There are thousands of tablet makers out there and we know very well that we can’t (and never will) cover it all, but if there’s a deal or some announcement that we think it will benefit those with tight wallets, we are all for it. The Chuwi Hi 9 Air Android tablet is one such example. From Shenzhen-based tech company Chuwi, Hi 9 Air is the brand’s latest iteration of the Hi 9 line which, despite its less than stellar specs sheet, has a few tricks up its budget sleeve. First and foremost, fans of Android OS will be glad that Hi 9 Air will be shipped with Android Oreo and it has a generously sized IPS display coming in at 10.1-inch (diagonally, of course).
The 2,560 x 1,600 pixels QHD display will be fully laminated OGS, so it should has minimal reflections and the tablet will have narrow bezels of 0.5-inch. Narrow bezel has yet to catch on with tablets, but I can tell you it is long overdue. Why? Because, it should. I mean, just look at Chuwi Hi 9 Air images; don’t you think narrow bezels, or even no bezel at all, should be a thing for tablets too? From the images, Hi 9 Air does look awesome, although we can’t say the same for the specs. Driving the clockwork is a MediaTek Helio X20 chipset which, in all honesty, is not particularly stellar, but it has 10 cores nonetheless, packing some pretty punchy cores including two A72 at 2.1 GHz, quad A53 clocking in at 1.85 GHz and another quad A53 at 1.4 GHz.
The processor is bolstered by 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM, while storage is by the way of an eMMC flash coming in at 64 GB. No expandability was mentioned, btw. Imaging is never a focus for tablets in general, but it is not shabby either, well, that’s with respect to megapixel only. The Hi 9 Air will be getting a 13MP main camera with flash and a 5MP front-facing item. It will get the usual connectivity, you know, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth, though it is not known what version those will be. Our source speculated that 802.11ac might be in order.
In addition, it will have a cellular model that supports dual SIM 4G LTE and it will presumably have most of the sensors that make today’s tablet ticks. A battery of 8,000 mAh capacity rounds up the package. And oh, it will have an aluminum body. Chuwi Hi 9 Air is expected to hit the shelves sometime in mid-April, but no pricing was offered at this point. However, AnandTech noted that it should not cost more than $250. So, folks who are in the market for a handsome tablet with OK-to-not-too-shabby specs that won’t break the bank, take note.