This review is long overdue but having used it for almost 1 month, the Chuwi Hi8 Pro has it’s pros and short comings which we will see in this video.
Design and Build Quality
Deisgn wise, the Hi8 Pro looks not too bad at first glance. The front has quite a thick bezel around the display, and the top and bottom has enough space for your thumbs in landscape mode. The silver lining at the sides seems to be made of metal which has a nice contrast to the white plastic body. 4 screws are used to keep the silver lining in place which also gives it an industrial look. The back of the device is made of matt plastic which gives it some grip when using the device.
As for the display, the IPS panel and the glass panel is far apart so it’s not hard to notice a gap between them. This bad design or manufacturing process makes looking at the display feel kind of weird.
The device is quite thick as compared to other tablets in the market, but does not feel weird when using it.
Hardware and Display
The 8 inch FHD IPS display is bright and sharp and viewing angles are good. Images and videos look great when using this device. Only thing is that the sunken display tends to take away the immersion feeling and feels that I’m not directly interacting with the display.
The Chuwi Hi8 Pro has 32GB internal storage with a SD card slot at the side which supports up to 64GB. This may not be a lot for some, but should be enough to put in your favorite photos and videos.
The tiny speaker at the back sounds hollow and lacks the deep bass sound. It does not sound nice and I rather use a ear piece for audio purposes.
The volume rocker and power button is on the side together with the SD card slot, and the top has a headphone jack, Type-C port and a micro HDMI port.
Other specs include a 2MP front and back camera, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, non-removable 4000 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and accelerometer.
Software and Performance
The main feature of the Hi8 Pro is the ability to dual boot between Android 5.1 and Windows 10. With the Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 QuadCore 1.44 GHz and Intel HD Graphics, performance on Android was moderately good. Swiping through the home screen or tapping the app drawers feels sluggish. Launching apps was fine and loading speeds are decent. The 2GB of RAM onboard is enough for the Hi8 Pro for multitasking. Gaming was quite a positive experience with above average frame rate but loading times wasn’t that quick.
Windows on the other hand, feels very sluggish. Opening more tabs on chrome introduced lags which make the experience go downhill. As a window’s user, it’s normal to open multiple windows and applications but it seems the 2GB of RAM isn’t enough for Windows. The Windows mode will be suitable for light processing but will be difficult for heavier loads.
Battery life was average even for the 4000 mAh battery. Pushing the tablet with more processing causes the battery life to drop quite fast. It will be difficult for the tablet to last a full day with higher intensive use. Even on standby, the battery life somehow drops more than usual even though I factory reset it. It will be handy to have a charger around if you intend to use it outdoors.
Can’t say much about the camera, the 2MP does not produce good quality images, but it will be good for video calling.
The Chuwi Hi8 Pro is cheap but functional device. The design doesn’t look too bad and the FHD display is nice to look at. Performance was fine on Android but average on Windows. The device will be great for entry level and for those who do not plan on doing high intensive stuff on the tablet. Considering the price is just SGD$120, the short comings like the camera can be overlooked. Furthermore, the dual boot OS is a plus for such a price and useful for people who wants 2 OS in a single device.