I asked my AliExpress seller why my Chuwi Vi10 Ultimate I ordered for review here still hasn’t shipped out, I go this reply:
Hello friend, thank you for your order at first. Actually the factory were ready to send the Vi10 Cherry Trail to us these two days, but when they tested the tablets before sent, they found that the new chip have a problem that is easy to hot, so they have to stop and improve it. So we are not able to send the Cherry Trail with problem now.
Sound familiar? Cherry Trail + Heat.
Only Microsoft have kept it cool enough to not throttle in the Surface 3 I reviewed and they have the whole case helping to transfer heat away from the chipset. So far all other Atom Cherry Trails I have tested get to 85 degrees when pushed hard gaming or benchmarking. Even the Asus Transformer Book T100HA did this.
At least Chuwi is looking to correct the problem, but I would have thought heat issues would have been covered when the prototypes were built for testing? Why is nobody adding larger heatsinks on these? Did Intel’s recommendations for the Cherry Trail not require this?
And later speaking with another seller today via Skype chat, they said that the factory told them it was an Intel problem. Was it a bad batch? Makes me wonder if the reason for the Atom X5 & X7 Z8X000 series being phased out and replaced with the Z8X50 series next year is really due to heat issues?
On another note, all my Cherry Trail tablets for review I ordered weeks before 11.11 haven’t even shipped out yet. Now they will be stuck up in the 11.11 postal delays out of China no doubt. But one did make it far enough to get a tracking number and that’s my Teclast X98 Plus. But it’s stuck at the DHL warehouse.
Has anyone had their Chuwi Hi10 or Hi8 Pro ship yet?