Android Product Reviews

Chuwi HiBook Review

Skye Hudson 06-07-2016

If you’re looking for a tablet/laptop hybrid What Are 2-In-1 Laptops and How to Pick the Best One? 2-in-1 laptops combine the portability of tablets with the ergonomics of a laptop, but are they any good? Is it better to get a tablet and a laptop separately? We explore. Read More that can dual-boot Android and Windows, Chuwi thinks they have a tablet for you. The HiBook comes with both Android 5.1 Lollipop and Windows 10, and you can buy an optional keyboard for getting real work done in either operating system.


With this cheap little device, you can get yourself an Android tablet and a Windows laptop 5 Reasons to Buy a 2-in-1 Windows 10 Laptop 2-in-1 laptops are incredibly versatile. Running Windows 10 they are powerful enough to do office work. They also convert into a tablet, complete with touchscreen, making everything easier. Let us tell you more! Read More for under $250. Obviously, though, it’s not a perfect device at that price. Let’s take a look at everything it has to offer – and enter below for your chance to win one!


  • Price: $200 tablet and $40 keyboard from GearBest
  • Dimensions: 10.31in x 6.59in x 0.35in (262mm x 168mm x 8.8mm)
  • Weight: 1.15lbs (522g)
  • Screen: 10.1″ (1920×1200)
  • Processor: Intel Cherry Trail Z8300
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Memory: 64GB
  • Battery: 6,600mAh
  • Camera: 5mp rear-facing, 2MP front-facing
  • Operating Systems: Android 5.1 Lollipop and Microsoft Windows 10
  • Extras: Optional keyboard, TF card slot, USB Type-C, Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, two full-size USB ports on the keyboard


For the price that it is, the all-metal unibody on the Chuwi HiBook is actually pretty impressive. The chamfered metal edges speak to a high-build quality, and the tablet itself is sturdy and free of any squeaking or bending.



It has a light curve around the sides as well, which feels a lot nicer in the hand than its competitor, the Telcast X98 Plus (our review Teclast X98 Plus Dual Boot Tablet Review Android is fun, but Windows 10 is an operating system to get real work done. What if you could have the best of both worlds in one dual-booting tablet? And it's only $200. Read More ). The Telcast is another $200 Chinese tablet that dualboots Android and Windows, but it felt much boxier and generic than the HiBook.


Included on the right side of the tablet is a TF card slot (which should work with Micro-SD cards), USB Type-C port, Micro-USB port, the mic, a Micro-HDMI port. Along the bottom, it has two slots for connecting with the magnet keyboard.



The top edge is home to the power button and the volume rocker.


At 8.8mm it’s not the thinnest tablet out there. The previously-mentioned Telcast is only 7.8mm, and Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 (our review Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Review The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is a clear iPad mini rip-off, but this budget tablet might actually be worth your time. Read More ) manages to shave that down to 7mm. Though I do have to admit that because of the curved edges, the HiBook definitely feels thinner than the Telcast. In terms of weight, it’s about the same as the Telcast at 522g

For comparison, that’s a bit heavier and a good deal thicker than the iPad Pro 9.7″ (our review Powerful Things, Small Packages: iPad Pro 9.7" Review For some people, a 12.9" screen is the main draw of Apple's first iPad Pro. For others, size was the main barrier to entry. Read More ), which weighs 437 and measures 6.1mm thick.



With the keyboard attached, it of course becomes a good deal thicker. In this form, it’s much more like a netbook than a tablet; in fact, it has similar dimensions to my Chromebook Flip (our review ASUS Chromebook Flip Review and Giveaway Are you ready for a Chromebook with a touchscreen that also flips around to become a tablet? The ASUS Chromebook Flip brings the convenience and portability of a tablet with the keyboard of a laptop. Read More ), though the Chuwi HiBook is a tad thicker.


Like most 2-in-1s, the HiBook suffers from being top heavy, so be careful not to knock it over. One of the more noticeable flaws, though, is how difficult it is to open. There’s no slot to slide your finger in, so prying open the HiBook can be a challenge.




On paper, the 1900 x 1200 screen sounds pretty high resolution for this little 10.1″ screen, but in reality, it’s quite underwhelming. Colors are washed out, and it just doesn’t have the pop that so many other screens offer. It’s also terrible in direct sunlight; it just does not get very bright.

That said, it’s not a bad screen. Text and images appear relatively sharp, and for everyday usage in the home environment, it should be fine.



If Chuwi cut one area to make this hit the $200 price point, it was certainly the cameras. The 5MP rear shooter is abysmal. Below you can see one of the photos I took with it outside on a sunny day.


Details were just blurry, colors were muted, and it was achingly slow to take photos. Below is another taken with the rear camera.


This photo was blown out badly, as you can tell by the glowing white in the upper left where there should be a building and some trees — details which my two-year-old OnePlus One Top Six Best Features Of The OnePlus One -- And One Drawback I've been living with the OnePlus One for a few weeks now, and it's amazing, but it's not perfect. Let's run through some of the best features -- and one downside. Read More captured just fine.

The 2MP front-facing photo could work for video chatting, but I wouldn’t recommend it for Instagram-worthy selfies.



The HiBook is actually home to dual speakers, one on the lower right side and one on the lower left side. They’re relatively loud for such a small device too — just be careful not to cover them with your hands if you’re holding it in tablet mode.

Basically, you won’t be blown away, but they’re good enough.



This is a tiny keyboard. There’s no way around that when the tablet itself is only 10.1″. If you hate typing on small keyboards, you’re gonna hate typing on this. However, if you can adapt to a smaller keyboard, it doesn’t feel bad. The keys have plenty of travel and they’re well spaced out. And the touchpad manages to be relatively large given how little space is available.

You can use the mouse in Windows or Android, and you can cycle through selection options with the arrow keys in Android and use Enter to select them — though you’re probably better off just tapping the screen.


For connecting to the tablet, the keyboard has two magnetic plugs and an electric connector in the middle. The tablet snaps in like a charm, and it requires quite a tug to loosen it from the keyboard (which is good for not accidentally taking it off).

There’s no battery in the keyboard, and it’s not backlit, but that should be expected given how tiny and cheap it is. It’s certainly a nice way to make your tablet more productive It's Not Just For Angry Birds: Preparing Your Tablet for Productivity Tablets can be fantastic consuming information and playing games – and sometimes seem to be designed specifically for that. But there's no reason you can't also use your tablet to get some work done. Read More for not that much money.




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It is Android 5.1 Lollipop, but strangely, it’s styled more like KitKat or Jelly Bean. The homescreen doesn’t have a transparent navbar or status bar, the app drawer has a black background instead of a white pop-up animation, and all the built-in apps like Gallery and Browser seem older too.

Of course it does have the Play Store, so it would be easy to trick out your tablet with a new launcher and all the apps you normally use.

Performance-wise, everything was a bit slow on the Android side. Even tapping the power key had a second or two delay before the screen came on. Animations often staggering and apps took a while to open. With 4GB of RAM, you’d think that it’d be fine, but that Intel Atom processor must be in over its head.

Windows 10

On the Windows side of things, it’s all pretty much as you’d expect. Windows 10 doesn’t see the kind of changes and skinning that Android does, so it’s just like using Windows 10 on any other device. When connected to the keyboard, it will behave more like a desktop, and when you detach it, it will go into “tablet” mode where apps take up the whole screen.

The performance felt a little smoother and quicker on the Windows side for some reason, but it wasn’t exactly a dream come true. Having more than a few tabs open slowed it down considerably, but it would fine for working on Word documents.

Battery Life

After watching maybe a little too much YouTube, playing some games, and reading some articles throughout my day, I ended with about 3 hours of screen on time. It’s enough to get you through the day with medium usage, but it’s not fantastic.

Perhaps more disappointing is how long it takes to charge: about 3.5 hours from dead to 100%. That’s painfully slow, especially in an age where fast-charging What's a Quick Charger? Here's Why You Need One Now Smartphones take less time to charge up these days and it's all thanks to a new technology called Quick Charge. If you don't have it yet, you'll want it soon. Read More is being tossed onto everything.

Should You Buy It?

There’s an argument to be made for not buying cheap Chinese tablets Tablets Compared: Why You Shouldn't Spend Money on Cheap Chinese Android Imports To answer the question regarding the quality of cheap, Chinese-designed tablets, I purchased an ASUS Nexus 7 and a Hyundai T7. Ultimately, I determine whether Chinese tablets are worth importing. Read More , but if the Chuwi has everything you’re looking for Which Android Tablet Should I Buy? 7 Things to Consider If you're thinking about getting an Android tablet, these are the things that you need to take into consideration. Read More , why not? If you want an Android tablet that can double as a Windows laptop from time to time, and you’re not too concerned with having the newest, fastest device, then go for it.

However, if you’re looking for something that’s going to see an update to Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What It Is and When You'll Get It Android Marshmallow is here -- but why should you care? Read More or Nougat Microsoft Talks Windows 10 Subscriptions, Android N Is Nougat... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 subscriptions are not coming (yet), Google names Android N Nougat, Apple bullies Spotify into submission, Amazon announces Prime Day on July 12, and a bonkers man builds a bonkers bazooka. Read More at some point, or if the laggy experience isn’t worth the low price tag to you, then look elsewhere.

Our verdict of the Chuwi HiBook:
The Chuwi HiBook has a nice build quality and low price, but it suffers from a slow processor, weak camera, and mediocre screen. If those are sacrifices you’re willing to make, go ahead, but most people would probably be better off with a Chromebook or Nexus tablet.
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  1. Brandon
    July 22, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I won! I had 13 entries out of 28442... what a stroke of luck! Excited to try this badboy out, it looks awesome.

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Is it legit

  2. Serg Green
    July 22, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Who won the giveaway?

  3. Trisna Sutisna
    July 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    wish me luck! ^^

  4. safayat jamil
    July 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hey... who won the giveaway??

  5. Param
    July 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I want it

  6. Debabrata Pradhan
    July 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    It's amazing with dual os (android & windows).What's a superb design and colour.Thanks

  7. James
    July 12, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I also like having the ability to switch Operating systems. This would be a very nice item to win.

  8. Sandra
    July 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    it's purple! I'd like to win one please, thanks (:

  9. Anonymous
    July 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Seems interesting, would like to win. No pressure though :) Might help out in numerous way. Personally, I'm not too sceptical about Chinese tablets! Maybe I'm just not a technophile in any way. By the way, nice hair... *winks and smiles in order to obtain gadget*

  10. Musa Simiyu
    July 11, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I like that the Chuwi HiBook combines both Android and Microsoft Windows 10 OS. I love it and it is clear that it can satisfy my computing and mobile needs. I appreciate this great review. Thank you for the chance to win.

  11. Sabina
    July 11, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Wow! ?? I play this for my mum! ????

  12. Anonymous
    July 11, 2016 at 9:19 am

    If I win, I hope you'll send it to where I live in Slovakia. Wish me good luck and have a nice day!

  13. Anonymous
    July 10, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I had a Chuwi V10HD Tab. Except cheaper build they have all you need to do your day to day work. I will love to have one again. :)

  14. Praveen M
    July 10, 2016 at 1:33 am

    I could do with a this! Thanks for the giveaway. I'll share it! Wish me luck!

  15. Ian Hale
    July 9, 2016 at 4:36 am

    This Lenovo G555 is overheating, I could use this!

    • Riley J. Dennis
      July 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      good luck then!

  16. Edmond Leung
    July 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    WOW. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true and means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the Chuwi to work and eat. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      July 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      this winner winner chicken dinner comment is honestly the highlight of my reviews, hahaha. good luck!

  17. vinu
    July 8, 2016 at 6:57 pm


    • Riley J. Dennis
      July 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      WOOO yay!

  18. Anonymous
    July 7, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    This tablet pc specs are just awesome! Especially picturing the price alongside the specs.
    Entered. Hope to win.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :-D

    • Riley J. Dennis
      July 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      haha definitely! good luck!

  19. sheryl ipis
    July 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Liked and shared!
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    Great products.
    Love it!!!!

    • Riley J. Dennis
      July 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      yay! thanks!

  20. Anonymous
    July 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    "...Micro-USB port, the mix, a Micro-HDMI port." I think you meant *mic*, not *mix*. #proofread