Chuwi Core Book: Convertible 2-in-1 Tablet with Windows 10
Enjoy complete 2-in-1 experience with the minimal expenses
2-in-1 tablet PCs typically have a premium price tag attached, but Chuwi proved that mobile PC with detachable keyboard and Windows 10 doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Succesful Indiegogo campaign, with financial goal met in over 1000% allowed the company to get the necessary funds and gather a lot of buzz to release a CoreBook. The important question is however, is this convertible a mere Microsoft Surface copycat or much more? See our review and find out!
|CPU||Intel Core m3-7Y30 Dual Core 2.4GHz|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 615|
|Storage||128 GB SSD|
|Camera||Back: 5.0MP, Front: 2.0MP|
|WiFi||Dual WiFi 2.4GHz/5.0GHz|
|Box contents||Tablet PC: 1|
Charger : 1
English manual: 1
Pros and cons
- Powerful performance and fast SSD
- Large IPS screen with narrow bezels
- Windows 10 preinstalled
- Fully detachable keyboard + stylus
- Fingerprint reader for quick boot up
- Long lasting battery
- Incredibly low price
- Lacks full-sized USB ports
- No gaming GPU
Chuwi CoreBook uses Core m3 (M3-7Y30), the latest generation Intel processor intended for mobile devices. Its maximum burst frequency is 2.6 GHz, so it can handle all kinds of professional and personal uses, especially since it’s backed up by 8 GB of RAM and a fast 128 GB SSD storage that can read and write data at top speed. This CPU is much faster than the Apollo Lake chipsets that we often find in tablets and cheaper laptops, offering up to a 96 percent increase in performance. Its dual-core / four-threaded architecture allows smooth user experience in Windows 10. English version is preinstalled and you can freely install additional languages. While Intel HD Graphics 615 graphics card is not a dedicated gaming chipset, it’s fast enough to decode 4K videos, process graphics in Photoshop or run some older games with 3D acceleration.
Display and battery
Covered with 2.5D glass, 13.3-inch big laminated screen can display at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 px, providing comfortable experience for work or entertainment. 350 nit brightness might not be extremely high, but this certainly helps in extending the battery life, which is most important for mobile devices. This OGS display produces sharp images with natural color reproduction and strong contrast.
Long lasting high-density lithium battery allows up to eight hours of work, which is impressive result considering the large display and fast CPU. 34.2Wh cell can be quickly recharged within no more than three hours, using provided 36W QC charger.
The unibody aluminum enclosure is ultra-light and since it’s very thin you can effortlessly put it into your bag or take it anywhere with you. The detachable stepless full-size keyboard is attached to the magnetic clamp and acts as a tablet cover. There is also the usual set of pretty standard 5.0MP + 2.0MP cameras. The only gripe we have is lack of standard USB ports that are instead replaced with Type-C ports. If you want to connect a standard mouse or speakers, you’ll need to plug it in through an external USB hub. CoreBook offers also a lot for designers, architect or artists, because dedicated active stylus included in the box can detect 1024 pressure levels and allows precise work. Fingerprint reader located on the bottom bezel, increases data security and enables instant password-free login.
If you are looking for the perfect convertible tablet, but you don’t feel like shelling a thousand or more for the Microsoft Surface, the Corebook is a device just for you. It’s no coincidence that it garnered more than half a million dollars in the Indiegogo campaign and it became a sales hit in just three months after its release. Although it doesn’t have all the premium features as its Microsoft counterpart, it nevertheless lets you enjoy the same complete 2-in-1 experience with the minimal expenses.