Chuwi already hinted at working ona new flagship tablet model equipped with Intel Apollo Lake processor at the start of November on their Twitter and seems like the plans are finally coming to fruition soon. The new flagship Chuwi Hi13 is going to be revealed during the CES 2017 happening in Las Vegas right now. And we know all the important specs.
The most important change compared to majority of chinese production in 2016 comes with the Intel’s decision to scrap the whole Atom line of processors so the new Chuwi Hi13 will come with Intel Celeron N3450 based on the Apollo Lake Platform. This 14nm processor with Goldmont architecture and max burst frequency of 2.2 GHz is about 50 % powerful than the Cherry Trails of the past and should be roughly on par with the Core M processors. Also the Intel HD Graphics 500 Gen. 9 chip has way more juice and also packs hardware decoding for H.265 and VP9 codecs. Still pretty power effiecent with 6 W TDP and ability to operate fanless.
Another fair highlight comes with the 13,5-inch display, which is more or less identical as the one used in Microsoft Surface Book and has pretty smooth 3000 x 2000 pixel resolution, 3:2 aspect ratio, 1700:1 contrast and 400 nits of brightness. It means the tablet won’t be a small delicate flower, but more like full sized small convertible or a laptop.
Full laptop utility will come with the optional detachable keyboard, which will be once again probably mandatory, because the tablet still doesn’t seem to have full-sized USB ports on the body, that’s left for the keyboard dock. The metal body itself looks very much similar to the previous generation of Chuwi tablets so no surprise there at all.
Rest of the hardware include 4 GB DDR3L RAM (where i think 8 GB could be already a better option) and 64 GB of sadly still eMMC storage. SSD disk would boost the power performance and usability to another level, maybe next time. Tablet should have stylus support and all the usual stuff like dualband Wi-Fi or USB Type-C port. Windows 10 Home as the used OS also feels more or less natural.
We have to wait for the actual pricing to fully evaluate the potention of Chuwi Hi13 to succeed in the market, but personally i welcome the new Apollo Lake platform with open arms, it’s really time to put the whole Atom X5-Z83xx generation into the early grave.