Chuwi Vi10 Android and Windows 8 Tablet – Review


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It’s probably one of the best money to value tablets on the Chinese market at the moment. Whether you want a Windows or an Android operating system, with this tablet you will have them both. Other reviews gave this tablet a great score and CompareImports is also very excited about the performance of the Chuwi Vi10. For this price it cannot be a ‘real’ high-end tablet but it is certainly a tablet with a top mid range performance for the price of a budget tablet. That together with great extras makes this Chuwi Vi10 a tablet to consider!

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Pro’s and Con’s

Upsides Downsides
  • Out of the box start ready, both operation systems are installed.
  • Dual OS
  • Benchmark Score: 35675
  • Free upgrade to Windows 10
  • Free Office 365 for 1 year!
  • The adapter got a US plug, but it’s delivered with a EU fitting
  • Elongated shape, a few inches to long..
  • Got pretty hot when playing games
  • Android 4.4 and waiting for 4.5?
  • The EU fitting got stuck in the wall (adhesive tape will do the trick)
  • Charging the tablet takes hours

Chuwi Vi10 – Specifications

  • Brand: CHUWI
  • OS: Windows 8.1, Android 4.4
  • CPU:Intel
  • CPU: Z3736F
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphic(Gen7)
  • Core: 1.83GHz, Quad Core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Battery: 8000mAh
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • TF Card Slot: Yes
  • Micro USB Slot: Yes
  • USB Slot: Yes(2 x USB 2.0)
  • Mini HDMI: Yes
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack: Yes
  • Back camera: 2.0MP
  • Front camera: 2.0MP
  • Chuwi Vi10 – Features

    The camera is certainly not spectacular. As with most mediocre lenses they are fine in daylight but the quality decreased drastically in darker environments. Just don’t buy this tablet for taking beautiful pictures ;). One important feature of a tablet is the battery usage time. With normal a operation the tablet works for 6-8 hours. We tested most of the time on the Android OS, because the windows version is cool but not convenient for just reading books, watching movies, youtube and browsing websites. On the other hand, the charging takes pretty long.. the tablet needs to be charged for at least four hours. We were a bit disappointed about times like that.

    Chuwi Vi10 – Design

    The Vi10 got a rather extraordinary look and feel. It’s screen dimensions are different than most common tablets,the sizes are: length 27.8 x width 17.1 x thin 0.8 cm (10.93 x 6.72 x 0.31 inches). With a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Initially the tablet feels more rectangular than other tablets, which is at first not a problem. However, when you need to use both hands for e.g. typing, it’s difficult with (masculine hands) to reach the middle of the screen.

    Chuwi Vi10 – Gaming and Videos

    We tried a few games and all of them performed fine. No real hiccups besides the heat radiation at the left backside, probably because the CPU/GPU had to work very hard 😉 When watching a movie I noticed the presence of four speakers. At first sight this seems a good thing, and it probably is. However, when holding the tablet with one/two hands you will block the sound output which gives a quite tinny feeling. The standard movie app … works fine, but of course for the most versatile experience we used VLC player.

    Chuwi Vi10 – Android Experience

    First of all, the tablet works right out of the box, which is a very nice welcome. The starting apps are all chinese, we did not test those ;). So we deleted those apps, which wasn’t a problem. Except for the Chuwi app, which keep annoying us with chinese messages/updates.

    Getting root access: Most people try to get root access on chinese tablets in order to get the main controls. We looked a bit on the web and couldn’t find a way to root the Chuwi Vi10. But there are some forums which talk about a possible manner: . The playstore is working fine and we did not have any trouble finding or installing the apps we wanted. We installed: youtube, chrome, firefox, spotify, vlc player. Those worked apps worked like expected. One major flaw is probably the holding off Android 4.5.

    Benchmark:
    We tested the tablet with the Antutu Benchmark app. It scored a 35675, which is far better than average, just one place below the Google Nexus 5.

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    Chuwi Vi10 – Windows Experience

    The Windows experience is pretty good. But in my opinion Windows is still easier to use on a laptop than a tablet. After upgrading to Windows 10 the available space is somewhat limited. But with the ability to use a SD card this must be no problem. Upgrading to Windows 10 was pretty easy:

    1. Do all windows updates
    2. Make your windows 10 reservation
    3. Wait for the windows message to download and install the update
    4. Update the tablet (it quite some time to update.. 2/3 hours)

    The update went great and more important the new Windows 10 worked flawless! Besides these updates we were surprised about the office 365 deal. Just make up a Microsoft account and you get access for a one year subscription on office 365. Which allows you to use the main office package on three different machines (additional to the Chuwi you can use it on your laptop and phone!). Such deals make the whole package very satisfying.

    Compare Imports Conclusion

    Free updating to Windows 10, free subscription office 365, a pretty good benchmark rating, affordable, many possible connections and we could go on.. In our opinion this tablet is one of the most value for money tablets on the market today. If you embrace the small downsides this tablet cannot disappoint you. The display resolution could be slightly sharpen, but when watching a movie we did not encounter this as an annoying point. We only noticed this unsharp effect at the home/start Android screen.

    Where to Buy the Chuwi Vi10?

    The tablet is available at many shops on Compare Imports, but first thanks at Gearbest which gave us the opportunity to review products objectively.
    And afterall they also have the best price.

    The Chuwi Vi10 @ Gearbest for only $139.39. And with the coupon SAVEORDER you will have an extra discount at Gearbest.

    $60 OFF for $500+, $45 OFF for $400+, $20 OFF for $200+, $14 OFF for $150+, $8 OFF for $100+, $4 OFF, $50+

    Chuwi Vi10 – Additional Accessories

    On our site you will find the extra Bluetooth keyboard or the available leather cases. We did not test any of those at the moment of writing this review.

    Leather Cases for the Chuwi Vi10
    Keyboard Docking Cases for the Chuwi Vi10


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    • Chuwi is one of my windows tablet.However the Chuwi Vi10 is out date.I think the window tablet is better than ipad. I found the the Gearbest Windows tablet is very well. It worth visiting.

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