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Chuwi Surbook Mini – $249 2-in-1 Windows Tablet Released

Chuwi Surbook Mini – $249 2-in-1 Windows Tablet Released

The Surbook Mini is due to be released today. This is a smaller version of the Surbook I reviewed. It’s built around the 1920 x 1280 3:2 aspect ratio Surface 3 screen. 450 nits bright and fully laminated, so this should be a decent display, exactly the same as my Surface 3 Atom Z8700 I had back in 2015 and it was a good panel. The screen also supports an active stylus, the Chuwi HIPen H2.

The tablet has 4GB of RAM, so 2GB less RAM than the Surbook and like the Surbook there is no SSD slot, which is a real shame. But it does have an eMMC 5.1 drive. a 64GB one. This might not be enough for some so hopefully, we will see a 128GB version. The tablet has two USB 3.0 ports, MicroSD slot, a Type-C port with full video, data and PD charging support (great!) TheSurbook Mini weighs just 686 grams and the kickstand can go back as far as 125 degrees.

2MP cameras front and back and Intel Wireless AC. The biggest con I’ve noted is the battery is 27Wh or 8000mAh. The typical 36Wh (9600mAh) I see in the Apollo Lake laptops are good for up to 8 hours. So expect this to be only good for up to 6 to 6 1/2 hours.

It has an optional type cover, not sure if it’s backlit like the Surbook. Doesn’t look to be. The tablet is selling for $249 over here and the official page for the Surbook Mini is here. Yes, I’ll be picking one up to review. maybe my last N3450 tablet review of the year?

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5 Comments

  1. The stylus looks the same as Voyo, Teclast, Onda. I have an Onda Obook pro 10 and the stylus is a turkey. No pressure modulation, and so patchy that it’s like writing with a ball point with the ink running out. In my experience, Adonit Pro stylus with the capacitive clear disc gets better writing accuracy. So many good things going for it: the kickstand, the ports, PD charging, bright hires screen, good battery size…..why, Chuwi? Why?

  2. According to the GB page, the keyboard is not included? But no way to order it separately, or am I missing something?

  3. Just for comparison, the Teclast X3 Plus is $209.99 at gearbest with code gbtpc55.

  4. Thanks Chris. Hopefully it runs Linux too!

    • It will, but we might have an issue with the touchpad drivers which is very common.

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