Chuwi Vi10 Plus Review
An upgrade over the previous model with metal casing, higher res, but some will miss the USB ports
Last Updated: 13th August, 2016
The recently launched Chuwi Vi10 Plus is one of the most powerful Chinese devices available on the market today. Even though Chinese tablets are usually complimented for their low price and not for their high end specs, the Vi10 Plus delivers a lot more than your average cheap Chinese tablet.
Hardware and Build
An aesthetically pleasing model, the Vi10 Plus is available in dark colors exclusively and even though it looks good, it seems quite fragile and has to be handled with care. Additionally, it requires constant cleaning as the rear glass is a fingerprint magnet. Overall, the device looks good but seems to be high-maintenance. The Vi10 Plus weighs 1.3 pounds (without keyboard), which is pretty light for a 2 in 1 device of this size. All ports are placed on the left side, which is a good, practical solution.
Equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM, the Vi10 Plus preforms quite fast, mostly thanks to the relatively powerful quad-core processor. Overall, the device preforms much better than its predecessors and definitely seems like a step forward for the Chuwi line.
Battery is definitely one of the strongest points of this tablet. 6-7 hours of continuous use can be easily reached, even when the Wi-Fi is constantly on. However, the device does perform a bit better on Windows than on Android and the battery can last up to an hour more when using Windows. The downside is that it may take up to 5-6 hours for it to fully charge.
- Operating System: Remix 2.0 (based on Android)
- Screen Size: 10.8 inches
- Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1280 pixels
- Pixels Per Inch: 213.66
- Battery Capacity(mAh): 8400 mAh
- Battery Life: 6-8 hours
- Processor model: Intel Cherry Trail Z8300
- RAM: 2 GB
- Disk Space: 32 GB
- Cam Front: 2 MP
- Cam Back: 2 MP
- Weight in lbs: 1.51
- Weight in kg: 0.68
Display and Screen
The screen of this model has a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels and is also an IPS panel. Since this is a dual OS machine, there are noticeable differences regarding resolution. All in all, graphics look much better on Windows than on Android, as when run on the latter, the screen seems a bit blurry and definitely not as sharp as on Windows.
When it comes to touch response, the Vi10 Plus performs very well, as we have encountered no issues whatsoever. It runs very smoothly and the user doesn’t have to apply a lot of pressure when tapping, since the tap response is also excellent.
As with previous Chuwi models, the cameras are nothing to write home about. Both of them, the front and the back one, are 2 MP cameras. The photos taken with them seem a bit blurry and not very detailed, as expected. Unfortunately, this is something we’re used to with cheap Chinese tablets.
Keyboard is, along with the battery, the best thing about Chuwi Vi10. The 10.6 inch, custom made for Vi10 magnetic keyboard is much better than other Chinese keyboards on the market today. Although it’s quite small, typing on it feels natural and comfortable. It is important to note that the keyboard is optional and not included with the device, but it is fairly cheap and adds a new dimension to the user experience.
Software – Remix and Windows
Since this is a dual boot device there are differences when it comes to performance on each operating system individually. Rebooting and switching between two operating systems is quite simple and even the most inexperienced of users shouldn’t have a hard time using this feature. Overall, the Vi10 Plus performs a little better and faster on Windows, but the difference is not as big as you’d expect.
Pros and Cons
- All ports placed on one side
- Decent graphics
- Great touch response
- Easy switching between two operating systems
- Easily damaged
- Low on RAM
- Low quality cameras
- Doesn’t perform equally well on both operating systems
- The time required for charging
- This model has lost the full-sized USB ports that made the previous one attractive
Conclusion: A Good and Affordable Dual Boot Tablet
Battery life: 8/10
Chuwi have indeed come up with a good device that has, in many ways, surpassed their previous models. Vi10 Plus is not a high end tablet by any means, but it does the trick. This, combined with the low price, is the perfect combination for most casual users who will probably be more than satisfied with the tablet’s overall performance, especially on the Windows operating system.
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|Tablet||Chuwi Vi10 Plus|
|CPU||Intel Z8300 - 1.44 GHz|
|Display||IPS - 10.8 inch|
|Resolution||1920 x 1280 px - 214 ppi|
|Camera||Front 2.0 / Back 2.0 MP|
|Weight||0.68 kg / 1.51 lbs|
|Battery life||7.0 hours|
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