Chuwi Laptop Air, Chuwi Hi9 & Chuwi HiBox King Now Official (Updated)

Chuwi Laptop Air, Chuwi Hi9 & Chuwi HiBox King Now Official (Updated)

Update#2 – According to Chuwi France, the N3450 is just the initial CPU used in the Lapbook Air, so there is some hope still of a Core M3 version.

Update: Specs updated and first hands-on video of the Lapbook Air shows a very nice looking design and build. Looks a lot like the Mi Notebook Air. Anyone understand Polish? Is it that a mini HDMI port or Type-C? I can see just by looking at the keyboard it will have a good amount of travel like the Lapbook 14.1’s keyboard. Nice large touchpad, but is it a precision touchpad?

Chuwi’s end of the year line up is now official, just announced at IFA in Berlin today. Some good news and some slightly disappointing. I’ll start with the disappointing one. It seems due to the price point Chuwi is aiming for the Lapbook Air (their premium 14.1″ laptop) is now going to ship with an Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 and not the Core M3 Chuwi France said it would have. Such a shame, hopefully, we will see an Airbook Pro release with the Core M3 onboard. Like myself a lot of readers of the site also want to see Chuwi release a Core M3 laptop or tablet, so come on Chuwi! The demand is there…

The Chuwi Lapbook Air specs at least are now final:

  • Intel N3450
  • 8GB LPDDR3 RAM 1600Mhz
  • 128GB eMMC + empty SATA3 M.2 SSD slot with easy access hatch (2242 spec)
  • 1.3 kilos and 6mm thin and the shortest point
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 1920 x 1080p fully laminated 350nit screen (non-touch)
  • Intel Wireless AC 3165 / BT 4.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0 & 3.5mm headphone jack on the right side
  • (Unconfirmed) Type-C or Mini HDMI (hard to tell pm the left size)
  • 12v D/C 2.5A or 3A charging port (3mm)
  • MicroSD slot (click in flush style?)
  • Preorders start end of September

Then we have the  Chuwi Hi9, the successor to the Hi8, this 8.4″ laptop will have a 400nit 2560 x 1600 res screen, 4GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC. It’s going to be running Android 7.0 out of the box and has wireless AC.  The CPU is a MediaTek MTK8176, the same as the Teclast T10, Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 and ASUS  ZenPad 3S 10. You can see it pictured below:

No word on the release date of this one, but I would assume it would be soon, next month or two.

And their mini PC the HiBox gets with a chipset upgrade, the new Chuwi HiBox King it runs the N3450 (No surprises there!!) 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB eMMC. Windows 10 Home is the OS and it will support 3k 30hz output like other Apollo Lakes. It also has a USB 3.0 port and USB 2.0 (MicroSD I’m sure, but not confirmed)

And the Surbook is also at IFA, but I’m waiting for mine to arrive hopefully tomorrow if it’s not held by customs. This is Chuwi’s a premium 2-in-1 tablet with the Surface Pro 4 screen, stylus, kickstand and backlit keyboard. Stay tuned for more on that one this week once I get my hands on it.

And if you’re in Berlin be sure to stop by the IFA 2017 Expo and go and check out Chuwi’s new tech on display. I would love to be able to make it one of these years to IFA. But flights and hotel costs meant a 2-day visit was just out of the question for me. Who knows maybe next year?

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24 Comments

  1. Beh Chris, take a look at the video about Lapbook Air from the Chuwi IFA stand.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4mk1LWRU5A

    • Loving the dark aluminium look of the device, with the backlit CHUWI logo, and that thin bezel 1920*1200 screen. The keyboard looks great too.

      Only downside in this device is the N3450 and lack of USB-C. M3 model, plz!

      • Yes the darker silver/grey looks great. If it had a Core M3 and type-c USB 3.1 it would be a Mi Notebook Air 12 competitor. They should have done this! Maybe the Pro version will add this. As Chuwi France said the N3450 is just the first CPU it will use. Maybe Chuwi is waiting for the 8th Gen Core M chips?

    • Thank you, will add it to the post.

  2. When will the Chuwi hi9 be on sale?

  3. According to the Chuwi France Twitter account, the *initial* version of the Air will use a N3450; asked if that means there will be subsequent versions with other CPUs, they said “Yes”.

    • Great, thanks for the info. So there might just be, hopefully, a Core M3 “Pro” version end of the year.

  4. Hey Chris, did you hear anything about ezbook 3 plus? not pro
    it appeared recently in aliexpress and its spec would be nice..

    Jumper EZbook 3 Plus 14” laptop Intel Core M 7Y30 802.11 AC Wifi 8G DDR3L 128G SSD Metal Case
    http://s.aliexpress.com/v22IZNFR

    • I’m waiting for mine to be delivered, the EZbook 3 Plus is the Core M3 version of what looks to be like the Tbook4 build.

  5. Micro -HDMI (in video)

    • He got it wrong, it’s confirmed Mini HDMI. Sad it’s not type-c, oh well.

  6. Does anyone make a mini PC with a N3450 and 6GB RAM like some of the new notebooks?

    • There is the Beelink M1 I think it’s called with 8GB of RAM + N3450 I’ll be reviewing it soon,

  7. The guy in the video was saying about micro HDMI.

  8. If the screen is fully laminated IPS, if it support USB-C PD charging, if there is a microSD slot, I’ll be preordering. CPU is good enough, 8GIG of RAM also. Keep up the good work CHUWI 🤸

  9. Laptop Air is disappointing, indeed 🙁

  10. Would have been nice if they sold devices without emmc and OS and bundle them with m.2 ssd’s instead. Maybe get the price down even further.

  11. Such a disappointment with the Lapbook Air! “Premium” with 128 GB EMMC, no SSD, and an Apollo Lake instead of a Core M?!

    Completely lost my interest. Only good thing is the backlit keyboard. Now I hope even more that my EzBook 3 Plus has an IPS panel….

    • Hopefully the EZBook 3 Plus does have an IPS, as I mentioned in the forum some of the matte anti glare coatings can make the IPS screens appear like TN panels. But will know for sure this week when mine arrives.

      • Yes, I’m still having my hopes up as well. I just don’t get Chuwi’s reasoning. This would be like the fourth N3450 in their line-up and the devices perform very similar actually. However, instead of going one step further they just do more of the same over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, they build really nice devices, but they should really step it up a notch and offer something with better performance.

        • Yes, it’s well overdue for them to release a Core M3 or Core i5 device. Would be nice, maybe they will surprise us by the end of the year?

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