Chuwi Surbook 12.3 – Surface Book Carbon Copy with 2K Display

The Chuwi Surbook 12.3 is the carbon copy of the Surface Book. Take a peak at what are the specs.

Below is a promotional video from Chuwi, showing the concept of the Tablet…

Highlights of the Chuwi Surbook 12.3:

  • 2 in 1 Convertible Ultrabook Design
  • Same Keyboard design to the Surface Book
  • 125 degrees adjustable Kickstand
  • 12.3 inch IPS 2K Display
  • 2736 x 1824 pixels
  • Supports Stylus (Chuwi HiPen Stylus – 1024 Pressure sensitivity) similar to the Chuwi Hi13
  • Stylus Pen, still sticks to the right size of the tablet which is magnetize
  • Powered by Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 Chipset
  • GPU: Intel Graphics 500
  • 6 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage (supports Expansion)
  • Aside from MicroSD, it also supports M.2 SATA SSD Storage Expansion
  • Supports Dual Band WiFi AC
  • 24Wh Quick Charger
  • 7.4V 10,000mAh Battery
  • 2x USB 3.0 and USB Type C Ports

What worries me?

  • N3450 really? So the same performance with the Chuwi Hi13, which I think would also bottleneck the 2K Display
  • Interesting to see, what is the performance of on Photoshop, since this also uses the same Stylus with the Chuwi Hi13
  • Core M3 Kaby or Skylake is better on this one
  • Gaming performance would probably be the same with the Chuwi Hi13
  • Why no SSD Storage?

The Carbon Copy of the Surface Book

Even though the Chuwi Hi13 is also considered a clone of the Surface Book. The new 12.3 inch version and touted as Surbook, seems to be close to 100% copy of the original. At first glance, the specs seems good, especially the 2K Screen with Stylus support, but when you see the Chipset, then, I can’t help but grim a little. Frankly, I am not a fan of the Intel N3450 or any Apollo Lake Series Chipset. Performance is subpar especially when you compare it to Skylake and much more on the new Kaby Lake Chipset. This is also true when it comes to gaming, where for example, the Chuwi Hi13 severely struggles. I also think, that just like Chuwi Hi13, the chipset will bottle the chipset and cause some lags, slowdowns on certain demanding apps. I am also looking forward for the Photoshop performance of this Tablet.

Fore more information. Here is a short tablet, which shows the differences between the Chuwi Hi13 and the upcoming Chuwi Surbook 12.3

SpecsChuwi Hi13Chuwi Surbook 12.3
ChipsetIntel Apollo Lake N3450 Intel Apollo Lake N3450
MemoryRAM: 4 GB LPDDR3 (1600MHz)_
ROM: 64 GB eMMC
RAM: 6 GB LPDDR3 (Dual Band) - 1600MHz
ROM: 64 GB eMMC
Display13.5" IPS Surface Book Retina
3000 x 2000 pixels, 3:2 Aspect Ratio
12.3" IPS Retina
2736 x 1836 pixels
Stylus Active Stylus (HiPen H3)
1024 levels pressure sensitivity
Active Stylus (HiPen)
1024 levels pressure sensitivity
ConnectivityIntel Dual Band WiFi Intel Dual Band WiFi
IOUSB Type C
MicroUSB 2.0
2x Standard USB 3.0
1x USB Type C
Battery7.4V 10,000mAh Battery
24W Fast Charging
7.4V 38Wh 10,000mAh Battery
24W Fast Charging

The short table above shows the major difference between the two Surface Book clone tablets.

Same Stylus support?

From the information that I gathered, I think it supports the same Chuwi HiPen H3, which has 1024 pressure sensitivity and sticks to the magnetize corner of the tablet.

4 versus 6 GB RAM

  • The Chuwi Surbook has 2 more additional memory but is set up in Dual Channel Mode. But both of these tablets still offer eMMC Storage. So no SSD Storage here. I think the memory will be running at 1600MHz, similar to the Chuwi Hi13.

Design differences

  • The Chuwi Surbook 12.3 has a design close to the Microsoft Surface Book, it has the same keyboard design and a 125 degree kickstand
  • The Chuwi Hi13 has the same 3:2 Aspect Ratio Screen with 3K Display. The keyboard design is the same to the older Chuwi Hi12

IO’s

  • The Chuwi Surbook 12.3 now features two Standard Full Size USB 3.0 Ports and a USB Type C Port.
  • The Chuwi Hi13 is limited to the USB Type C Port for charging, no USB 3.0 Ports available here

More like a smaller version of the Chuwi Hi13

I think, the chipset is it’s biggest problem, It should have been Core M3 Skylake or Kaby Lake would do just fine. The N3450 isn’t worth a $300 price tag, which is what I expect this new tablet to be priced once released. Also, no SSD storage? Anway, most of these issues are my problems with the Chuwi Hi13. And it seems, it is still the same.

This article has 3 Comments

  1. The Celeron N3450 chipset is not suitable for managing a 2k resolution screen and with an eMMC archive, the web browsing and multitasking are not fluid. With the beautiful and heavy Chuwi Hi13 the system seems to be under stress.

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