[Real Review] A VERY In-depth Review of the Chuwi Vi7 Tablet - Intel C3230 + Android 5.1.1 for ~$60

The Chuwi Vi7 3G Tablet. Very affordable for under $60!
Purchase Link: http://goo.gl/6mrw77



Doesn't come with much. Just the tablet, 1x charger plug, 1x micro-USB cable, and manual/warranty documents.


CPU: SoFIA AtomX3 C3230 64 bit Quad core 1.2GHz 
GPU: Mali-450MP 
Storage/RAM: 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM
System: Android 5.1.1
Display: 1024x600 7.0" IPS
USB-OTG: Enabled
Bluetooth 4.0
TF/SD card: Up to 64GB (not included)
This device scores VERY high considering the $60 price tag. Performance wise, it heavily outclasses many Snapdragon 410 handsets and tablets, including the Moto E and Moto G 2015. Internet speeds are fast and stable, ensuring fast app downloads and system updates. Graphics scores show that the device can handle many recent high end Android games and emulators. They may not run perfectly, as this is still a low end device, but they are definitely all playable. From the 3DMark chart, you can see that the temperature of the device barely increases. I can confirm this, as playing intensive games does warm the Vi7, but it is almost unnoticeable, and certainly is nothing to be worried about.

The screen is 7", however, it only has a resolution of 1024x600. The colors are slightly inaccurate in the greens and reds, which is okay. But there is very visible pixelation in the overall screen quality, especially in text, when compared to higher end devices.  
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Testing the RGB accuracy of 4 devices, including the (From top to bottom) Chuwi Vi7, NVIDIA Shield Tablet(Native screen preset), iPod Touch 5th generation, and Droid DNA(Super LCD3) you can see the screen quality of all devices.

As you can see, for reds, the Chuwi V7 produces a very burgundy color, is very accurate for blue, but for green it has a yellowish tent. 

Outdoors, the tablet does surprisingly well, being able to view in very direct sunlight, while the viewing angles are questionable, it still produces a well enough image for one user.


The battery in this device is 2500 mAh, which is very small for a tablet with 3G. I work a 7 hour shift with my job, and this tablet could not survive from 10AM to 5PM. (10:00 - 17:00). Even worse, the battery reading seems to be broken on my device, I charged the device overnight and the battery app for Android reports the usage incorrectly.

Throughout my shift, I browsed the web, chatted on Kik, Skype, and Steam and played around 20 minutes of Implosion. Upon the end of my shift, I attempted to unlock my tablet only to find the battery dead.

Unfortunately, charging the tablet is a problem too. It took over 2 hours to charge the tablet from 0% to 100% while it was powered off. The tablet does not support Fast Charging.

The tablet sports two cameras, one primary 2MP camera and a secondary 0.3MP camera. I took of a corner of my desktop with 5 different devices(Droid DNA, iPod Touch 5th Generation, 12.1 MP Fujifilm Camera, Chuwi Vi7, LG Tribute, NVIDIA Shield Tablet). The main purpose of this device is not the camera, so view the images for your interest. (Click the thumbnails to see the full size image)

Chuwi Vi7: 
iPod Touch: 
NVIDIA Shield Tablet: 

The camera is of course the worst of them all, it lacks any type of focus, the UI is very stock, and it has no flash, however, this is only a $60 tablet, and the camera makes this a very feature filled device, especially since there is also a front facing.

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