Popular Chinese tablet maker, Chuwi is expected to released its next high-end tablet, the Chuwi Hi13 sometime next week (February 20) and pre-orders open the same day. The 2-in-1 device is the follow-up to last year’s Chuwi Hi12 and will sell for a price starting at US$ 369. The stylus pen is sold separately.
Sporting a 13.5-inch display in a full metal unibody casing, the Chuwi Hi13 has a screen resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels and 3:2 display aspect ratio (similar to Microsoft’s Surface Book). It also has a detachable keyboard with two full size USB-A ports and pen input support (it uses the HiPen H3 stylus and is also compatible with the older HiPen Hi1).
Under the hood, it boots Windows 10 Home OS with support for Ubuntu and powered by Intel’s Celeron N3450 (Apollo Lake) processor paired with Gen9 Graphics 500 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. For additional space, there is a microSD card slot for storage expansion up to 128GB.
In the camera segment, there is a rear facing 5MP camera and a front facing 2MP camera. The Chuwi Hi13 also has a micro HDMI port, USB Type-C port, Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz & 5GHz) and 4 x AAC four speakers. It is backed by a 10,000mAh battery with support for 24W fast charging.
Compared to the Surface Book (from $1299) and Surface Pro 4 (from $799), the Chuwi Hi13 is far more affordable, however, it cannot stand the aforementioned hybrid devices in terms of specifications and functionality.