Chuwi Hi13 or Hi12? Do you really need the upgrade?

The Chuwi Hi13 is the successor to the popular Hi12, take a look at how much the Hi13 has evolved and whether it still offers great value.

Advantages of getting the Chuwi Hi13:

  • 3K Display, Better Contrast and Image Quality, Much Brighter Display also
  • HiPen H3 Stylus with 1024 pressure sensitivity
  • Wireless AC (much faster WiFi and longer range)
  • Larger Screen at 13.5 inches
  • Much Faster eMMC Storage (although both tablets have only eMMC to boot)
  • Dual Channel Memory clocked at 1600MHz (4 GB LPDDR3 RAM)
  • Apollo Lake N3450 blows the Atom Chipset in terms of performance
  • MicroSD slot offers USB 3.0 Speeds
  • USB Type C Charging only (12V 2A Charger specific)

Trade offs when getting the Chuwi Hi13:

  • No Standard USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 Slots
  • Huge Price difference between the two
  • No Chance of Dual OS Support
  • At $300, you only get eMMC storage instead of SSD
  • Only charges on USB Type C, no other way of doing it.
  • Average Loudspeakers Performance (true to both Tablets)

Advantages of getting the Chuwi Hi12:

  • Relatively Cheaper price but still offers premium looks
  • Standard USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Slots available, no need for adapter
  • Lighter at around 900g, and a bit smaller at just 12 inches
  • 11,000mAh battery offers more run time, around 8 hours of casual use
  • Can be charged using a Powerbank

Where to Buy? (April 25, 2017)

Chuwi Hi13 retails at $319 (limited time Price
Keyboard Accessory
Dual Chip HiPen H3 Stylus

Sale price valid until May 2

You may also be interested: Tablet Deals (updated)

SpecsChuwi Hi12Chuwi Hi13
ChipsetIntel Cherry Trail X5-Z8350
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 400
Intel Apollo Lake N3450 Quad Core
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 505
MemoryRAM: 4 GB Single Channel 1600MHz
ROM: 64 GB eMMC
MicroSD up to USB 2.0 Speed
RAM: 4 GB Dual Channel 1600MHz
ROM: 64 GB Samsung eMMC
MicroSD up to USB 3.0 Speed
OSDual OSWindows 10 only
Display12 inch IPS
2140 x 1440 pixels
420 lux, 216 ppi
Active Stylus (256 pressure)
13.5 inch IPS
3000 x 2000 pixels
500lux, 267 ppi
HiPen H3 (1024 pressure)
WirelessWireless N only (2.4GHz)Dual Band Intel AC 3165
IOStandard Slot USB 3.0, USB 2.0
MicroUSB 2.0
Mini HDMI Port
USB Type C
MicroUSB 2.0
Mini HDMI Port
Weight900g1.1kg
Battery10,000mAh
12V 2A Charger Only
11000mAh
Can be charged using Powerbank
Battery Life6-8 hours5-6 hours
Pricing$235 - 250
Excluding the Keyboard and Stylus
$329 - 350
Excluding the Keyboard and Stylus

The table above summarizes the difference between the two tablets. Basically, the $300 plus mark of the Chuwi Hi13 justifies the improved and high Quality 3K display. It also offers better performance via the Intel Apollo Lake Chipset, Dual Channel Memory Support and a much faster eMMC Samsung Drive, but it is still not an SSD. You also get a much faster and longer range Wireless AC, and finally a stylus support with 1024 pressure sensitivity.

On the other hand, theĀ Chuwi Hi12 is way cheaper, offers Dual OS support, which the Hi13 will not have a chance of having. Has Standard USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Support, so you don’t need adapters to connect your external devices. It will also allow you to charge the tablet on the go via a Powerbank because it supports 5V Charging. The 11000mAh battery also offers additional juice for longer use, much longer compared to the Hi13.

Also loudspeaker performance is average on both of these tablets, so no real advantage on that regard.

Where to Buy? (April 25, 2017)

Chuwi Hi13 retails at $319 (limited time Price
Keyboard Accessory
Dual Chip HiPen H3 Stylus

Sale price valid until May 2

You may also be interested: Tablet Deals (updated)

So, which one would I choose?

Although I have the Chuwi Hi13 already, given the specs above, the Hi13, still offers the best bang for your buck. If you are using it for multimedia, drawing, graphics etc… the Hi13 is more flexible, offers more performance, features and a better screen overall. The only justification, why I would get the Chuwi Hi12is the Dual OS Support. Is it the same with you?

This article has 5 Comments

  1. why you are skeptical on getting Android on Hi13? Remix 3 is working even on Surface tablets, why it would not work on Hi13?

    1. Hello AG2,

      I would love the Chuwi Hi13 to be in Android, honestly performance is better there. But so far, I haven’t seen any Apollo Lake Chips with Android or Dual OS Support. I hope that changes though

      Best Regards,
      Vince

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