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Review Chuwi Hi9 budget tablet for games

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The Chuwi Hi9 tablet is at the top of the list.budget range of the company. Hi9 released as a gaming tablet, it can easily handle most of the tasks. Unfortunately, this does not apply to all games, as Chuwi gadgets have relatively low specifications compared to flagship or even average smartphones.

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  • Features Chuwi Hi9
  • What is in the box?
  • Equipment and design
  • Tablet screen
  • Hi9 performance
  • Battery autonomy
  • Connection and audio
  • Software
  • Chuwi Hi9 cameras
  • Should I buy?
  • Features Chuwi Hi9

    Price Chuwi Hi9 starts at $ 189 (11,500 p.) and comes to $ 224 ($ 14,000), depending on where it was purchased. The tablet is equipped with an 8.4-inch display with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 and a ratio of 16: 9, which is built into the plastic case of 216.5 × 129.5 × 7.9 mm and weighing 350 g.

    On the rear panel is a 5-megapixel camera and speaker, and in front is a 2-megapixel front camera and a standard set of sensors.

    In the upper part of Hi9 we will find a 3.5 mm headphone jack, an SD card slot and a standard Micro USB port through which a 5,000 mAh battery is charged using a 5 V / 3 A adapter.

    Out of the box, the tablet works on Android 7.0 Nougat and is equipped with a 64-bit MediaTek MT8173 processor (4 ARM A72 cores with a frequency of 2 GHz), a PowerVR GX6250 video chip, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with microSD to 128 GB. There is support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac with a frequency of 2.4-5 GHz and Bluetooth 4.0.

    What is in the box?

    • Chuwi Hi9.
    • OTG cable.
    • Micro USB cable (80 cm).
    • Charging adapter
    • User's manual.
    • Warranty card.

    Equipment and design

    In terms of design, Chuwi Hi9, is made withconsidering minimalism. The presence of wide frames around the display has its own logic, as it prevents accidental pressing and allows in many cases to work with one hand. The weight of the device also helps with this. Moreover, the entire assembly looks solid and well thought out. The buttons are pressed as expected, and each port is conveniently located.

    The back panel here does not collect fingerprints,however, it is easily scratched. Hi9 tested by me came with a few minor defects that could not be polished. This does not affect the use, but spoils the aesthetic look. Lack of strength is another build issue. This Chuwi tablet is not the highest-end device.

    During my testing, the gadget accidentally fellfrom the coffee table to the thick carpet, which led to a minor crack at the bottom of the display. At best, the build quality is average and involves the purchase of protective glass and cover.

    Tablet screen

    Thanks to the laminated layer thatprovides a reduction in glare, the contents of the display Chuwi Hi9 read without any problems, even in bright light. However, during initial setup, the screen stopped responding and a reboot was required. In the second setting, there were similar problems that disappeared after the home screen fully loaded.

    It was not entirely clear, this is a problem with the display or software. In any case, after two reboots everything worked fine.

    Hi9 display has the best resolution in thisthose who are used to standard HD displays will immediately notice the price range, and the 16: 9 screen ratio will make it possible to use most Android applications on the whole screen, without stretch marks or distortion.

    Hi9 performance

    Since this is a budget tablet, there are several obvious flaws in performance. When playing more intense games, some lag is noticeable.

    Tests show that Chuwi performanceHi9 is somewhat better, but worse than the Samsung Galaxy S6, depending on which aspect of SoC or GPU is measured. However, the test results almost never match the results in real use.

    Chuwi's Hi9 is a much more capable gadget than its specs show and is quite consistent with the title of “gaming tablet.”

    Battery autonomy

    The battery life of the Chuwi Hi9 is not bad. With a 90% processor load and the screen on, the device worked for about 4.5 hours. This is an average figure, as the battery size of 5000 mAh, at least should last a whole day.

    The display brightness is not high enough toSignificantly affect battery life. The problem is most likely related to optimization. But, if Hi9 is not used for games or other heavy processes, he can easily work all day.

    Charging the battery from 0% to 100% takes about 2 hours.

    Connection and audio

    Chuwi Hi9 supports Bluetooth connectivity andWi-Fi. Bluetooth 4.0 technology allows you to use a large range of headphones and wireless headsets, almost without loss of quality. Bluetooth 4.0 also easily recognizes input signals from HID devices, like a gamepad or Bluetooth keyboard. The Wi-Fi connection here is confident and stable.

    The sound quality here is equally good as in3.5mm jack and through speaker. The Hi9 speaker is quite loud, although it partially blurs the bass, since mobile and tablet hardware does not allow it to provide high quality sound.

    The problem is solved with the help of headphones, and Chuwi drivers provide clear and rich sound.


    Chuwi Hi9 Tablet runs on pure Android OS 7.0 Nougat, with several pre-installed Google applications and a security patch dated January 5, 2018. It is not known whether the previously mentioned problems with delay during initial login will be corrected with future updates, since most Android tablets are notorious for not receiving updates.

    Chuwi Hi9 cameras

    Cameras, like the software on the Chuwi Hi9, have nothing unusual. Sensors are compatible with HDR, but there are no filters and modes for recording.

    Image quality not impressive duelow pixel level. There are no flash memory or special functions, so image processing is of poor quality and noticeably worse than on the average Android phone. Pictures with brighter backlighting are blurry.

    At best, Hi9 cameras can work normally only with the right lighting, but given that this is a tablet, you can close your eyes to these shortcomings.


    Given its low cost, it’s hard not to recommend the latest Chuwi efforts with the Hi9 gaming tablet. There are some compromises, but they always have a place on tablets with Android OS.

    Clean software and completethe absence of viruses out of the box means that Chuwi Hi9 offers smooth and safe use. On the other hand, the lack of durability of the case and the mediocre chambers show that this device will not be a choice for everyone.

    It will not be the perfect solution for thoseplans to use it as a camera. However, for those who purchase a protective case and install a protective glass, Hi9 must be on the list for review.

    Benefits of Chuwi Hi9

    • Excellent value for money and quality.
    • Most applications work without delay.
    • A lot of internal memory.
    • Pure Android.

    Hi9 Disadvantages

    • Average build quality.
    • Short battery life.
    • Bad camera software.
    • Responsiveness problems on initial startup.

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