Browse 100 dollar tablet Chuwi Vi8 Plus
The hero of today’s review will be completely new, manufactured since mid-December, the Chuwi Vi8 Plus. It is representative of the latest wave of devices from China, which are characterized by the utilization of the processors Intel Atom X5. After reading reviews and the reviews I decided to order it. And overall, I’m not disappointed. Well, for starters – specifications:
- Operating system: Windows 10 Home;
- CPU: Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 (Intel X5-Z8300), Quad-core, the maximum frequency 1.84 GHz, 14 nm;
- GPU: Intel HD Graphic Gen8;
- Display: 8” IPS capacitive, 1280 x 800 resolution, aspect ratio 16:10;
- RAM: 2 GB DDR3L;
- ROM: 32 GB;
- Battery: 4000 mAh Li-Ion;
- Camera: front 2.0 MP, back 2.0 MP;
- Bluetooth: 4.0;
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n;
- Expansion slot: SD card (supports memory cards up to 64 GB);
- Connectors: Micro HDMI, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm headphone Jack;
- Gyroscope: Yes;
- OTG: Yes;
- GPS: No;
- 3G: No;
- Weight: 350g;
- Device size: 211.2 mm x 123.2 mm x 9.3 mm.
Equipment and appearance
Chuwi Vi8 Plus comes in an ordinary cardboard box with several inscriptions on the outside: manufacturer, model name, technical specications, and Chinese characters.
The delivery was very poor. In addition to the tablet, inside the box I found a cable with a USB Type-C standard battery charger with us plug and user manual. No EU plug adapter or OTG cable in a set, alas, it was not. Well at least not forget about the protective film, which, incidentally, was already pasted on the screen.
The rear part of the tablet is made of matte black plastic with a fine texture. The device looks cheap, but the build quality leaves a good impression – no squeaks and no rattles.
Above the display is a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, and under it there is a key touch Windows.
Naturally, about any glass or oleophobic coating ottalkivayusche here speech can not be – the screen is protected by plastic which does not resist the appearance of oily stains.
On the right side of the tablet of power buttons, volume buttons and microSD card slot. Along the hull side there is a metal frame, which is of purely decorative value.
Left no items, only metal tape.
At the top there is a headphone Jack, Micro HDMI and a modern interface USB Type-C. the Latter is used both for charging the tablet or to connect devices.
In the lower part of the body is nothing.
Overall, from the point of view of design Chuwi Vi8 Plus looks good. Of course, stylish it is not, but ugly too. It lies well in the hand, and its weight is ideal for a tablet of this size.
Display, sound, camera
Chuwi Vi8 Plus got an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. In terms of permission, I would like a little more, given that Full HD (and even above) is now the universal standard even for tablets with smaller screen sizes. However, the relatively low resolution kompensiruet the presence of IPS-matrix, which produces natural, vivid colors and good viewing angles. In addition, it provides a comfortable work with your tablet outdoors or in a brightly lit room.
Built-in stereo speaker, which is located in the back of the tablet is one of the weak links Chuwi Vi8 Plus. It sounds mediocre and not loud enough. Moreover, at the maximum volume level of audible distortion.
To say about cameras to me is nothing special. They are here more for the sake of. In other words, for show. The photo and video quality-level mobile phones produced in 2008. Front camera is not good even for Skype – the interviewer may not really know you.
Experience in the use of
Before we turn to the test results, let me briefly tell you how Chuwi Vi8 Plus works in terms of practical use.
After turning on the tablet meets us in the ordinary Windows 10 Home version 1511, licensed and activated. English is the default language of the interface, but you can switch to another language – any difficulties in this.
Unlike many other tablets from China, Chuwi Vi8 Plus comes without pre-installed useless software. On the desktop I found only two links that lead to some Chinese sites.
The bottleneck of this tablet was the built-in memory. It is equipped with eMMC storage of 32 GB, of which a substantial part is the operating system. Also there are two hidden partitions that take up 100 MB and 450 MB respectively. Thus, out of the box the user can use about 18 GB to store files and install applications. This is very small, but part of the problem is solved by installing a microSD card.
Special mention is given to the wireless module. Wi-Fi on this tablet supports only 2.5 GHz, which can be a significant disadvantage for people who have wireless access points operating in the 5 GHz band. Otherwise, complaints about the Wi-Fi module I have: the connection is fast and steady. Tablet even catches a neighbor’s network, which sees neither the iPad 2 nor any other computer devices in my apartment.
Chuwi Vi8 Plus can not be called tenacious, but the battery life is fully consistent with the promises of the manufacturer. In the mode of continuous HD video playback (with the Wi-Fi on and full brightness display) tablet, which, I remind you, has a battery of 4000 mAh, lasted a little more than 5 hours. In other scenarios, the use of charge quietly enough for 3-6 hours. On a full charge the battery takes 2 to 2.5 hours.
I was pleased with the work of Windows 10 on this device. The operating system interface works quickly and smoothly. No lags or delays even when viewing Full HD – whether from your tablet or online. All have universal apps and desktop programs work well. The lack of memory, I felt only in the browser, when the number of open tabs was nearing ten. With heavy use the tablet heats up near the camera.
Performance in the tests
Chuwi Vi8 Plus uses one of the new systems on a chip from Intel, which is based on a Quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8300 new generation (Cherry Trail) with a maximum clock frequency of 1.84 GHz and an integrated graphics core Intel HD Graphics.
We’re talking about a platform designed specifically for Windows tablets and hybrid devices of new generation, which promises great General performance and low power consumption.
Information from the program CPU-Z.
Speed characteristics of the built-in eMMC drive and other such drives is low class.
To measure the average loading time I used the program BootRacer. The result is 45 seconds.
In the synthetic PCMark test, was chosen the scenario Work that simulates the work with office documents, surfing the Internet and video conferencing. As you can see, the result Chuwi Vi8 Plus quite modest – 1468 points.
In Home mode, in which PCMark simulates a set of documents, Internet browsing, chat, Skype, and casual games, the result is below – 1134 ball.
In order to test gaming performance, I ran the most popular for this purpose, benchmark 3DMark. In tests, Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme tablet received a rating of 13 10 395 and 404, respectively.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on high settings with a 720p resolution, but without aliasing, the frame rate is 32 fps with periodic drawdown of up to 25 fps.
Price – this is a key plus Plus Chuwi Vi8, which is coupled with licensed operating system Windows 10, a good display and decent build quality makes it a very attractive purchase. The tablet works pretty well and can easily cope with many daily tasks. Last but not least the availability of modern interface USB Type-C and full Windows, which allows you to not only work with a touch-optimized apps, but with all the desktop software. The disadvantages include the small volume of the built-in disk, a weak speaker, heating near the camera, and the poor quality of the cameras themselves. Everyone decides for himself whether he needs such a tablet, but on a ratio the price/quality alternatives to him, not so much.
The tablet was bought on GearBest for $ 90.