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Chuwi HiPAD LTE Tablet Review

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Last month, I acquired Chuwi HiPad LTE pill, and in the first part of the evaluation I checked out the specifications of the 10″ tablet with a MediaTek Helio X27 deca-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32 GB storage, and had a take a look at the accessories together with the keyboard dock.

I’ve now had extra time to truly play with the gadget, so I’ll report my expertise with Android eight.Zero, and the pros and cons of the newest Chuwi tablet.

CHUWI HiPad LTE Tablet ReviewClick to Enlarge

Basic Impressions

My earlier pill was Onda V18 Pro, and Chuwi HiPad LTE is clearly an upgrade because of the quicker Heliox X27 deca-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The 10.1″ display has a 1920×1200 decision, not fairly nearly as good because the 2560×1600 resolution of the Onda pill, however I nonetheless found the display to be crispy and sharp. I discovered the pill to be nice for shopping the online and watching YouTube movies, as well as enjoying some informal and 3D video games, though a number of the latter are a bit sluggish.

WiFi  works great, and I’ve not had any disconnection, no apparent efficiency issues during use, and battery life is pretty good, as we’ll see additional under. One of the primary downsides is that the cameras are close to ineffective, it felt like touring again in time 5 to 10 years when digital camera in cellular units weren’t fairly nearly as good as in most units bought at this time. I had no specific reliability points, and the primary frustration was that the smooth keyboard would typically miss key presses for some reasons.

Benchmarks

Earlier than operating benchmarks, let’s take a look at CPU-Z to double the system information.

Chuwi HiPad LTE CPU-ZClick to Enlarge

The tablet is powered by a MediaTek Helio X27 (MT6797X) with three CPU clusters: 2x Cortex-A72 @ 2.59 MHz, and two 4x Cortex-A53 clusters @ 2.0 GHz. The SoC additionally comes with a Mali-T880 GPU. As said in the specs the HiPad LTE is provided with 3GB RAM (2701MB accessible to Android), and a 32GB eMMC flash (24.63GB inner storage). The system runs Android eight.0.0 with Linux 3.18.60, and an outdated safety patch degree. There’s a restricted number of sensors (accelerometer, mild, and proximity), and no temperature sensor. The 25°C battery temperature is hardcoded.

I first run Antutu 7.2.2 in the lounge without air conditioner, and the tablet achieved 86,836 factors. However I remembered room temperature matters, and at 35°C I assumed it might have affected the outcomes…

Chuwi HiPad LTE Antutu 7.2.2Antutu at 35°C (left) and 28°C (right) -Click to Enlarge

So I moved the desk in my cool workplace (28°C) , and re-run the benchmark. The score is now a lot better at 103,217 factors, and virtually double the Onda V18 Professional Allwinner A63 pill. My other reference is Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphone that will get round 133,000 points in the same benchmark, and feels fairly quicker to make use of, particularly in games.

Chuwi HiPAD-LTE 3DmarkClick to Enlarge

I ran three 3Dmark benchmarks:

  • Ice Storm Excessive – eight,964 factors (vs 6,002 factors in Onda V18 Professional with Mali-T760MP2 GPU, and better 2560×1600 decision)
  • Ice Storm Limitless – 13,529 factors
  • Sling Shot – 953 factors

For reference, Xiaomi Mi A2 will max out Ice Storm Excessive.

HiPad LTE PCMark 10Click on to Enlarge

PCMark 10 is a superb benchmark to guage “productivity” duties resembling photograph modifying, and writing. With Four,312 factors CHUWI HiPad LTE will get right within the center between Onda V18 Professional (2,933) and Xiaomi Mi A2 (6,743) scores.

I’ve additionally run GeekBench Four.Zero because it’s typically run by others, but doesn’t essentially provides an excellent performance estimate of the system. It does server its function to benchmark the processor performance both for single-threaded and multi-threaded workloads.

GeekBench 4 Mediatek Helio X27MediaTek Helio X27 (1,728 points) will match Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (1,630 points) found in Xiaomi Mi A2 telephone within the single-core benchmark, however someway underperform (Four,123 vs 4,729) regardless of the extra number of cores. I also ran that benchmark in an air-conditioned room (28°C).

You will discover the GeekBench 4 results for Chuwi HiPad LTE right here.

Storage and Wi-Fi Performance

I’ve run A1 SDbench app to take a look at the eMMC flash efficiency.

Chuwi HiPad LTE A1 SDBench98.73MB/s reads and 60.64 MB/s writes isn’t excellent, but not too dangerous either.

CHUWI HiPad LTE eMMC flash storage PerformanceRead/Write in MB/s – Click on to Enlarge

The pill additionally helps microSD card, so I inserted one, and it was detected, and I might use it after formatting it in Android. Alternatively, you possibly can also add two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card plus one microSD card.

Chuwi HiPad LTE microSD card SIM card

I might also join an exterior SSD by way of the USB-C port because of MINIX NEO S2 USB hub + SSD combo, which the storage gadget was recognized. As a aspect observe, I couldn’t use the HDMI output of the USB-C hub as HiPad LTE in all probability doesn’t help DisplayPort Alt. mode.

The tablet supports WiFi 5 (802.11ac), I might connect at 292 Mbps to my router,  and check results with iperf2 weren’t too dangerous:

I used to get near 250 Mbps in different evaluation with my previous router, but I had to change router, and it’s in all probability not clever to match to older numbers. In my case, 144 Mbps is definitely quicker then the maximum velocity of my broadband connection (100 Mbps download).

Cameras

Rear digital camera

So I took a couple of photographs with the rear digital camera, and outcomes are dissapointing. The standard seems just like cameras utilized in telephone or tablets 5 to 10 years previous. You’ll be able to see the pattern by yourself.

It will get worse in low mild, and focus may be arduous to get. There’s no flash both. Resolution of the photograph is 2560×1600 pixels.

I additionally shot some 1080p videos in the course of the day (3GP, H.264, 1920×1080 @ 30 fps, MPEG-Four AAC mono audio @ 128 Kbps)…

… and at night time (6 fps).

Front-facing digital camera

The front-facing digital camera is equally poor

Again I’ve show a sample in the course of the day…

… and at night time the place my face is barely seen (which is probably not a nasty thing :))

Video Playback in Kodi, VLC and YouTube; DRM info

I tried some movies in Kodi and VLC played from the microSD card.

Kodi 18.3VLC 3.1.7
H.264 – 1080p60 OK OK
H.264 – 4K30OKOK
H.264 – 4K60OKCaught on first frame, audio nonetheless enjoying normally
H.265 – 4K24 OKStuck on first body, audio nonetheless enjoying usually
10-bit H.265 – 4K60OKCaught on first body, audio still enjoying usually
VP9 – 4K60 Performs but one way or the other automated ahead skips of Four-5 seconds do happen (on two totally different samples)Caught on first body, audio nonetheless enjoying normally

Kodi works fairly nicely, however VLC struggles a bit extra. 4K help is of limited use in this pill since we’ve acquired a 1920×1200 display here, however at the very least meaning the processor can deal with those in Kodi.

Youtube labored high quality with maximum decision being 1080p.

Battery Life

I ran the standard LAB501 battery life check (Searching only), as well as PCMark Work 2.0 battery life check with brightness set to 50%, and WiFi enabled.

CHUWI HiPad LTE Battery LifeClick on to Enlarge

Lab501 net searching exhibits the pill last much longer than my earlier fashions (Onda V18 Professional and Infocus CS1 A83), with period just like Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphone.

Chuwi HiPad LTE Battery Life ComparisonBattery life in minutes – Click on to Enlarge

Miscellaenous

GPS

Some low value tablet don’t come with GPS in any respect, but that’s not the case with HiPad LTE tablet since GPS worked properly for me within the check app, and I acquired a fix inside 5 seconds the primary time.

CHUWI HiPad LTE GPS

Bluetooth

No drawback with Bluetooth, as I might join my Bluetooth headset, and switch information to my Android telephone over a Bluetooth connection

Gaming

I’ve performed 4 video games each a bit extra demanding than the OK:

  • Candy Crush Saga – OK
  • Seashore Buggy Seashore – OK with maxed out “higher resolution” setting
  • Riptide GP2 – OK but might be slightly smoother when “higher resolution” settings are enabled.
  • CSR2 – Pretty low bitrate (15-20fps?) that makes the sport exhausting to play, or a minimum of non pleasant.

So you’ll be able to have some fun, but you’d want to pick the games to play.

Others

YAMTT app exhibits the touchscreen supports up to ten contact factors. I’ve included a demo at the end of the video evaluation for individuals wanting to take a look at the lag. Extra importantly the contact panel or/and controller seem to miss touches. So for example, once I sort on the software program keyboard, it won’t all the time input the important thing. It doesn’t happen on a regular basis, but once I typed the latin alphabet, it misses three key presses.  When I attempt to unlock the display with a sample it really works perhaps two out of 3 times that is if I exploit my proper hand (I’m right-handed), but when I exploit my left hand, I can’t get it at all. No such drawback with my telephone. It appears like you might want to use sufficient strain for the touchscreen to work.

The speakers in the pill just isn’t that loud and clear, so I’d advocate headphones or exterior Bluetooth / three.5mm jack speakers.

The included keyboard dock works nicely, but to be trustworthy I have not used it that much.

Video Review

Conclusion

CHUWI HiPad LTE is just not a nasty tablet with good efficiency and stability, but in addition some shortcomings with poor cameras, and potential issues with the touchscreen.

PROS

  • Good performance and stability with Android eight.Zero
  • Sharp and clear show
  • 4K and Full HD videos in Kodi works properly
  • Respectable WiFi 5 (802.11ac) efficiency
  • Help for microSD card (That’s a pro as a result of it’s an enormous drawback in my telephone that all the time runs out of area…)
  • LTE connectivity
  • GPS help
  • Non-compulsory magnetic keyboard dock
  • Respectable battery life

CONS

  • Both cameras are quite poor, and no flash
  • Potential problems with the touchscreen (misses)
  • Some games would profit from larger 3D graphics efficiency
  • Speakers of underwhelming high quality

I’d wish to thank Chuwi for sending HiPad LTE tablet for evaluate.  You should purchase the system on their Aliexpress store for $169.99, or $199.74 with the keyboard dock.