Review Chuwi HiPad LTE: the road to success is still long

Chuwi HiPad LTE

For years now we have been able to try out many branded products Hold on. In fact, this company is one of the best known in China. It mainly deals with the development of laptop, tablets and others technological devices of this type. Almost always, moreover, the quality offered by this company has complied with our standards, giving a good care in the realization of all the details. Today, therefore, we are about to present a new product by Chuwi, that is Chuwi HiPad LTE. This is an evolution of the base model, without a SIM slot, which also arrives in Europe with the claim to steal some market share from the competition. Will this tablet succeed? Has he really lived up to expectations? Let's find out inside ours Full review.

Review Chuwi HiPad LTE

Unboxing

In the sales package, made entirely of rigid cardboard, there are few accessories. Chuwi has decided, however, to also send us the keyboard bundled, thus making the entire set available to us. In these two sales boxes, therefore, we find:

  • Chuwi HiPad LTE;
  • USB / USB Type-C cable for charging and data transfer;
  • wall power supply, with 5V / 2A output;
  • plastic film already applied on the front glass;
  • Qwerty keyboard with American layout;
  • short instruction manual;

Design & Materials

From an aesthetic point of view Chuwi HiPad LTE does not differ at all from the version without SIM slot. We are therefore facing a device that measures 241.7 x 172 x 7.9 mm, With a weight of 490 grams. The whole structure is realized in metal, except for the plastic band at the top, on the back. Despite this, however, the feeling returned to the touch by this surface is not premium. It almost seems to be in front of a polycarbonate body.

Chuwi HiPad LTE

If we have to analyze theassembly, then, it is good to draw the attention of those who are reading this review. A thin layer of plastic is placed between the glass surface and the metal body, joining these two parts. Playing a little with the tablet, however, you will notice some crunch too much, due to the fact that the glass is not well fixed to the internal structure. Pressing on the display, in fact, clearly shows how this component moves downwards without any problem.

On the back the design is very similar to what we find on the standard version. Chuwi HiPad LTE shows, however, less color and more substance. Reason why they are present only the two speaker and rear camera. Analyzing the right profile, then, we find the On / off button, volume balance e main microphone. while on the opposite side there are the two holes for the keyboard and the central pin. SIM slot, hole mini jack for headphones and entrance USB Type-C they are positioned high up.

Keyboard

Chuwi also sells its relative separately keyboard, which we received in the test phase. This also serves as a custody for the tablet and fits perfectly on the latter, always remaining firmly in place. Although you can only tilt the screen to one location, this package offers a good comfort. All the keys work properly and the touchpad is also quite accurate.

Chuwi HiPad LTE

An accessory of this type may also make little sense on an Android terminal. During some work phases, however, especially in writing phase, comes back very useful. This is why this tablet could also be used as a support tool for work, in case the main terminals have any problems. Although in plastic, the structure seems solid and the velvety surface on the outside is pleasant.

Display

Going to verify the actual quality of the display, I was not fully satisfied. On board we find, in fact, a unit IPS da 10,1 inches diagonal, with resolution 1200 1920 pixels x. From the point of view of the colors I found a good calibration, although the whites tend a little to yellow and the blacks are really shallow. What convinced me less is on the one hand the poor oleophobicity of the panel and, on the other hand, the poor reactivity of the brightness sensor. On many occasions, in fact, the latter did not properly change the screen backlight, blinding anyone nearby during the night. With manual adjustment, however, this problem can also be marginal.

Chuwi HiPad LTE

Another point that has not convinced me is the quality of the touchscreen panel. For me, in fact, this is not up to expectations. Browsing through the pages slowly, you notice a certain input lag that pervades any menu within the system. Precisely for this reason I think, therefore, that there is some problem in this regard. I would have expected, in short, a greater reactivity and a better precision in the touch, another sore point of the device.

Hardware & Performance

As on the previous model, Chuwi HiPad LTE also features a SoC MediaTek Helio X27, then a deca-core processor with this configuration: 2 Cortex-A72 from 2,6 GHz x 4 Cortex-A53 from 2,0GHz x 4 Cortex-A53 from 1,6GHz. This is then accompanied by one GPU Mali-T880 from 875 MHz, well 3GB RAM e 32GB of internal memory. In case you want to increase the space for data storage up to 128GB, however, you could use a card microSD additional.

We are in the presence of a system that does not express performance worthy of note. Traveling within the various menus, and in any other software, you always feel a certain slowness in the movements. Also on the main screen, among other things, you can feel this problem. It is therefore not possible to use too many applications in succession. With just 3GB of RAM the device struggles, in fact, to keep an acceptable number of apps in memory, which is why it is sometimes necessary to free the app and continue to work without too many slowdowns. On the official website, then, they expose the possibility of exploiting this machine for gaming. From my point of view, however, I think it is practically impossible to complete a game on PUBG, due to the bad input lag and the very poor graphic quality. Even on minor titles, such as Brawl Stars, unfortunately, performance is not much better.

Taking advantage of Chuwi HiPad LTE for watching movies, TV series and video, on the other hand, you can get a convincing result. Also on Netflix, in fact, I did not encounter any problems viewing my favorite content, although the quality does not reach the maximum level allowed (Widevine of type L3).

Benchmark

Software

On Chuwi HiPad LTE we find Android 8.0.0, with security patches stopped at June 5 2018. Increasingly, unfortunately, on these terminals the updates are scarce and such a policy merely removes potential interested buyers from the product. On board, however, resides a practically stock version of Android, without any kind of customization.

We find, in this case, the usual option Duraspeed which should bring benefits in terms of performance when we use an app, at the expense of all the others in the background. In reality, however, I didn't feel any difference activating it. In the remaining menus, then, the company has not inserted any proprietary application, not wanting to burden the system with useless and harmful software. You will find, therefore, only a few Google apps, to which you can add other ones Play Store.

Bow system I have not found many, although someone is present. Pulling down the notification curtain, for example, when there are no messages to read, the window remains locked in half, cutting the line of quick toggles and not allowing us to quickly see all the information at the top. During the whole test period, instead, only a couple of times I found the sudden closure of an app.

Connectivity & Audio

Inside Chuwi HiPad LTE we find a module Wi-Fi ac Dual Band which fails to cover all the points of the house well. I could not, therefore, take the connection in the corners where I usually have too many problems. In case you were, however, willing to use this device outside the home, you could rely on 4G network, thanks to the presence of a double nano SIM slot. This module also supports the 20 band. In any case, there is also no Bluetooth 4.1 with which I did not feel any criticality.

Chuwi HiPad LTE

Two points that have not convinced me are theaudio and the photographic sector. Compared to the first point I must say that the quality is absolutely insufficient, since the bass is non-existent and the volume, at maximum power, shows a slightly too high sound distortion. With a pair of ear headphones, instead, you can enjoy much better performance. On the second point, instead, we find two sensors da 5 mega-pixels. Even in this case, however, the quality expressed is not good, although for a product of this type it may still be acceptable.

Autonomy

According to the data gathered from our experience with this tablet, it is also possible to easily reach 7 hours of screen on with a single cycle. On board, in fact, find a battery from 7000 mAh able to offer good performance. Making the most of this Chuwi HiPad LTE I have achieved more than 6 hours of active screen, on a basis of more than 10 hours of continuous ignition, with the 30% of residual battery. So you won't have any problems viewing different episodes of your favorite TV series.

About the rechargeunfortunately, the power supply in the package has an 5V / 2A output, which is really too slow for such a large battery. To pass by 10 to 100% indeed, it requires almost 5 hours, not just a small amount of time.

Conclusions & Price

Chuwi HiPad LTE can also be purchased on Amazon Italy for the price of 199 €. From a certain point of view the amount requested is really small, even if I think it is too high for what is offered. In fact, if we take a comprehensive look at its performance, I would not recommend it as the main Android tablet, given that there are better products on the market, even on such a low price range. Heading towards a Huawei Mediapad T5, or T3, you can spend less and get a better device in every respect.

Therefore I believe that, in this field, Chuwi still has to work hard to achieve the reliability shown in the PC field.