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Chuwi Hi8 SE Review: Affordable & Powerful Tablet

The Chuwi is one of the biggest Chinese tech manufacturer bringing great but affordable tech for all over the world. After the massive success of Hi8 Pro and Hi8, the company has recently unveil the latest tablet the Chuwi Hi8 SE. The tablet comes pack with all the latest features you can expect from a great tablet and even more in an affordable price segment of under $100. The tablet has already gain a lot of attention among tech enthusiasts, and this makes us bring a review of the product. Recently we got our hands on the latest tablet and now its time to look if its really worth it.

Chuwi Hi8 SE

A quad-core processor MT8735VT Cortex-A53 powers the heart of Chuwi Hi8 SE. You will also get a big  8-inch FullHD display with latest Android 8.1 Oreo. The tablet features 2 GB of RAM with 32 GB of internal storage. Being an entry-level tablet, the camera you will get with the device is 5.0 MP rear camera and the 2.0 MP front camera.

Chuwi Hi8 SE Specifications

Chuwi Hi8 SE Specifications
Basic Specification
Brand Chuwi
Type Tablet PC
OS Android 8.0
CPU Brand MTK
CPU MT8735VT Cortex-A53 Quad Core 1.1GHz
GPU
Storage
RAM 2 GB
ROM 32 GB
External Memory Expandable upto 128 GB
Display
Screen Type IPS Capacitive Screen
Screen Size 8 inch
Screen Resolution 1200 * 1920
Camera
Back Camera 5.0 MP
Front Camera 2.0 MP
Battery 4000 mAh
Dimensions
Product size
Product Weight 0.34 kg
Additional Features Bluetooth, Calendar, Wi-Fi, Calculator, E-book, Gravity Sensing System, MP3, Light Sensing System, MP4, Alarm

Packaging:

The package arrives with complete safety. Inside its wrapped in plastic cover with air pockets to keep it safe in transit. The Chuwi Hi8 SE comes inside a simple box made of cardboard. On the top, you can see the manufacturer branding, and on the sides, there are stickers available with main characteristics of the device. The package contains a charger, a micro USB cable,  an instruction manual, and a warranty card

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Design:

Chuwi Hi8 SE

The one thing that catches our attention and is the highlight of Chuwi Hi8 SE is the design part. Even though the tablet comes in an unbeatable budget, Chuwi has not used anything that is cheap. The whole body of the tablet is made of premium quality metal, and even with the hold of the device, you can feel the quality. Generally, metal unibody is a premium feature and is only available with expensive tablets. Only at the front top and bottom, you can find two plastic cover, which is the norm for all the devices. The device comes in matte black color and looks great.

Chuwi Hi8 SE

The left side of the device is left blank.

Chuwi Hi8 SE

On the bottom, you will get two speakers. They are great for regular videos and videos watching.
Chuwi Hi8 SE

On the right side, you will get a volume rocker and power button.
Chuwi Hi8 SE

On the upper part, there is USB port for charging, micro SD card slot and a standard 3.5 mm headphones jack.

Chuwi Hi8 SE

The back side also holds the rear back camera.
Chuwi Hi8 SE

The Metal uni-body with 7.8 mm thickness and 340 g weight makes the device lighter, sleeker and more comfortable to hold. The smaller body provides more convenient one-handed operation.

Display:

Chuwi Hi8 SE

The display of the Chuwi Hi8 SE stands 8 inches tall, with Full HD resolution. The tablet features an aspect ratio of 16:10 with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution. All the text, images and icons come out to be really sharp, color reproduction is great, and you can easily distinguish between all colors. Considering the price range its available, the display is really mesmerizing. Mostly all the tablet available in the same price bracket only provides an HD resolution.

The display is of IPS panel and provides solid angles. Display of Chuwi Hi8 Se comes out to be bright enough to be seen in direct sunlight and indoor its look even more fabulous.

Performance:

For high performance, CHUWI Hi8 SE comes with MediaTek MT8735 a Quad Core processor which can clock at a maximum of 1Ghz. For graphics  ARM Mali-T720mp2 GPU is provided with the tablet. The tablet features 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, which can be further expanded upto 128 GB  thanks to the included micro SD port.

AnTuTu Benchmark Score:

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Geekbench Score:

Chuwi Hi8 SE

We have used the device for quite some time, and the results were great. For regular day to day activity, the CHUWI Hi8 SE  performs pretty well. We never faced any lag or glitch. We have mostly used a tablet for browsing and entertainment purpose, and both turned out to be pretty well. The tablet is reliable and will always have your back. One point to keep in the notice is that for some user the animation can feel slow, but you can increase it from the settings, and everything will be fine. A sufficient configuration for a basic tablet but limps at the GPU level if we want to use heavy games.

CHUWI Hi8 SE Camera:

Cameras is the department where most of the tablet lack in performance. However, it turned out extremely exceptional for the Chuwi Hi8 SE. On the front, the tablet comes with a 5.0 MP camera and in the front its equip with 2.0 MP. The shots taken by the camera were beautiful, and you can see the samples by yourself. All the pictures are taken in bright sunlight, and color reproduction is quite similar to the actual condition. Overall the camera can be used more than just for taking snaps here and there.

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Battery:

The Chuwi Hi8 SE comes with an inbuilt battery of 4000 mAh. The tablet takes around 3 hours to get completely charge from 0% to 100%. After a full charge the battery provides enough juice to run for a day with moderate use. With extensive use the battery will stay with you for more than 10 hours, which is pretty well.

Pros :

  • Full HD display with 1200 * 1920 resolution.
  • Uni body Metal design.
  • Camera
  • Great performance

Cons:

  • Absence of calling feature

Verdict:

The Chuwi Hi8 SE delivers a lot more from the price range it’s available. The camera is pretty well, with Android 8.1 Oreo performance is smooth and watching the 8-inch big screen in Full HD mode is mesmerizing. If you are looking for a budget tablet, then you can end your search here. The only place where tab lack behind is gaming, as high-end games can’t perform well but looking at its price it’s quite understandable. The  Chuwi Hi8 SE is available on Gearbest at a price bracket of below $100.

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Piyush Sharma

Howdy, I'm Piyush Sharma, Engineer, Pro Blogger and web+tech addicted. I write for xiaomitoday at day and love reading at night. The complicated thing makes me nervous so my motto is: If you can't explain something simply, you don't understand it well enough.

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