Chuwi HiBook review: Hardware and performance

At this price and this size, the Chuwi HiBook has few rivals in the 10in Android tablet world, let alone the Windows world. It automatically one-ups the comparable Acer Iconia Tab 10, Amazon Fire HD 10 and Vodafone Tab Prime 6 with its metal build and dual-OS functionality, and it's faster than those tablets, too.

That's in Android, of course, and what we found really interesting about the Chuwi is that its quad-core 1.44GHz Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 chip, Intel HD graphics and 4GB of DDR3L RAM performed slightly faster in Windows 10 in our benchmarks. In real world use you probably wouldn't notice any difference, and in most cases the HiBook feels capable enough for most tasks, until you start launching several apps at once. Also see: Best Android tablets 2016 UK.

The Chuwi HiBook is mostly on par with the Chuwi Hi12 for performance, which isn't a surprise given that it runs the same core hardware.

In Android 5.1 Lollipop we recorded 2,162 points in Geekbench 3.0 and 57,593 in AnTuTu. By comparison, in Windows 10 those scores were slightly higher at 2,245 and 71,261 respectively.

We use GFXBench to test graphics, although this failed to run in Windows 10. In Lollipop the Chuwi turned in 23fps in T-Rex and 11fps in Manhattan. This isn't an outstanding performance, but we've seen a lot worse, and the Chuwi is more than up to the job for casual gaming and watching video.

We also run JetStream in Chrome to test JavaScript performance, and here the Chuwi HiBook recorded 32.507 in Lollipop and 37.423 in Windows 10. Higher is better in this test.

PCMark8 Home is a general performance benchmark for Windows 10. It clocked the HiBook at 1058, which is slightly higher than the Hi12's 1010. It's about half the score of a proper budget laptop, such as the £300 Asus X55LA, which recorded 2028 points, but tablets don't tend to score as high as Windows laptops. The £279 Asus Transformer T100HA, for example, recorded 1338 points.

The Chuwi HiBook has a 6,600mAh battery, which is a decent capacity for a budget tablet (the Tab Prime 6 has just 4600mAh by comparison), and pleasingly it's fast to charge when paired with a 5V/3A (15W) adaptor - you'll get from zero to full in as little as six hours. In the Geekbench 3 battery test the HiBook scored 4016 points and a time of six hours 41 minutes, which is on par with the iPad mini 4.

The ability to insert a removable memory card is great news given the limited amount of storage inside. To be fair, 64GB is very generous, but it's not a huge amount for use with Windows 10 (which, as we mentioned earlier, gets 50GB of that allocation, and Android 16GB).

Connectivity-wise the Chuwi HiBook is basic. You get 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and OTG. There's no GPS, nor a cellular connection. Also see: Best Windows tablets 2016 UK.

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Specs

Chuwi HiBook: Specs

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop/Windows 10 Home tablet
  • 1.44GHz (boosts to 1.84GHz) Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 quad-core processor
  • Intel HD Graphics (Gen8)
  • 4GB DDR3L RAM
  • 64GB storage (split 50GB Windows, 16GB Android)
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 10.1in full-HD (1920x1200, WUXGA), 16:10 IPS screen
  • 5Mp rear camera
  • 2Mp front camera
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • OTG
  • USB-C
  • Micro-USB
  • Micro-HDMI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • AAC Double Speaker
  • optional magnetic keyboard cover
  • 6600mAh non-removable battery with 3A fast-charge tech (charges in 6 hours)
  • 262x167.5x8.8mm
  • 522g