Chuwi is announcing a new tablet in their Android lineup called the Hi 9 Air. Set for a mid-April release, Chuwi is offering some interesting capabilities on their new tablet, which should be interesting when coupled with the low entry price. Featuring Android Oreo, the Hi 9 Air should fill the gap nicely for the entry-level tablet market in terms of price, but with some upscale features as well.

Chuwi’s Hi 9 Air will be a 10.1-inch IPS display, with a 2560x1600 resolution, and the display will be fully laminated OGS, which should help reduce reflections, and the display will feature 0.5-inch bezels.

Chwui Hi 9 Air
Component Hi 9 Air Tablet
Display 10.1" 2560x1600 IPS OGS
SoC MediaTek Helio X20
2 x Cortex A72 @ 2.1 GHz
4 x Cortex A53 @ 1.85 GHz
4 x Cortex A53 @ 1.4 GHz
RAM 4 GB LPDDR3
Storage 64 GB eMMC
Operating System Android Oreo
WiFi Dual Band (expected 802.11ac)
Cellular Daul SIM 4G LTE
GSM B2/3/5/8
CDMA1X BC0
WCDMA B1/2/5/8
CDMA2000 BC0
TD-SDMA B34/39
FDD-LTE B1/3/4/5/7/20
TDD-LTE B38/39/40/41
Cameras Front: 5MP
Rear: 13MP w/Flash
Battery 8000 mAh
Dimensions 241.7 x 172.8 x 8.2 mm
9.5 x 6.8 x 0.32 inches
Expected Mid-April 2018 for less than $250 USD

Chuwui is powering the tablet with a MediatTek Helio X20 SoC, which isn’t cutting edge, but does offer A72 big cores at 2.1 GHz, along with A53 cores at both 1.85 Ghz and 1.4 GHz. This will be paired with 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage.

The Hi 9 Air also features a 13 MP rear camera with a flash, and a 5 MP front camera. For those that want cellular, the Hi 9 Air will also feature dual SIM, and offer a Cat 6 LTE modem.

Made out of aluminum, the tablet features a 8000 mAh battery, and has dimensions of 241.7 x 172.8 x 8.2 mm (9.5 x 6.8 x 0.32 inches). Weight isn’t specified.

The Hi 9 Air is expected to be on sale in mid-April, and while Chuwi has yet to fix a final price on it, it should be under $250 USD.

Source: Chuwi

 

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  • deil - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    I miss only info if it will be USB-C Reply
  • outlw6669 - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    Although I could not find any solid conformation searching around online, I am confident that it will have USB-C.
    Looking at the rest of their lineup, USB-C charging seems to be the norm, and Micro-USB is quite dated for new products in 2018.
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  • Dr. Swag - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    I hope they have on time software updates though...

    It does ship with oreo, which means treble. So maybe that wouldn't even matter if it was the case.
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  • haukionkannel - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    Treble does not mean anything for upgrades. It is possible to have treble and not get any upgrades at all. Treble makes the upgrades easier to do, but that is all it offers! Reply
  • Bob Todd - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    Yes and no. It guarantees jack squat from the OEM as you suggest. But assuming the bootloader is unlocked, it also makes it FAR easier to port custom roms. I'm not sure about kernel source and community support with the X20, but I'd love a nice (and well priced) Android tablet with really good community support for updates (e.g. Lineage). Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    I have an Hi Pro 8 and it has Android mode on it and would say this company's products are total waste of money - they might look good on outside but they are cheap - especially where it counts with setup of OS. Reply
  • SquarePeg - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    I bought 2 Chuwi Lapbook 14's based on the review here at Anandtech and My daughter and I really like them. They are much nicer than their $219 price tag would imply. There are a few select Chinese nobodies that are just killing it right now and Chuwi is one of them. If you didn't like the Hi8 Pro you should probably have tempered your expectations with the fact that it was a $99 device that could dual boot Windows and Android. Reply
  • serendip - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    Yours probably uses an Atom chip. Android on x86 has been abandoned and it was slow to begin with. I've got a similar Windows+Android Atom tablet, I ended up deleting the Android partition because it was so slow. Reply
  • boozed - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    Wagrrrrwwgahhhhwwwrrggawwwwwwrr

    (No Anandtech, this comment is not spam!)
    Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - link

    Headphone jack? Or do we need an adapter to turn our data/charger port into a headphone port? Reply

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