will also sell with a Chuwi HiPen H3, and the older HiPen H1 stylus also works with it.
 The company also provided a comparison table between CHUWI Hi13, Microsoft Surface Book, and Apple iPad Pro.
Hi13 Surface Book iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
Price $369 Starting at $1499 Starting at $799
Operating system Windows 10 (Ubuntu OS support) Windows 10 iOS 10
Screen size 13.5 inch 13.5 inch 12.9 inch
Resolution 3000 x 2000 3000 x 2000 2732 x 2048
Pixel density (PPI) 267 267 264
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 4:3
Speakers Four speaker audio Two speaker audio Four speaker audio
Thinness 9.2mm 13.0mm 6.9mm
Processor Quad-core Intel Apollo Lake Dual-core Intel Core i5/i7 Dual-core Apple A9X
Fanless design Yes No Yes
All-metal design Yes No Yes
Type-C port 1 x USB Type-C None None
HDMI port 1x Micro HDMI None None
Stylus HiPen H3 Surface Pen Apple Pencil
Keyboard Detachable rotary keyboard Detachable rotary keyboard Keyboard cover

While there are some similarities, the cheapest Surface Book comes with 8GB RAM and a 128 SSD, and a dual core Core i5 processor that will be much faster than the Apollo Lake processor, and usable for video editing and recent 3D games, which won’t be the case for CHUWI Hi13. Nevertheless, that could still be an interesting option for people looking for a device with a high resolution display for less than $400.

CHUWI Hi13 will be officially released on February 20, with pre-orders for $369 starting on the same date. [Update: You’ll find the device on GearBest, GeekBuying and Aliexpress for about $350]

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TC
TC
3 years ago

comparing their Atom with a Core i and an ARM… good one

brb, gonna compare my bicyle with a car and a locomotive…

Miguel Mayol i Tur
Miguel Mayol i Tur
3 years ago

They should offer the Ubuntu edition with a discount.
And the Ubuntu sells will help them to sell Android and MS WOS 10 editions or dual boot ones too.

AlexN
AlexN
3 years ago

If I am not wrong, Chuwi Lapbook supports Linux, can be upgraded to 8GB and costs right not 220€, so we may have finally found the good cheap Chinese Linux laptop.

14.1 inch Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450
http://www.gearbest.com/laptops/pp_602696.html?wid=21

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

TC :
comparing their Atom with a Core i and an ARM… good one

To be honest: But if I look at this device category the CPU would be the last thing I check. Display and audio quality, Wi-Fi performance and for certain use cases definitely touch+pencil are the things to check (not possible by looking at spec sheets or those comparison tables targeting only absolutely clueless people). And then ‘user experience’ (are there really people around using this Windows 10 stuff?!)

AlexN
AlexN
3 years ago

can be upgraded to 8GB

Note: That is yet to be confirmed, gearbest.com says upgradeable to 8GB in their product description, but some people have their doubts about it. So please be cautious with this. I am trying to get confirmation from gearbest.com

tkaiser
tkaiser
3 years ago

@AlexN
I neither know how this ‘as cheap as possible laptop’ relates to this tablet blog post nor why anyone would trust in GB product descriptions or ‘information’ from their ‘support’ staff anyway… but it’s pretty obvious there aren’t SO-DIMM slots present or even possible by thinking about the dimensions of this thing. Of course modules are soldered and you need to deal with BGAs to upgrade DRAM:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhtgUHZYjZ8#t=2m52s

C
C
3 years ago

Chuwi 14.1 has soldered RAM… but a free m.2 slot for ssd-upgrade.

I’m hoping the Hi13 will have options to upgrade both but even storage upgrade would be super. Oh but it definitely needs Linux support.

frank croteau
frank croteau
3 years ago

I would seriously consider buying this if was configured as a dual boot (win 10 and android) because I own the
Hi10 pro 2 and absolutely love it. Anyone know if they will offer a dual boot one? Thanks.

Hunter
Hunter
3 years ago

@frank croteau

You could always download Bluestacks and run it from Windows. Maybe even partition the disk and download Google operating system and some sort of software that gives the ability to do dual boot.

joost van der wulp
3 years ago

I recently bought me one. Gorgeous device: very nice aluminium alloy.
Windows is a disadvantage: i would use it on ubuntu or android.
Ubuntu support is officialy promised by chuwi.
But i can not boot it with ubuntu live cd: only a black screen….
Can anyone help me ?
Please feel free to comment.
joostvdw from belgium

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