Better an Android tablet or Windows 10? Needless to say, give an unambiguous answer is virtually impossible, since they are two very different operating systems. Android app offers a huge park and a user interface created to be used with touch screens. On the other hand, Windows 10 puts on the plate superior versatility and user experience identical to that of the PC, view the compatibility with the x86-x64 applications. If at time of purchase are not sufficient grounds to embark on one of the two alternatives, and you have a small budget, then the tablet CHUWI HiBook could be the one for you. Available on the popular shop Gearbest to a current price of only 150 €, the Chinese notebook offers the possibility of using both operating systems, as needed. Although until now we talked about the tablet, define the CHUWI HiBook a notebook is not at all wrong, because, as in the case of products such as Microsoft Surface, even here we can combine a practical dock with integrated keyboard, perfect to take advantage of Windows 10 in desktop mode. Given the cost of this accessory, to € 34 as we write this article, the proposed CHUWI starts to become even more tempting. Unfortunately we have not been able to test the two elements together, stopping at the tablet. Not bad, however, because in this way we could touch the build quality of the terminal and its speed of execution, to better understand if this economic solution can really keep up with the most famous brands.
Since the selling price did not expect a full package of accessories, but one proposed by CHUWI is really bare-bones. The tablet is contained within a fairly rigid recycled cardboard box while inside the same is rather thin, a sign that it was decided to save on this component. Same thing for the bundle, which includes only the USB charging cable and charger Type C: unfortunately, this adopts a format not compatible with the Italian sockets, so you’ll have to purchase it separately. There are also booklets warranty and a quick start guide, although most of the information is written in Chinese, this is the price to pay if you want to reduce the price to a minimum. Although the first impression was not positive, good news comes instead from the tablet, which despite its very low cost is well assembled. The whole seat is made of metal, with the side edges cut to facilitate the grip, while the front part is made of glass. We do not know what kind of glass is used but the device is sold with a pre-applied film. In the front you can see a small status LED, the light sensor, the main cam and the Windows Start button. The Android navigation keys are not present, but they are available virtual ones, although the Start button can be used as a Home button for Android. Good connectivity, which includes a USB Type C, a Micro USB, a Micro HDMI, a memory card reader and a 3.5 mm jack. CHUWI has equipped its 2-in-1 with two stereo speakers, installed in the side edges and the bottom is occupied by a 5 pin connector for the optional dock. power button and volume rocker are on the top edge.
In general, we were impressed by what CHUWI can offer constructive the opposite, given the very low price with good quality materials. However, we note that the screen is placed quite far from the protective glass, if you are used to using tablets like the iPad Air or Pro you’ll know right away. However, it is a little compromise to keep costs down, nothing major.
As widely expected, the hardware used in this CHUWI HiBook is fairly basic, offering the bare minimum for running Windows 10. Unlike the speech to Android, which instead requires less power to be used to the fullest. Given the relatively small size and the fact that we are facing an economic tablet, CHUWI did not have much choice on the type of processor to be used, an Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 64-bit, with the basic clock frequency 1.44 GHz, while in mode Turbo gets to 1.84 GHz. the GPU is integrated into the SoC, the Intel HD Graphic with 12 Execution Unit and frequencies between 200 and 500 MHz. the internal memory includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC internal storage type, no SSD, for which the read / write speed is lower than in solutions from higher cost. The display is of type IPS with a resolution of 1920×1200 and an aspect ratio of 16: 9. CHUWI has also included a main 5 megapixel cam and a 2-megapixel secondary, two elements quite subdued, but that could also be useful. Connectivity includes WiFi b / g / n and Bluetooth, with a 6600 mAh battery to power everything, which should, according to the official specifications, provide about 8 hours of battery life.
Software and user experience
When you first start the CHUWI HiBook shows a menu where you can choose which operating system from Windows 10 or Android 5.1. In this phase the touch capabilities are not active, so one must rely on the volume rocker: a touch upwards for Android and one down for Windows. This is not a multi-boot very immediate to tell the truth, but once you understand the mechanism, there are no problems. In our analysis, we started from Android, present here in an almost stock version but with some Chinese app pre-installed, as Beidu Maps and other software in the Chinese language difficult to understand. Fortunately you can uninstall, so this is not a problem. Once done the tablet is virtually free from any accessory and software ready to be customized thanks to the Play Store, installed by default. The operating system has proven to smooth and responsive, Android else works well with less hardware and less RAM.
Web browsing rather lightly puts on display the hardware limits: Chrome pages will load faster but the scroll is not the most fluid, better with the stock browser, but it is very poor in functionality. The good performance during the game, although the loading time of the titles are not of the fastest. Angry Birds 2 is that Asphalt 8 run rather smoothly, we have seen better but are playable. The only concession to a customization otherwise absent are holding down the power button, showing the classic menus of Android but with the option to reboot in Windows 10 mode, which allows us to discover how does the CHUWI HiBook with this OS . Android is undoubtedly lighter and therefore we expected lower performance with Ten and so it was. Despite this, the experience, albeit basic, is not bad, and certainly the price of the product makes the really minimal claims from this point view. In tablet mode, however, we continue to prefer the experience offered by Android, move to Windows 10 in the more business-oriented applications, such as Office, although the dock with keyboard becomes essential in this case. Good performance with Microsoft Edge, here too the load time is not the best but the scroll is fairly fluid. Asphalt 8, Windows 10 version runs fine, for an experience comparable to Android, but better not to go further with the games. We tested several sample videos to corner the SoC Intel: all right up to 1080p, with 4K at 60 fps shooting, however, you notice some sign that this resolution, largely with high bitrates, might give you some trouble.
During heavy use the CHUWI HiBook tends to heat up in the top left of the rear bodywork, but not always happen. Rather positive judgment on the display, which offers a good general definition, average viewing angles and a color range with no particular problems. The only drawback we found in the use outdoors, where the light is reflected a little ‘too much on the panel. Even the stereo speakers gave a good response, with a sound that at a normal volume is defended well. Chapter autonomy: we could not do the 8 hours reported from the house, but with an average use are guaranteed nearly seven hours of use, which decrease with increasing complexity of operation. We close with the data relating to reading / writing speed of the disc, which recorded with CrystalDiskMark 130.9 and 71.52 MB / s, respectively, in sequential read and write. Speaking of memory, we note that Android offers 8 GB of storage space on 64, while Windows 10 has available to 32, just under 30 GB effective.