Sub-$300 12-inch Windows tablet coming and will eventually dual-boot Android

Sub-$300 12-inch Windows tablet coming and will eventually dual-boot Android
Normally, we don't deal too much with devices that don't have a solid brand name behind it because there is a wide range of not-so-great devices out there that you all don't really need to know about. That said, we're learning about a tablet from a company that you might not know, but the specs, price, and features are a bit too good to let this news pass by.

It's the Chuwi Hi12 tablet. Chuwi isn't a well-known Chinese company, but it is planning to bring a 12-inch Windows tablet to U.S. shores for just $299 (one site has preorders up right now for $249). For that price, you would probably expect to be getting a device that can't be used for much, but Chuwi is trying to show that it's not just phones that can be good at lower prices. The Hi12 tablet will be packing a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 resolution display, a 1.44GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z8300 CPU with Intel's Gen8 iGPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, HDMI out, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and an 11000mAh battery.

That's a good amount of power for the price. Add in that it will run Windows 10 and have an optional magnetic keyboard dock, and you could have a pretty interesting portable option. And, Chuwi has even said that it plans to add dual-booting to Android later on. A sub-$300 tablet that dual-boots Windows 10 and Android? Not a bad option at all, regardless of the brand name. 


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20 Comments

1. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

Nice, welcome!

4. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Its chewbacca sans the fur. Ha ha

2. TheAmazingBoj

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

not bad

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just order a Dell 7140 from eBay. Intel Core M for the same price.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Core M is older than the Z8300. Plus the Core M is only a dual core And clocked lower than the Quad core Z8300. It would be nice if you can replace Windows 10 with Linux.

8. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Uh core M > Cherrytrail Z8300 you are talking Core vs Atom quite a huge difference. I have the Cube i7 stylus with core m and it's a pretty decent machine

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

5. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Looks like a SD slot next to the USB 3.0 port so there may be hope for expandable memory. Other than that, I'll be getting one or 2

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The #1 image in the gallery looked like a toyPad running Windows, but then the tons of ports in the other images showed how significantly more useful and future-proof it can be than the toyPad XL and even Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro S with it's pointless limitation to 1 port like overpriced 2015 MacBook. Well done CHUWI, yet another perfect proof that bastardized ARM tablets are overpriced jokes...

9. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Lawsuits coming aboard.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no worries, they wont come to US

11. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

What? I'd rather this than bad quality over priced android tablets.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Sounds nice, I am interested.

13. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Teclast models are better built and better specced. For this price you will typically get either Core M or Z8500/8700 with 8GB of RAM. Granted they will have FHD resolution panels and slightly lower capacity batteries, but that's one compromise I understand to be positive.

19. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

i have a teclast x98 air 3G that dual booted windows 8 and android...when booted into android, tablet will always give me messege about brightness being throttled due to thermel event, which dimmed my screen so much that it wasnt worth staying on android anymore...i like using android on a tablet but have since only booted into windows 8 on my teclast. no brighness throttling in windows. anyway, ive also read online that other chinese tablets have the same brightness throttling issue...and i will avoid these chinese tablets from now on.

14. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

You can also get the 7.9" version for around $110

15. 497362

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

I had a chuwi device. Poor buikd quality, and an inferior processor than stated in the "about" info! Yes, they lied about the processor in the device! Device worked ok but only lastwd a year. I wont be buying another chuwi unless they prove they have upped their game.

17. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Chuwi is not well known yet, but never underestimate a Chinese company. Let's look at Xiaomi. Nobody knew the company before 2014. Now they jump to the top 5 of world most popular smartphone brands.

20. jonehe

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 26, 2016

but chuwi is ... you know their quality. there is no one like them in china... such low price can only come with horrible quality ..

18. SkyfallWalker

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

Nice. I want that

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