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Chuwi Hi9 Pro Review: 4G and 2K in the spotlight

Can a Smartphone replace by a tablet? Obviously, smartphones are great, but in this fast pace world and with everyday emerging new technologies, anything can happen. The features of the newly introduced Chuwi Hi9 Pro hint at this potentiality. The tablet comes with a clear 2K display, two 4G SIM cards, a 5000 mAh battery, compact enough dimensions – all at an inexpensive price. With the configuration, the tablet promises a lot, let’s find out how it performs in the real world.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

Specifications:

General
Manufacturer: Chuwi
Model: Hi9 pro
Year of Release: 2018
 Operating System: Android 8.0
Battery Capacity: 5000 mAH
Dimensions
Dimensions(W*H*T,mm) 128.9 x 217.4 x 7.9
Weight: 550 gram
CPU
Processor Type: MediaTek MT6797
Clock Frequency: 2,300
Memory
Ram: 3 GB
Built-in memory: 32 GB
Communications
Phone: GSM, LTE, UMTS
Bluetooth: 4.0
Wi-Fi: 802.11b, g, n
Other: EDGE, GPRS, GPS, HSDPA, HSPA+, HSUPA, UMTS/WCDMA, GLONASS
Multimedia
Screen size: 8.4”
Screen Resolution: 1600 x 2560
Screen Type: IPS
Video Accelerator: Mali-T880 MP4
Rear Camera: 8 MP
Autofocus: Yes
Front Camera: 5 MP
Speaker: Mono
Headphone Out: 3.5
Other: G-Sensor, Light Sensor
Expansion
Memory Cards: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Connectors: USB host/OTG, microUSB

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

Design: Metal case, 2 sim cards and a red button

In terms of design, the global market of tablet innovations appears occasionally. And the Chuwi Hi 9 pro is no exception. The tablet doesn’t come with latest trends like “notch screen,” which is now familiar with most of the smartphones. Yow will get frames around the tablet edges , which are big enough to get into notice by everyone. Notch screen is new, and look cooler. However, it also makes the screen of smart devices more prone to damage.
Having a full edge on your tablet have apparent benefits. Full edges on the tablet provide traditional grip to the device. This lets you use the tablet to its full potential, without worrying about getting your tablet screen bump into something.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

However, the makers of Chuwi Hi9 pro have not let any  stone turned to add some extra to the expressiveness of the tablet. Tablets coming with same design make it harder to differentiate between them. The Hi9 Pro comes with unlock button painted with bright red color, this draws attention to itself, and makes it look elegant.

When you hold the tablet in your hand, you sense a nice feel. The upper body of device is made of premium smooth metal. On the upper part only, you can find a USB Type-C connector. The tablet comes with the fast charging, we will talk more about it later. Type C port gets accompanied by an audio connector and SIM/memory card slot.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

After getting familiarised with the Hi9 Pro ergonomics, you will get the feeling of dealing with a traditional and convenient device. The device great design also comes with the backing of great elements and high-quality execution.  The tablet is excellent to operate.

High definition screen

Most of the budget tablet available in the market still comes with a Full HD screen. Unlike Chuwi Hi9 Pro, which comes with a JDI display with a video resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The screen measures around 8.4 inches from the diagonal, which is quite enough for a regular tablet. The screen makes it nearly impossible to see each pixel. The device screen is good enough to watch videos or to read for longer durations without exhausting your eyes.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

The tablet comes with a protecting film install on the glass. This is really thoughtful from the manufacturers, as they tend to protect the screen of the tablet from any scratches or dirt. However, the quality of film cause some problem, it makes sharded to read, even at maximum brightness. We recommend our readers to remove the film that comes with the device and get a quality film for your device.
Overall, this an excellent display for the money it is available. Screen response to the touch is fast and precise, with great viewing angles there is no complaint about the device display. Using the device directly under the sunlight can cause some viewing issue due to low maximum brightness. However, in the low light, the device display looks beautiful. And without straing your eyes, you can use out for a long time.

Ample opportunities for calls, navigation and the Internet

The Chuwi Hi9 Pro has dual sim support. It means the device can support the installation of two sims at the same time. Moreover, the device can utilise any of the sims to connect with LTE network. People using WiFi for connectivity will also not face any kind of issue as 9 Pro can work on Wi-Fi 5 GHz networks. The device also comes with a built-in GPS module, which helps in navigation and with other location related Apps. The device has great specifications, and lets see how it performs in the real world.

For testing every feature of the device, we take the device around the city for a walk. The navigator was actually very quick and precise. We have used both wifi and sim for connectivity and they turned out to be awesome. Browsing internet over tablet is great experience. You can see everything clearly and the big screen makes browsing great.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

The calling function of the device turns out to be perfect. Both the caller and receiver can hear each other totally fine. The sound coming out of the speaker is standard, with enough details to understand everything. The tablet is good enough to replace your smartphone and you will not face any problem if you have this tablet with you.

How does it manifest itself in work?

The Chuwi Hi9 Pro heart gets its power from the MediaTek Helio X20 processor. It can clock at a maximum frequency of 2.3 GHz and its gaming performance comes with the Mali-T880. The gaming with the device is really great and without any lag. You can play your favorite game with much ease and without experiencing any lag. The device comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable upto 128 GB. The features are great for a mid-range device.

Even after having excellent hardware, tablet lags in performance. It doesn’t mean its that much worse. Application within the device opens up without any delay and don’t take time to load in the background. There’s some minor lag in the interface that comes once or twice.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro
While playing World of Tanks, we didn’t face any problems. While playing online, everything was great. You will not find yourself weaker regarding graphics performance from the tablet. Even the massive games like PubG runs smoothly and runs without noticeable lag in frame rate.

Overall, the tablet enables you comfortably play resource-intensive games. On a big 8.4-inch screen game playing experience is immersive. Same goes for online videos in the 1440p resolution are played without faltering.

Battery features in facts and figures

The Chuwi Hi9 Pro comes with a massive battery of 5000 mAh. The battery can easily sustain device for half day. Which is enough for a device coming with a big screen.  However, on the other side of the scale is a 2K-resolution display that can significantly affect battery life.

Most of the time tablets are a great source of entertainment as a video player during long trips. And Chuwi Hi9 Pro has proved its worth in the job. For checking the video capacity we ran tests in Full HD resolution, looped through the MX Player App. We also turn on the airplane mode of the device and set the screen brightness to 50%.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

The results were impressive, we got a video playback of more than nine hours of continuous video playback. The device has enough juice to pass the time while at the airport. It will not keep getting bore during long flights. In terms of battery, the device is a lot similar to its predecessor Chuwi Hi9 Air.

For everyday work, the device performs well. It has enough battery to last a day with moderate use. While testing the device, we tried everything: game playing, the battles in World of Tanks and Injustice 2, navigation, Internet browsing, reading e-books and watching videos on YouTube. The device last whole day without any requirement of charging and last till evening.

Clean interface

The Chuwi Hi9 Pro comes with out of the box Android Oreo. The device doesn’t come with lots of preloaded Apps. The apps you will get with tablet includes standard Google application suite, file manager and FM radio.

The device apps perform great, every app we ran get adapt to big beautifully. The notification panel easily accessible from the corner of the screen, the default browser Chrome opnes every site in full mode.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

The device interface is similar to most of the smartphones available in the market. You will get a full-fledged “dialer” and SMS-application same as the smartphones. The change happens with the text, all the letters and symbol are large. You will never miss anything with the big screen of the device.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro Camera

Cameras of the mid-range tablets are always lacking in terms of quality. Even when, they are widely used for video calling purpose. The Chuwi Hi9 front camera is good enough to produce a decent quality of pictures. Video calling with Skype was nice and clear. If you don’t have your smartphone with you, you can also use this tablet for a selfie. The main thing to notice while taking a picture with the tablet include the scene should have to be bright enough.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

The Chuwi Hi9 comes with a rear camera of 8 megapixels resolution. The quality of pictures from the rear camera is modest, although its suitable to enough to take pictures of documents. We have enclosed some sample pictures below:

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

 

There is a built-in HDR mode. The difference between frames made with and without it is visible to the naked eye.Photos without HDR. Features worked out better, not solid.

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

Results

Chuwi Hi9 Pro

The Chuwi Hi9 Pro is excellent for users who require the tablet to cope with regular tasks. Internet browsing, reading books, correspondence in instant messengers and social networks, as well as playing videos runs excellent in the device. The device also supports the big 8.4-inch display with the 2K resolution that makes it easier to interact with the device and provides comfort while using it.

Massive games like PubG can run smoothly but not with the maximum settings provided with the game. However, with the medium setting and extended battery of Chuwi Hi9 Pro you can enjoy online gaming for a long duration.

Where to buy

The Chuwi Hi9 Pro is available on gearbest at a discounted price of $135.99.

 

Chuwi Hi9 Pro
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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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