Chuwi Ubook 2-In-1 Core M3 Tablet Kickstarter

Chuwi Ubook 2-In-1 Core M3 Tablet Kickstarter

Update 20th Feb: Due to Chuwi reaching one of their crowdfunded goals the Ubook’s type-cover style keyboard has been upgraded to a wider backlit keyboard with 15-20% larger keys. So it has a narrow bezel and better travel on the keys however the touchpad looks a bit shorter now.  You can see the difference below from the old design to the new improved one. Not only that the new keyboard will have leather on the back and high-quality materials.

The Ubook is a Core M3-6Y30 2-in-1 tablet from Chuwi with 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. You can find the Kickstart campaign here. The tablet should start shipping out in April.

The Kickstarter is now live, first orders get the laptops with keyboard and stylus for $349 (8GB 128GB SSD version) It’s due to ship in April.

Chuwi’s latest tablet is coming via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and it’s called the Ubook. It’s the successor you could say to the Chuwi Surbook with a more powerful Core M3 chipset.  But it’s running a 6th gen Core M3-6Y30 which isn’t exactly the newest, no native VP9 or HEVC decoding, but yes it’s much more powerful than the Apollo Lake N3450 in the Surbook and it has more RAM, 8GB. It will also have 128GB to 1TB of 2280 of M.2 SSD storage and upgradeable to the user via a hatch.

The tablet has stylus support with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a 150 degree U kickstand where the tablet gets the name. It supports a type-cover style keyboard that’s backlit and the screen is 11.6″ 1080p IPS fully laminated.

Other specs include:

  • USB 3.0 x 2
  • Micro HDMI
  • Type-C port (unknown spec)
  • D/C charging
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 9mm thin
  • MicroSD slot
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Intel Wireless AC
  • 760 grams weight
  • 30.4 Wh battery

It looks all very well, but I really wish it had a Core M3-8100Y the newer 8th gen chip. But the price does seem good, $349 USD with the keyboard and stylus for early backers. Is 14nm stock from Intel so bad Chuwi has to go with old CPU’s?

More info here: Chuwi Ubook official page

 

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20 Comments

  1. Looks like they have corrected a few things from their last kickstarter i.e bigger storage and backlit keyboard lets hope there arent all the delays like last time, think I will wait until the next gen chips are available, I am curious on how good that new keyboard will be.

  2. Chris have you’r Xiaomi SE drone shipped?
    when do you expect a review of that?

    • Not yet it looks like the end of the month for shipping for the Fimi SE. If it doesn’t ship soon I’ll have to cancel it and some other pre-order items like the Teclast X6 Pro. I have far too much money in limbo with pre-orders (Over $1000) that haven’t shipped and with the cost of attending MWC this year I’m going to need it.

      • I don’t see adverts in your videos .So,how do you manage to continue all this wonderful work ?

  3. Be careful I just removed 5 fake comments about people talking it up how wonderful it is and they got it already from Chuwi. Clearly paid for fake positive comments from Chuwi! Not on and not on my website!

    You have been warned whoever you are working for Chuwi spreading fake comments.

  4. 6gen cpu. Probably Intel will have the CPU supply issues sorted by the end of 2019.

    MSI CEO
    “We focus in on the high-end products and we get the priority of the CPU supply,” Chiang told us. “Intel tells everybody they have a priority to supply [high-end chips]. [They say] ‘let’s start at data center first, mobile second, desktop last.’ And then they got the higher i9, i7 processor H processor, then it’s U and then it’s desktop.”

    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/msi-ceo-interview-intel-shortage-amd,38473.html

    • I can confirm I have seen Intel is extending their plant south of Phoenix, to deal with the processor shortage. Judging by the looks of the construction works, it seem like they can well be finished by mid 2019

  5. I also have the thinker i35. It’s the best in monetary value laptop I’ve ever bought.
    I see a lot of Chinese OEMs moving away from 3:2 to 16:9 which is a shame.
    I wont be buying anything If it isnt an improvement of the i35.

    • i bought 2x Thinker i35, one for me other for my Dad as gift. my unit sadly flickers screen at angles 90-130 and the keyboard feels a lil bit clicky and unstable.. but for sure a LUXURIOUS screen. feels so premium. i guess updating mine would be only for a newer Microsoft surface and NOT YET Chuwi or Teclast units. maybe the Teclast f5 with benefit of lightweight. still waiting for a good touch screen laptop with core M quality!

  6. I am not Chris but here’s my opinion on the matter. I also own the Alldicube Thinker i35. The screen is not just “still pretty impressive”, it is exemplary! There is no other IPS panel out there on a sub 1000 sollars laptop or tablet that will give you the same kind of visual quality. The quality is upthere with the surface lineup and the Ipad pros. With that in mind, I would never suggest you to replace your thinker with this Chuwi Ubook. It has a worse SoC, way worse screen and a garbage trackpad. How do I know? Well, wait and see the review when it will be out… Yes, it might be a tablet, but honestly, ask yourself, how often do you use a tablet? How practical is it to use a windows tablet? Laptop is the most logical way to go when comparing a windows tablet and a laptop. Considering all these and the fact that you don’t have to choose between buying a tablet and a laptop, but you already have the better option and you are thinking of spending extra money on the worse one, I tell you again, please DON’T! You want something tabletlike? Get a convertible laptop, but I guarantee you, the screen will be nothing like the thinker. In other words, the thinker is plenty for now. On the other hand If a Ryzen 3 or 5 chinese convertible laptop is created by a Chinese manufacturer, it’ll be a dream come true. I long to see a vega 8 graphics gpu on a chinese convertible laptop. Portable gaming like never before! Anyways. you are torn, but I tell you not to, there’s no substantial reason to be. Keep calm and thinker away 😉

    • Yes, that display is a stunner in the Thinker i35 with it’s MS Surface Book screen. It will make this 11.6″ seem poor. I’m still holding out for a new Thinker i35 model with Core M3-8100Y, 8GB, 256GB, and improved backlit keyboard.

      I also want to see those AMD APU’s out there but still nothing. These MFGs it seems are forced to run with Intel CPU’s or face even more expensive Windows 10 licensing.

  7. display aspect ratio?
    3:2 or 16:9 ?

    • Looks like 16:9 unfortunately. The previous gen chip I could live with, but not without a 3:2 screen.

  8. If they went with N4100 instead, I won’t have any doubt to throw a cash. It has hardware decoding for VP9 and HEVC, which is much more important than performance (N4100 is no slouch either actually, it performs better than 6Y30 in multi core, with only slight decrease in the single core and GPU, according to cpu.userbenchmark.com) for ultraportable like this.

    • When you open up the TDP on the Core M3’s they run even better, but that all depends on the thermals if they permit this.

  9. Well, what drawbacks / flaws / built risks would you with your experience expect cause you did not mention any except that bit outdated processor?

    In that kickstarter package everything seems to fit from 8 GB to 128 GB SSD & higher and pen and even backlit keyboard.
    I currently still have that Thinker i35 with that great Surface panel which is still pretty impressive.

    At least for a long time this package of a tablet keyboard combo seems to fit for that particular price tag in the campaign.
    Would you go for it or just hesitate a bit and see what they will deliver in the end?

    I am torn cause I am hesitating after the ups and downs I had seen in Jumper’s evolution of the EZBook 3 Pro from V3 to V6 and the even newer models and I have no experience what chuwi delivers for the money except a disappointing Hi Pro tablet for 120€ where I even forgot the modelname so worse it had been.
    THANKS

    • It’s hard to say really without seeing it and using it. But based on experience 11.6″ I find a little too small. The build in the images looks decent enough. OGS 11.6″ 1080p, larger bezels, maybe weak speakers and poor webcam (The usual suspects)

      The keyboard to me looks like ones I’ve seen before, okay keyboard, but small poor touchpad. The price tag of $349 for tablet, stylus, and keyboard does seem reasonable.

      I’m holding out as mentioned above for a new Thinker i35 or someone like Chuwi or Teclast with that newer ODM to use that same 13.5″ touch screen with a Core M3-8100Y, 8GB RAM and 2280 SSD.

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