CHUWI LapBook 12.3 is a laptop powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 “Apollo Lake” processor, with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a high-resolution display that ships with Windows 10 Home, and is supposed to support Ubuntu too. While the laptop was announced last April for $349, it has now started to sell for $299.99 on GearBest with coupon CHUWI123 valid for the first 100 orders only, after which you should be able to get it for $309.99 during flash sales.
CHUWI LapBook 12.3 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 – 6GB DDR3
- Storage – 64 GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot up to 128 GB + M.2 SSD up to 256 GB
- Display – 12.3″ IPS display with 2736 x 1824 (2K) resolution; 3:2 aspect ratio
- Video Output – 1x micro HDMI port
- Audio – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, built-in stereo speakers and microphone
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. (Intel Wireless AC-3165 module)
- Camera – 2.0 MP front-facing camera (on GearBest shown as 0.3 MP)
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 port
- Power Supply – 12V/2A
- Battery – 8,000mAh / 7.6V (60.8 Wh) Polymer Li-ion battery good for about 5 to 6 hours
- Dimensions – 300 x 223 x 16.7 mm
- Weight – 1.44 kg; all metal body
I previously reviewed CHUWI LapBook 14.1, and was pretty happy with it, especially it would also run Ubuntu 17.04 with basically everything working. However, there are some things you cannot test as a reviewer, such as reliability and customer service, and while anecdotal, I got some feedback about problems with the keyboard and poor customer service:
I bought14″ Apollo Lake laptop but unfortunately it had “well known” defect on the keyboard (keys stop working). It’s been over a month and two dozen emails and I still haven’t received the reference number to get it repaired. I had huge hopes on but even if the hardware is nice they fail badly at post-sales.
The company also appears to have changed the eMMC flash part number in later production batches, which lead to several people unable to install Ubuntu on newer LapBook 14.1 laptops. The company also claimed several time that they considered selling Ubuntu versions of their laptops, but never followed through, so it feels they are not really committed to supporting Linux on their devices.
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