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

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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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posted on 27 Jan 2016, 20:23 2

1. remyrz (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

Nice, welcome!

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 21:28

4. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

Its chewbacca sans the fur. Ha ha

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 21:16

2. TheAmazingBoj (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)

not bad

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 21:21

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 22:11

6. sgodsell (Posts: 4762; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 22:34 2

8. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 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

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:23

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Avoid Intel Atom if possible.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 21:39 1

5. JocularJ (Posts: 158; Member since: 27 Apr 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

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 22:13

7. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 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...

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 23:03

9. Tziggy14 (Posts: 526; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)

Lawsuits coming aboard.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 00:00

10. ibend (Posts: 6633; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

no worries, they wont come to US

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 00:59

11. BradyCrack (Posts: 827; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)

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

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 02:39

12. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Sounds nice, I am interested.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 05:00

13. duartix (Posts: 311; Member since: 01 Apr 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 02:42

19. razmahtaz001 (Posts: 347; Member since: 11 May 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 05:50

14. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 06:13

15. 497362 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Aug 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 08:20

17. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 10:56

20. jonehe (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Jan 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 ..

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:33

18. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)

Nice. I want that

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