The 5 Best Chinese Tablets of 2016
Tablets out of the Middle Kingdom have been improving in leaps and bounds - but which is right for you?
Chinese tablets have become incredibly popular over the last couple of years. They have always been much cheaper than their Western counterparts, but the low price of these devices isn’t the only thing that the Chinese now have to offer. On the contrary, Chinese tablets are becoming better and better each year, performance and design-wise, while maintaining their competitive price.
Chinese designers and manufacturers have been flooding the Western market with their affordable and well-performing devices and they have certainly managed to gain market share in the process.
What follows is our list of the 5 best Chinese tablets, listed in no particular order, so make sure to keep reading.
1. Huawei Matebook
Considered one of the best Surface Pro clones by some, the stylish Huawei Matebook is a solid 2 in 1 device. Good performance, lovely screen, clever design and, obviously, the low price are more than enough to mask this tablet’s flaws, with the biggest one being the relatively short battery life. Overall, this is the perfect tablet for students and professionals looking for a decent-performing tablet that won’t burn a hole in their budget.
2. Chuwi Hibook 10.1
The Chuwi Hibook 10.1 is another solid, budget-friendly hybrid. The large, vivid display is one of the device’s strongest points, but rock-solid performance is what makes the Hibook stand out even more among its competitors. The sturdy, yet light build and good battery life make this tablet perfect for casual everyday use, but not much more than that. In short: if you don’t expect anything spectacular performance-wise, you will definitely not be disappointed with the Chuwi Hibook 10.1.
3. Teclast Tbook 11 2 in 1
Dual boot tablets have become pretty popular lately and the Chinese have produced their own fair share of these devices. Teclast Tbook 11 is one of the best Chinese dual boot tablets that has just about everything a casual user could ask for and a little more. Both operating systems run perfectly fine on this compact, well-built device. A large number of ports, decent battery life and the light, removable keyboard make this tablet one of the best devices within the price range. Low quality cameras are something we’re used to with Chinese tablets and Teclast Tbook 11 doesn’t deliver in this department either. This could maybe be a turn off for some users, but not a lot of us use tablets for photography anyway.
4. Chuwi Hi12
Visually stunning, mostly thanks to the large, vivid screen, Chuwi’s Hi12 is another dual boot Surface clone that offers more than decent performance. The wonderfully colourful display and the highly responsive touchscreen (which, by the way, is as good as Microsoft Surface’s and iPad Pro’s touchscreen, if not better) guarantee a thrilling user experience. What might hurt the overall user experience, however, is the lack of keyboard kickstand, which can sometimes make typing on the removable keyboard fairly uncomfortable. Great battery life, a large number of ports and the traditionally low price are, along with the display and touchscreen, the biggest pros of this model.
5. Vido W10 Elite
Vido W10 Elite is the perfect example of how and why Chinese tablets have been, slowly but surely, penetrating the Western market. The W10 Elite is China’s best effort to break onto the Windows tablet market so far. Simple, yet robust design, a large number of ports, a great display, combined with good performance and decent battery life are the biggest pros of this model. On the other hand, the low quality speakers and bad cameras are the biggest cons of this device. Although a tad bit more expensive than other Chinese tablets, the W10 Elite is, overall, a good Windows tablet that performs very well despite its flaws.