Chuwi Hi9 Air Unboxing & Review – Helio X20 LTE EU Band Android 8 Tablet
So this is the latest model from Chuwi it’s called the Hi9 Air and it has a 10.1 inch screen that is 2560 by 1600 in resolution, it’s an IPS panel, and it is fully laminated. So it should look. Quite good, the most interesting thing for me with this tablet is, as it has dual SIM support 4G, but it also supports LTE bands that are very common here in Europe, so we’ll have band 20 and a lot of more popular. You could say: bands around the rest of the world, because the problem was a lot of these tablets, like the audio cube x1, that I checked out. It’S got 4G support, but very limited band support because it’s, mostly just the Chinese ones and not the case with this one here. So it has a tin core processor, which is the mediatek helio X20, with Mali T 880 GPU on there 4 gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabytes of storage, 8000 million hour battery, and it also has wireless AC gps, FM radio. And, of course, you can make voice calls with this, so let’s have a look and see what you get in the box, so it comes in the typical chewy packaging, just a plain brown box, and it should have this wrap around it. That means that no one has opened it up, of course, so we have the tablet. We’Ve got press and lift out. It says on this. Ok, this comes up here so here we have our cable, and this is a micro, USB, cable.
So no type C on this, unfortunately, and a European charger. This one here is rated to 5 volts 2 amps, so we’re not going to have media ticks pump Express so the tablet – and we do have a leaflet in here. This will just be the warranty card and information right here from chewie, so yeah there we go warranty card product, inspection report and something else here that is in Chinese and also should be in English, which it is so checking the weight of it. 561 grams that’s. Not too bad for a 10.1 inch tablet, so the thickness comes in. To be eight point, four millimeters: do you not know where we got the seven point eight millimeter figure from they must have been measuring it right on the edges or something so taking a look at the back here. This is all an alloy. They have used it’s a matte paint job that it has so it does attract finger prints and it feels a little bit light here, a little bit hollow under this, but it’s not too bad. The quality it’s definitely like super high quality premium quality, no it’s it’s not and right here we’ve got a 13 megapixel camera with an LED flash. Now this is a Samsung sensor with autofocus. So, along the top here, we’ve got the speaker, grilles there’s one here and one here, they’re very small. So I don’t imagine they’re gon na be great sounding speakers, but I will test them here in this video 3.
5 millimeter headphone jack there with microphone support micro, USB 2 in there for data and charging. So, in order to add your SIM cards, all you need to do is just clip. This up comes off quite easily that plastic it’s a little bit thin and flimsy feeling, and then you just slot in your SIM cards right there and a micro SD card will go there too. But what ports missing on this and a lot of manufacturers are doing this lately, they’re, not putting HDMI out on these anymore on the upper right hand, side here, you’ll find some plastic volume up and down and power buttons. They feel okay, but because they’re plastic they’d only have a super quality feel to them just below them. You can see a tiny little hole there that’s for the microphone so up the top of five megapixel front facing camera. I don’t know whether this one’s a samsung. I think it could actually be Omni vision or something similar and they’ve got this transit screen protector on here. Well, the first layer of that the unit of course pull that off. So overall the build quality in hand. It feels okay, the weights, not bad there’s, no flicks or creaking within the case, which was happening on the Chui hi9 that one had an old plastic case on the rear. It tend to add a bit of movement on it. It feels good it’s, just not super high quality, and what disappoints me is that there’s, no micro HDMI out on this, they should have included that and the port location here well that isn’t really the best at the top and because we have the 2.
5 D glass. While the curved edges on here, this is going to happen with the screen protector, so it won’t to go right down and connect with the display there. So you’re gon na get that ugly little gap around the outside of it, which is going to collect us. So just going through first boot – and you can see the boot animation – that they’re using here is a stock android logo here so that’s a good sign. So hopefully this is going to be a completely stock, android oreo wrong. So first boot did take a long time. It took about two minutes and had me worried it was boot looping. You can see already that I’ve got 4G signal, but not a lot and the screen so far does look really good. So this is great. We do have stock Android on here and it’s. Android 8.0, so it’s not 8.1. I thought it might have been that I think some advertising material did show that and here all the applications we have, so it doesn’t really have any real bloatware in here. Unless you consider, for example, maybe photos playing movies and TV and play music to be bloat, so we have fifty six point: six gigabytes free on first boot, so out of the box go into the wireless update, because there is a bug fix right here you can To see that it’s minor bug fixes – and I noticed that the cameras not launching when I got to launch it – it just crashes, so it should fix that now.
So, yes, the update did fix the camera, it will now launch and it runs. You can take photos of average quality and videos of average quality as well there. Now you notice how mass of the camera UI is. This is a game because of their dpi. That chewie have said. So I think I want to route this actually and just lower that dpi. These are the typical settings you’re going to get with the camera, the the ones you get with mediatek phones. So, to show you that when I go back home here and then just bring up actually recent apps that it’s not super smooth, it is a little bit choppy at times there’s. Some updates going on and you’ll see here. Look how large that on screen keyboard is now there is haptic feedback, so when you type there you’ll feel quite a nice vibration, which is a good touch, it’s good to have this on a budget tablet, taking a closer look now at the display. So I measure the brightness and it comes out at just over 200 Lux it’s about 203, and this is a lot less than Chuy’s claimed, I think, it’s on their website. It said about 400 likes, so that’s, probably what this display is capable of, but they have toned it down a little bit. But overall I mean it is a sharp display, it’s, not a bad panel at all, very nice, the fact that it’s fully laminated now the screen protector having that on there that degrades the quality of the screen a little bit and the problem is that it’s got A little bit of resistance to that screen protector and, as you can see here, the reflection of my camera, but you can see it’s picking up fingerprints as well so I’m, probably actually going to end up.
Removing that screen protector and the screen does. Support 10 touch points, so multi touch up to 10, so that’s great, so the camera app is working but I’m. Seeing a lot of you find a lag, a lot of just when you take a photo at lags a lot when you try and record video. This is what happened it crashes on me. So at this point of time at least the time of this video, the OS isn’t quite 100, stable that the camera application at least is crashing. Since Android 7 we’ve had split screen, so you can have an app be decide if the app supported that as now the performance of this, it tends to degrade when you’re running two apps side by side a little bit, and you notice that things aren’t quite as Smooth, I mean Chrome there. The scrolling is okay, it’s, not bad it’s, quite an image heavy website, my one so there’s a little bit of slow down there with things loading in but overall it’s good. I also to mention that the touch response and accuracy that’s perfectly fine – I don’t have any issues with that, so it does have hardware FM radio and yes, it is working and it’s one of few tablets that you will find with FM radio on it. So for playbooks, which is what I’m, using here at the moment for graphic novel PDF files and things like that, the screen is good because it’s, nice and sharp and it’s just going to be sharp, of course, than say a 1080p display.
So it does look good. So online streaming apps like Amazon Prime video here, for example, that is working perfectly fine. The wireless range is good and it keeps up all over that fine, no issues, but I noticed that when I switch over to 4G, I run into a few problems, because the 4G signal just isn’t great YouTube videos up to 1440p. They play perfectly fine, no issues with that, so we have jewel world speakers. As I pointed out the start of the video, so one here, one on the other side, they don’t actually sound too bad. Perhaps this lack a little bit of volume, but they are better than and certainly not the best I’ve heard I’ll give you a sample of them now so just running through some info here. This is DRM info, so pause this. If you need to read all this information here, we have Tribble so using the application called Tribble check, it’s, not supporting the seamless system updates because it doesn’t have access to both sets of the partitions, only partition a here so GPS. It works well, not as good as a mobile phone. Of course it has a hardware compass. This tablet does not have hardware compass in it, it’s just the GPS. Module it’s got so looking now at the wireless speeds, they’re decent for this type of chipset and the wireless AC. It has no complaints here. Wireless range is also decent, it’s good, but what I don’t like is the 4G range, so I found that the signal strength is a good two or three bars less than my mobile phones in the exact same position, using the exact same SIM card now, I’m.
Using orange here in Spain at the moment and their speeds have not been wonderful from my previous sim card, so you can expect this kind of speeds around seven upload and download is all I’m able to get here, but bear in mind that I don’t have full Signal strength: you can see there that it’s really at the bare minimum internal storage speed, so not very fast it’s, only a MMC four point, five point: one spec and finally here’s the antutu score. So almost 90000 that’s not bad for a Hallyu ex 20, but notice. The memory speed there there’s a bit of a weakness, not a very good score right here for memory. So now I’ll check out pump genie I’m gon na go with the settings that they recommend so it’s, just gon na be on the smooth option for the graphics details and then medium framerate, so so far, so good that framerate is keeping up and nowhere near as Choppy as the audit cube x1, but I’ll find out after 10 minutes of gaming when that one started to throttle so it’s, like with the scope it’s starting to get a little bit choppy and laggy oh I’m, out of ammo bad bad, bad. Okay, I got lucky there with a headshot. So after 20 minutes now, I managed to get 9 Bott kills at this level, I’m pretty sure their BOTS aren’t they they. They seem quite easy to kill well and now someone’s trying to kill me.
Okay, it is a little choppy, as you can see so it’s, not the smoothest experience. Definitely here with pub G, I mean this is a demanding game but it’s nowhere near as smooth as the Snapdragon 805. Of course, that’s a premium high, end chipset, but playable definitely playable and, yes, you will be able to kill people. Other titles like critical ops. You can see here is running approximately around 30 to 40 frames per second with Peaks up to about 50 60. This title here on the medium preset, which is World of Tanks, is getting a decent frame rate it’s close to what I think about 60 frames per second see if i zoom around here, that that is quite smooth, there’s, a few little stutters there and yes, I’m Dead quickly checking the temps now so after 30 minutes of gaming it’s only getting up to about 30 degrees to the touch. The same goes for the front of the screen is to slightly warm so battery life on mostly wireless AC you’re. Looking around about seven hours with light use, if you’re going to be gaming, a lot then that’s going to drop down to about 4 to 5 hours of gaming. So this right now is a sample from the front facing five megapixel webcam. I managed to record video on this one here you can see the quality is, I feel, acceptable. It’S gon na be fine for applications like Skype, voice chat, things like that, and the audio you get as well from the inbuilt microphone is acceptable.
So, to recap: here: overall, we have I’ll start with the positives. We’Ve got a nice screen. The build quality is decent we’ve got metal around the back, so it’s, not all plastic, like some of the other tablets that were selling from chewy with a similar price range. Here you’ve got ok camera performance, but we’ve got a bug with the camera that it will crash. I noticed we’re recording, at least with the rear camera front facing camera quality seems decent enough for Skype, and things like that same goes for the microphone there. So the performance of the tablet is decent, it’s good. So if you’re gon na be gaming on it expect to have playable framerates at least but it’s not going to be the fastest experience out there. Definitely not. It can run a demanding game like pub G, and it didn’t run into the throttling that I experienced on the audio cube x1. This one became very laggy and choppy playing that game about 5 10 minutes into the game. It would start to happen, and I played for half an hour and it’s perfectly fine. It doesn’t get any warmer, so the thermals on this tablet, at least chewy – have got that right that it just gets warm and it’s gon na be fine. Better life seems to be okay, so, depending on what you’re doing so light use about seven, maybe even eight hours, gaming, four to five, so it’s, not amazing there, but it’s typical, better life charge times, are very slow because there’s only five volts, two amps.
So the biggest problem for me with the tablet: okay, the screen brightness – it could definitely be brighter it’s only around about 205 Lux and they advertised at having about 400. So I think with the last update, or maybe the firmware that it’s got currently on it. They’Ve toned down the brightness, maybe for improve battery life on here, but the problem that I have with this tablet at the moment is it’s really good. That it’s got all those 4G bands on there, but the signal strength is quite poor. I think it’s just the antenna setup on this or perhaps it’s my unit but I’m noticing that I’m only really getting while I’m getting actually about two or three bars less than my mobile phones, which I have sitting in the studio in here with me, and so It should be a lot better there. The speaker’s should be louder as well now that’s a complaint letter I have on all of the Chinese tablets. They never really put good or decent or powerful loudspeakers in there a 3.5 millimeter audio quality. That is better. Of course, you get a lot more loudness out of that there’s, no hiss or annoying static, so that’s another positive there. So, overall for the 200 us 220 that it’s been selling for, I feel it’s a decent tablet. It’S going to give you good gaming performance, it has a nice screen and overall, the build is acceptable. It’S fine for the price, I feel it’s, not amazing, it’s, not a premium tablet at all.
No, but my favorite still will have, to probably be tick lasts. Master t10 it’s got a better build quality and the screens a lot brighter than this one right here. So please do check, got my review of that one if you’re interested in a similar tablet, and thank you so much for watching this review hope to catch you back in the channel and if you’re new, please subscribe to the channel for more upcoming reviews. Bye.