Top Tablet and Ultrabook picks this November

Here is my list of Top Picks or Recommended Tablets, you can pick up this month.

Powerful Tablets or Ultrabooks

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Xiaomi Mi Air 12 The first Ultrabook from Xiaomi and also an obvious copy of the Macbook Pro. This is the 12 inch version and it is also the cheaper model. The obvious difference is only on the chipset used, while it isn’t as powerful as the much premium Xiaomi Air 13, it does offer better battery life and thermals. Here are the key features below

  • Intel Skylake Core M3-Y630, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD
  • 12.5 inch IPS, 1080p, Sapphire Glass (non-touchscreen)
  • USB Type C, Dual Band WiFi
  • AKG Custom speakers
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Great Keyboard and Touch Pad
  • More Info here

 

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Xiaomi Mi Air 13. The Premium and faster version of the Xiaomi Mi Air series. It comes with a much faster Intel Core i5 Mobile Chip and Nvidia GT940 Graphics. Thus, it offers a bit more performance compared to a Core M3 Chipset and a more capable gaming machine. However, it is not really a gaming laptop. Compared to the Xiaomi Mi Air 12, It doubles the Memory and Storage, but also has a much lesser battery life.

  • The build quality is premium light and portable, it also has one of the better keyboards and touch pads available
  • Powered by Intel Core i5 6200U Dual Core chip
  • 8 GB RAM and 256 Samsung SSD Storage
  • The Ultrabook beefed up performance and can be used on heavier tasks such as Video Editing
  • Supports Expandable Storage via M.2 SATA Slot
  • The AKG loudspeakers offers decent output and volume
  • The Nvidia GT940 can game at a respectable 720p HD with good fps
  • Good Stable Wireless connection
  • Can be charged fully in just 1 hour and 28 minutes
  • 5400mAh Battery (6 hours at best)

 

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Cube i7 Zealot or Book. A reboot to last year’s tablet of the same name. The Cube i7 Book is a convertible 2 in 1 Ultrabook powered by an Intel Skylake Core M3-Y630 chipset. Aside from the performance boost, it still supports Wacom and is a great productivity tablet. The Electromagnetic screen and Wacom support is perfect for Photoshop softwares. In terms of gaming, the Intel HD515 chipset on board can handle the latest mainstream games at acceptable frames, you can still play games like Dota 2, Counstrike on low to medium settings. However, I don’t recommend  on 3D intensive games like GTA V, for those games, you will need a discreet graphics card, probably the Xiaomi Air 13 above is a good alternative.

It runs cool at 40C on idle but can quickly get toasty up to 70 to 80C on heavy load, because also of passive cooling, it is felt at the back of the tablet. More so, for casual use, you can get up to 4 hours at most, and heavy game use, maybe 2 hours at best with 25% brightness. Here are some key features below

  • Intel Skylake Core M3-Y630, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD
  • 10.6 inch IPS 1080p, Electromagnetic screen and supports Wacom (1024 sensitivity options)
  • Convertible 2 in 1 (Magnetic Docking interface)
  • Dual Band WiFi, USB 3.0, USB Type C
  • Complete Review here

 

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Cube i9. The Cube i9 is a Surface Pro 4 clone Ultrabook which features the same 3:2 Aspect ratio. The keyboard layout and kickstand are also reminiscent of the Surface Pro. Probably the only lacking feature of the tablet, is that it does not support Active or Wacom Stylus unlike the Cube i7 Book. So basically it is just a look alike of the Surface Pro. It offers pretty much the same performance with the Cube i7 Book and also because of the passive cooling, heavy use of the tablet, you would expect it to hit the 70 to 80C mark. But for casual use, it stays cool. The Intel HD515 is also capable of  modest gaming, probably at a preset low to medium settings on most mainstream games.

  • Intel Skylake Core M3-Y630, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD
  • 12.2 inch IPS 1200p (3:2 Aspect Ratio)
  • Convertible 2 in 1 (Magnetic Docking interface)
  • Dual Band WiFi, USB 3.0, USB Type C
  • Surface Pro Clone (kickstand and keyboard layout)
  • More info here

 

Best Value Budget Tablets

 

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Cube iWork12. A large 12 inch Surface Pro referenced tablet. It has similar aesthetics and design with the Cube i9 but is far less powerful. It only comes with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail Chip. It does come with the same Kickstand of the Cube i9.

  • Surface Pro Reference design and keyboard layout
  • The same design and layout with the Cube i9
  • Powered by Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 chipset
  • Dual OS Support
  • Equipped with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage
  • 12.2 inch, IPS, FHD Display
  • 9000mAh Battery
  • USB Type C Connector
  • More Info here

 

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Android version. Probably the best 8.0 inch tablet I have tested, the Mi Pad 2 especially the Android version replaces my old daily driver. It is balanced in terms of performance, great screen and a 6 hour battery life. The tablet is also clearly a clone of the Apple iPad Mini 2, but Xiaomi has made it well, in fact, the build quality is one of the best in the market, it also has good audio loudspeakers and the Dual Band WiFi Connectivity and USB Type C work perfectly. But you do have to acknowledge that it is not a gaming tablet, coming up with only an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 Chip, it struggles on most 3D intensive games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5 etc… It also comes with MIUI OS, which still hasn’t crossed the Marshmallow department unfortunately. Furthermore, it also does not offer a Dual OS version, so if you bought the Windows 10 version, you can just reflash it to Android. Anyway, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is a great overall media tablet. Here are some key features below

  • Intel Atom X5-Z8500, 2 GB RAM and 16/64 GB eMMC Storage
  • 7.9 inch IPS, 2048 x 1536 pixels (Retina Display)
  • Android/Windows 10 (Android is much more optimize for the system)
  • Dual Band WiFi, USB Type C
  • 6190mAh battery (Quick Charging support) – 6 hours plus battery life
  • more info here

 

chuwi-hi12-main-picChuwi Hi12.  The tablet is also a Surface Pro clone, but doesn’t share the same Kickstand and Keyboard layout, only the screen size and aspect ratio. However, it is pretty modest compared to the Cube i9. Considering the Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Chip underneath, it is slow and sluggish on Windows 10. And will only be good on single App usage and not much on multitasking. Fortunately, it comes with Dual Boot support, the chipset is quite enough for the Android platform. In terms of gaming, the Ultra high resolution is indeed limiting, you can’t run heavy 3D games on this tablet. So What is this tablet for? Photo editing softwares such as Photoshop, light to moderate apps and not very demanding games. It does support Active Stylus with up to 256 pressure sensitivity and also features palm rejection. One thing you will likely notice of the tablet is the size, it is big, the 11,000mAh will offer good mileage but still depends on user preference.

  • Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC Storage
  • Dual Boot (Windows 10 and Android 5.1)
  • 12 inch, 2160 x 1440 pixels (3:2 Aspect ratio similar to Surface Pro), Supports Active Stylus (256 pressure sensitivity and Palm Rejection)
  • 11,000mAh battery
  • More info here

 

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Jumper Ezbook 2. A 14 inch Macbook Air referenced Ultrabook. But the looks is just merely aesthetics, it has an overall plastic build but the Keyboard Layout has good travel and a large Touch Pad, allowing for a good typing experience. The overall performance is just modest but it does offer great battery life.

  • 14 inch Macbook Air inspired Ultrabook
  • IPS 1080p Display
  • Powered by Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300
  • Equipped with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage
  • Supports MicroSD Card for Expandability
  • Supports USB 3.0 Standard Connectivity, HDMI out
  • 10,000mAh Battery built in
  • More info here

 

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Chuwi Hibook Pro. The successor to the Hibook 2, comes with an upgraded 2K Retina Fully Laminated Screen. It still offers modest performance, equipped with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Chip. The tablet is a 2 in 1 convertible ultrabook with a magnetic docking pin keyboard connector. It also supports USB Type C with Quick Charging.

  • Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC
  • Convertible 2 in 1 – Magnetic Keyboard dock
  • 10.1 inch 2560 x 1440 pixels, Retina, Fully Laminated Screen, OGS
  • Dual Boot Support (Android 5.1 + Windows 10)
  • USB Type C
  • 8000mAh (Quick Charging)
  • More info here

 

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Chuwi Hi10 Plus. Another budget Surface Pro look alike tablet. It adapts a 3:2 Aspect Ratio screen and supports Dual OS (Remix and Windows 1o). It is now updated to the new Intel Atom X5-Z8350 Chipset and Intel Graphics 400. The new chipset is said to boast slightly improve performance and gaming performance from the standard X5-Z8300.

  • Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8350, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC
  • Intel Graphics 400
  • All Metal build (Convertible 2 in 1 – Magnetic Keyboard dock)
  • 11.6 inch 1080p, Active Stylus Support (Precision Disk)
  • Dual Boot Support (Remix 2.0 + Windows 10)
  • Convertible 2 in 1 (Magnetic Docking Keyboard)
  • USB Type C
  • 8400mAh
  • more info here

 

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The Teclast X98 Plus 2. The tablet is just a redesign of the X98 series, nevertheless, it is the closes thing you get with the iPad Air 2 Clone. It does have a slightly improved speakers and is actually a bit bigger compared to the previous version. Performance is modest also with the Intel Atom Cherry Trail chipset and gaming potential is also limited. The screen is probably it’s best asset along with an improved thermals and battery life.

  • Intel Atom X5-Z8300, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage
  • 9.7 inch IPS, 2048 x 1536 pixels (Retina Display)
  • Android/Windows 10 (Dual OS)
  • 8000mAh battery
  • more info here

 

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Cube iWork11 Stylus. The tablet is a Convertible 2 in 1 Ultrabook that supports Wacom Stylus. It is pretty modest in terms of performance, and similar to most tablets with the same chipset, the gaming capabilities are very limited. It does offer the flexibility of being a productivity based tablet, the Wacom Stylus support is a big plus.

  • Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC
  • 10.6 inch 1080p, Wacom Stylus Support (1024 pressure sensitivity)
  • Dual Boot Support (Android 5.1 + Windows 10)
  • Convertible 2 in 1 (Magnetic Docking Keyboard)
  • 8600mAh
  • More info here
About Vincent
I am 27 years old and an avid fan of Phones and tablets. Writing blogs is my hobby and i have taken a keen interest in making Tablet and Phone Reviews.

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