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CHUWII Vi8 Windows/Android tablet mini review

Recently there are host of inexpensive tablets coming out of China to tempt us. This particular tablet come with both Windows and Android loaded on it. You can switch relatively easily/quickly (<30 seconds) between the two. This tablet is available for under $100 on places like BangGood.com (trust me I couldn’t make up a name like that :))

The hardware is relatively good with the exception of the screen. 32G SSD, quad core Atom Z3735f, 2G of memory and some pretty bad cameras. Port wise it has a microUSB for charging/UST OTG, microSD (with 64G support), microHDMI (impressive), 3.5mm audio bluetooth and Wifi.

The screen is 8″ 1280×800 or 189 pixels per inch. It is by far not the brightest, or most vivid I have seen. It is reasonably responsive. I’ve seen lots of complaints about it scratching easily. It comes with a screen protector from the factory that is pretty bad. On one of the ones (two of my colleagues bought one of these) I saw there was imperfections either between the screen and screen protector or under the screen. I’m not sure which. There are comments about imperfections and dead pixels littered around the web. This is definitely a place where they saved some cash. There is a soft Windows button on the front that also doubles as a home button when in Android. Android relies on soft buttons for back/home/options.

The case itself is as usual quite plasticy. I can’t imagine this being all that durable. Think of it more as a disposable device.

The choice to have Android and Windows is an interesting idea, but I’m not sure it’s all that practical given hardware limitations. With no GPS one of the things I would want an Android 8″ tablet for (GPS navigation) is out the Window (pardon the pun). Dual boot literally shuts down one operating system and starts the other. And the device restarts in whatever operating system it last booted on. They have not given you tools to remove one of the other but it can be done manually. You simply need to traverse the dizzying number of partitions on the SSD, 17 if you can believe it. And your going to need to do some work to properly back up the SSD. Most solutions would only handle Android or Windows. There are of course backup solutions that simply do raw copies of the partitions that can be used.

Of the 32G Windows itself gets 13G leaving 7.5G free on first boot. Install patches and the like and your going to be kinda limited in space REAL fast. Android reserves 8G for itself. The Android load is impressively 4.4.4. No idea if or when it might get 5.0. The Android load is very vanilla and stripped down. It does impressively include the Google PlayStore for getting Android apps. The SSD registered 49 MB/s write and 69 MB/s which is reasonably quick. For reference the T100 was 25/40 , 25/46 for the Asus Vivotab Note 8, 66.2/81.6 for the Dell Venue 10 and 47/93 for the Acer Switch 10.

The tablet includes a 5000 mAh battery. I didn’t have enough time to play to get consumption numbers.

The quad core Atom is powerful enough for Windows and Android. And even runs Kodi on both Android/Windows for high def movie playback.

All in all this is not a bad a bad tablet. And given how cheap it is it’s hard to complain.
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May 19, 2015 - Posted by | Android, Windows tablets

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