Chuwi Hi8 review: high performance at cheap price

With a tight budget of around $100 and a need of a good tablet for use, you may think about Chuwi Hi8 as a good choice. At a reasonable price, Chuwi offers users a 2GB RAM 32GB ROM, 1920 x 1200 pixel screen dual booting system tablet. This review will provide a close look at Hi8 to see why it is a worth buying item. 

What’s in the box?
  • 1* Tablet
  • 1* Charger
  • 1* USB Cable
  • 1* OTG Cable
  • 1* Earphone
  • 1* User Manual 

Price: $92.89


Chuwi Hi8 relies on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3736F clocked at up to 2.16Ghz and a 7th-gen Intel HD GPU to run these operating systems and their respective apps. For multitasking, the tablet comes with 2GB of RAM (which are detected as such in Windows 8.1 with Bing, but only seen as 1.87GB on Android). As far as storage is concerned, Win8.1 will show 14GB of ROM, out of the 32GB featured by the tablet, and 6.78GB in Android. That surely doesn’t sound like much, but microSD cards of up to 64GB can be used to expand that.

For an 8-inch display, Chuwi Hi8 has a pretty impressive resolution, especially considering the price. A 1920×1200 IPS MagicColor Panel was used, and the pixel density of 283PPI should make everything look crystal clear.
To stay connected, this tablet relies on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas, as well as USB OTG. In fact, an USB OTG cable is provided in the box, along with thecharger and the data cable. The 4,000mAh battery shouldn’t take long to charge, provided that the charger is rated at 5V/2A. According to the manufacturer, that capacity should be just enough for up to 5 hours of video playback. In any case, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to carry a power bank with you, while on the go.


At the time of this review the tablet ships with Windows 8.1 Bing and includes one free year of Office 365. What’s not certain is once Windows 10 is released will Chuwi start to ship them out with Windows 10 and will office still be included?

Like all 32GB dual boots you have limited space, Windows has just 10GB of free storage so once the Windows updates start rolling and then the upgrade to Windows 10 you’ll likely to have much less than this. This is why I personally think all dual boots should have at least 64GB eMMC’s for storage.

Performance in Windows is fine, Windows, apps, folders all load up quickly, the tablet boots up quick and IE11 is as fluid as it ever is. The only degraded performance from the slower eMMC drive is large application install times and loading. It’s a bit slower than usual from an eMMC.


The Chuwi Hi8 comes with Android 4.4.4 stock and Play Store is working out of the box. There are some bloatware applications, but all of them can be removed bar one, the Chuwi App store. You’ll to root the tablet in order to remove it.

The rom is quick and I encountered no slow down or stutters. You have a small 6.67GB free user space on the internal storage. Not much at all to play with once you start to download large games.

Switching Operating System

Windows and Android side by side, it’s just a matter of touching the Android icon in Windows and you’ll boot over to Android. The same goes for Android, just select Windows from the drop down menu. The system will reset and then boot over to the other OS. If you shut down in Android, it will boot in Android.. same for Windows. If you want to choose which OS on boot, you can hold volume key down and press power to start.


The Chuwi Hi8 get 33950 scores at Antutu benchmark, It is amazing result in price.

The Chuwi Hi8 is definitely not the most powerful device out there, but it’s really cheap and it actually offers rather solid specifications. If you’re interested in the dual boot aspect, then this is one of the few such offerings you’ll find in the market. Either way, you can purchase the Chuwi Hi8 from GearBest now for $92.89 and get free ship world wide.

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