Chuwi HiBook review Dual-boot Windows 10 and Android on this budget 10in tablet

By Rjain June 2, 2016 15:05

Chuwi HiBook review Dual-boot Windows 10 and Android on this budget 10in tablet

Chuwi’s HiBook is one of few tablets to dual-boot Windows 10 and Android Lollipop, making it a great proposition if you can’t separate work and play. This budget tablet comes in at a great price, too – find out more in our Chuwi HiBook review.



The best thing about Chuwi’s latest tablet the Chuwi HiBook is that it runs on both Windows 10 as well as Android Lollipop. This means that users can do both their office work as well as play an Android game on the same device, just at the click of a button through which you can switch over from Android to Windows.


The Chuwi HiBook also has a keyboard, which does not come free of cost with the package, however, it is highly recommended if you are going to use the device for official work too. You can get the keyboard for around 3500 rupees.


As well as adding a full-size keyboard and trackpad it gives you two full-size USB outputs; without it the HiBook has just Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, USB-C and a microSD slot.

The tablet has 64GB of internal storage, with 50GB reserved for Windows and 16GB for Android; each OS consumes around 6GB. This isn’t a huge amount of storage for either OS. Although if you’re not storing something on the device, you can choose to store it on a micro SD card the device has a port for it too.


To switch between OSes the tablet requires a reboot. Fortunately it performs this pretty quickly, but you should remember not to leave any work unsaved. At startup you can choose to boot Android Lollipop by pressing the volume up key, or Windows 10 by pressing volume down; if you don’t make a choice the HiBook will boot into the last used OS by default. A shortcut on the Windows desktop lets you switch to Android, or if you’re using Android you can tap the Switch to Windows icon in the drop-down notification bar to revert to Windows.

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On paper the screen on the Hi12 sounds more impressive, with 2160×1440 pixels across its 12in panel. However, thanks to its smaller 10in display, the 1920×1200 pixels (still full-HD) on the HiBook appear just as sharp – sharper in fact, since the HiBook has a 224ppi against the Hi12’s 216ppi, but you won’t be able to differentiate between the two with such a small difference.


It’s a nice screen, with its IPS tech offering realistic colours and good viewing angles at a 16:9 ratio. It’s not the brightest screen we’ve seen, but it’s sufficient – and the HiBook supports adaptive brightness controls. We also find its size more practical for using this budget tablet on the road. However, the HiBook suffers the same issue as the Hi12: you need only point a finger in its direction and it smears.

Ignoring the difference in size between these two tablets, though, the design is very similar. As with its bigger brother the Chuwi HiBook has a silver (also available in gold) metal body that’s just 8.8mm thick, which is impressive for a budget tablet. It feels reasonably heavy at 522g, and we presume it would be even heavier with the keyboard, but it’s not a major complaint. More importantly, despite its cheap price tag the HiBook feels well made, with no rough edges or creaking parts, and tiny metal screws adding to its durable feel.


The screen bezels are rather chunky, especially given that Android’s back, home and recent buttons are found onscreen (necessary since they have no function in Windows). However, in the top bezel sits a 2Mp webcam, which will be useful for video chat if not offering the best quality for selfies, and to the right of the screen (or the bottom if held in portrait mode) is a Windows button that acts as a home button in Android.

On Android, using the device without a mouse and keyboard is perfect, but could be a little stressful if you will be using the Windows 10 entirely on touch without a keyboard and a mouse.

Unfortunately, without the keyboard the HiBook has no full-size USB ports for adding these peripherals, although you could connect devices wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.0.

For ports and connections you get reversible USB-C for charging, Micro-USB for connecting devices such as a mobile hard drive, Micro-HDMI for hooking up the Chuwi to a large screen, and a microSD slot for up to 64GB of additional storage. There’s also a mic and 3.5mm headphone jack. As with the Hi12, stereo speakers sit at the bottom left- and right edges of the tablet, which means they can be muffled with your palms when held in landscape mode.


At the back side of the device, you can see Chuwi’s logo in the bottom and a 5 megapixel camera. Although the camera is not that great, I don’t think many of us would actually want to take some sharp images with a heavy 10 inch tablet.


What I 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.

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.

The device did pretty well while playing games like temple run and subway surfers. There were minor unnoticeable lags in the gameplay. However, playing bigger games would have problems on this tablet. As I already think nobody would buy this for hardcore gaming, I would still want to say, if you want to purchase this solely for gaming, this is not perfect for you.

Although I do not trust and give my verdict solely based on benchmarks, this tablet has pretty much outshines its competitors in the benchmarking test I did through this device.



The Chuwi HiBook has a 6,600mAh battery, which is pretty good 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 will get from zero to 100 percent charge 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 greamount for use with Windows 10 (which, as we mentioned earlier, gets 50GB of that allocation, and Android 16GB).


Although I’ve already mentioned the camera specs above, the Chuvi Hibook sports a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. This of course isn’t the perfect device for taking selfies, but you could probably use it with ease to have a video chat with your client, or with your family.

Keeping in mind about the price of this tablet, the rear 5 megapixel does extremely well in lit up images but is not all that great in low lighting.


Being one of the few tablets which has a dual software, I would suggest people to buy the tablet there itself. Also, as the device has a pretty decent camera dos on to the goodness of this tablet.

Although, as I already think, nobody would want to take selfie’s with a 10 inch device, if you even think to do so, this device is not the right choice for you.

Speaking about gaming, it is a perfect device if you want to play smaller games like temple run. Bigger games could have a lot of problems.

So, If you love playing smaller games, and have to do your office work, I really can’t suggest you a better tablet than this if you’re on a limited budget!


By Rjain June 2, 2016 15:05
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