Chuwi Hi8 Pro introduced with USB Type C, Cherry Trail and Dual Boot


Chuwi Hi8 pro

Chuwi have introduced the new Chuwi Hi8 Pro tablet which takes the impressive Cherry Trail CPU of the Hi12 and fits it inside a smaller 8 inch footprint.

Chuwi have introduced 2 tablets for 2016 so far. Their flagship is the Hi12 with large 12 inch display and optional stylus support and their newest is the smaller Chuwi Hi8 Pro.

The Hi8 Pro is an 8-inch tablet vs the 12 inch display of the Hi12, and features some more cost effective parameters to keep the price low. What it does retain from its big brother though is an Intel Cherry Trail 64bit chipset clocked at 1.44Ghz.

Chuwi Hi8 pro

Windows 10 comes on the tablet running on 2GB RAM with 32GB internal flash memory and room for a SD card. Like the Chuwi Hi12, the Hi8 Pro will be given a dual boot update in the future meaning you can run either Windows or Android at any given time.

Chuwi Hi8 pro

The Hi8 Pro also boasts USB Type C, a 4000mAh battery, dual 2 mega-pixel OV cameras and 1920 x 1200 resolution display. These images also show an optional case with built in physical keyboard.

It looks like 2016 is the year of the Chinese tablet, and we will see more dual boot Windows/Android devices on the market than ever before. The Hi8 Pro isn’t the first tablet of its type, Xiaomi introduced the Mi Pad 2 last year in a similar size.

Chuwi have only just listed the Hi8 Pro on their website, and while there is full specifications listing there isn’t a launch date or price announced yet. Is an 8-inch dual boot, Intel tablet likely to make an entry in to your digital life in 2016?

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16 Comments

  1. Hans
    January 8, 2016

    8″ with 4000mah battery, running time 2 hours ???, 5″ phones have bigger batteries this days

  2. Tony Hounsome
    January 8, 2016

    Just took delivery. Only windows…No android.

  3. Tony Hounsome
    January 8, 2016

    How strange. No charger either.

  4. Tony Hounsome
    January 8, 2016

    My mistake…Just found the charger.

  5. Tony Hounsome
    January 8, 2016

    Will there be Android update in future, Robin ?

  6. Adam Irvine
    January 8, 2016

    The problem is (and I know all about this problem owning a Teclast x80h) is that 32gb split between 2 operating systems is pretty useless… Sure, people will say that it’s fine because it has a memory card slot but what they probably don’t realise is that the memory card slot is on the usb bus and therefore has terrible transfer speeds in comparison to emmc memory…

    It really winds me up as I love the 8″ form factor of a tablet, I find them very portable and nice in the hand, but they always seem to chuck ONLY 2GB RAM and 32GB ROM at them, WHY!?

    • MinusPlusDivide
      January 8, 2016

      I think it would be better to get the bigger one that offer more like 64GB.

      The other way around is Mi Pad 2 windows version but it does not have SD slot.

      • highwind
        January 9, 2016

        Real problem of MiPad 2 is not offering 4GB RAM… they got that lovely Z8500 in there and also opted for an Aluminium casing – going with 2GB is such a waste, especially when the tablet already costs more than 200USD

        • Karly Johnston
          January 9, 2016

          If it isn’t running Windows it can get by with two.

        • balcobomber25
          January 10, 2016

          It all depends on what the end user does on Android. I have 1GB on my Nexus 7 tablet and it’s never and issue. But I only use my tablet for movies and music.

          • highwind
            January 10, 2016

            cannot disagree on that – but I guess one wouldnt buy a >200USD with X5 Z8500 for “only” movies and music in first place 😉

            • balcobomber25
              January 10, 2016

              I would because i don’t need more than 2GB, but I do need a powerful CPU for video editing.

    • highwind
      January 9, 2016

      Probably because Z8300 is officially limited to 2GB RAM
      ark.intel.com/products/87383/Intel-Atom-x5-Z8300-Processor-2M-Cache-up-to-1_84-GHz
      (although some companies somehow got around that and offer 4GB)
      Z8500 quite more expensive and much harder to cool (probably impossible in a plastic casing) so it is not an option for <100USD 8" tablets

  7. Angel Rivera
    January 9, 2016

    If the Hi8 Pro has Usb type C…. i can wait for the Hi12 Pro to get Usb type C and maybe better battery 😀

  8. Rizera
    January 9, 2016

    I really can’t understand why they never release a 64gb version of these 8″ tablets.

  9. kotsios555
    January 10, 2016

    The problem is that the damn cherry trail proseccor is not good enough. The z3736f of the hi8 performs better