Recommended Chinese Tablets & Brands

Often I get asked here and on the YouTube channel which tablet do I recommend or which is the best tablet? That’s really a hard question as it all depends on an individuals tablet needs. Any tablet that has a review here on Tech Tablets with a rating of over 8 is a decent tablet that I would recommend. But there are some that I just like more than others.

Nowadays many tablets out of China are dual boot and why not, you get two tablets in one. Windows and Android. Get bored of one OS switch over to the other. Want a notebook/netbook experience, boot into Windows and use a mouse, keyboard, printers, office 365 and maybe even play League of Legends . Want that Android game that’s not in the Windows store yet, just boot over to Android. You get the idea.

As of April 2017, these are my personal favourites. Based on my experiences with them and their value for money.

The most powerful & best at gaming with a full SSD:

If an Atom isn’t enough for your own needs, for example, you want to run Photoshop and work with multiple layers on large images. Or you want the best gaming performance. Then an Intel Core M3-7Y30 is the way to go.

Cube i7 Mix Plus (Surface Pro type clone)

The Cube Mix Plus has a more powerful Core M3 Intel 7th gen CPU, with Intel graphics and a 128GB SSD. If you do my Cube Mix Plus copper heatsink mod and increase the thermal limits mod you can get great 3D performance. The i9 also supports an optional transformer style keyboard similar to the ASUS Transformer Book series.

Best value for money stylus enabled Core M3 Tablet.

Cube i7 Book (Wacom Stylus)

Like the Cube Mix Plus it has 4GB of dual channel ram, but last years Intel Core M3-6Y30 which is still a powerful fanless chipset. And this model supports an optional Wacom stylus’s with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for $271 you’re getting a power tablet with the Surface Pro 2’s 1080p screen.

Best screen & best 3:2 ratio tablet.

Chuwi’s Hi13 comes with an Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 with 4GB of RAM. Its screen is the best so far seen in a tablet, 3000 x 2000 resolution with 500 lux max brightness, it’s the same top panel used Microsoft’s Surface Book just here it’s not fully laminated. The tablet’s performance is a nice step up from the Atom Cherry trails, but not as fast as the Core M3 tablets.

 Best battery life Atom dual boot tablet with active stylus support

 

Chuwi Hi12

The Chuwi Hi12 has a 12″ 2160 x 1440 Samsung PLS display, the same display used in the Surface Pro 3. It’s currently the best screen in a 2 in 1 Atom dual boot tablet. It also has a large 11,000 mAh battery, the largest used in an Atom tablet and has great battery life. It supports an active stylus with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, has an option plastic or metal keyboard dock with 2 x USB 2.0 ports and a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port on the tablet.

Best value for money 7.9″ retina Android only tablet:

FNF iFive Mini 4S.

Without a doubt the iFive Mini 4S, this one really surprised with a fully laminated premium 2048 x 1536 high res screen. Metal and glass build. Stock Android 6.0 bloat free ROM and decent performance for the price.

Most practical (smaller) tablet 2-in-1 Dual OS Atom:

 

Cube iwork10 Ultimate - image5Cube iWork10 Ultimate/Flagship.

This tablet has a 10.1″ 16:10 screen that isn’t a retina type panel wit ha very small gap between the glass and IPS screen. However, 1920 x 1200 at 10.1 inches isn’t bad and it looks sharp and bright. One of the better 2 in 1 Atom tablets, it runs Android 5.1 and Windows 10 Home. The iwork10 also supports a quality keyboard dock with 2 USB 2.0 ports.

Chinese tablet brands in terms of their build quality:

My own personal experience with these tablet brands, I rank them as follows in terms of build quality:

  1. Xiaomi
  2. Cube
  3. Teclast
  4. Chuwi
  5. Jumper
  6. Voyo / Vido
  7. Onda
  8. Pipo

Agree or disagree with my recommend tablets, or want to recommend your own? Please join the forum thread on recommended tablets.

51 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Arie Doppelt

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  2. Profile photo of Gwyn

    Hi, this is a great article, just what I’ve been looking for. This site is a great resource to help people take the plunge into the unknown world of companies we’ve never heard of. I’ve been wanting to buy some kind of dual boot (Windows 10 + Android) tablet that has a dockable keyboard that can be used in a similar fashion to the Surface Pro 4 (although I fully realise that what I buy won’t have the build quality of the SP4!).

    I’ve noticed that most of the dual boot ones that are out there are Android 5.1 – is there a particular reason why there are hardly any with Android 6.0+.

    Thanks.

  3. Profile photo of Athish

    Any reason/s why cube i9 is in here?
    And when will there be an stylus supportive cube i9 to buy?
    Also which of cube i9 and Chuwi 13 is better? ( would like to see a comparison video )

  4. Profile photo of Marcio Kabke Pinheiro

    Just a detail about the iWork 10 – the Flagship version (the Type C one) is being shipped with much worse RAM chips than the Ultimate. The Ultimate comes with 1600 Mhz DDR3L capable ships, and the Flagship Type C version is being shipped with 1066 Mhz DDR RAM (and if you try to change the speed in BIOS to 1600 Mhz, the tablet locks and restarts with the default BIOS settings).

    At least I think that this is true with the Z8300 Flagship Type C ones (like mine – saw a lot of post about it around), dunno if it is true to the Z8350 version. Better check if it is the case.

    • Profile photo of Marcio Kabke Pinheiro

      Found an EVEN WORSE problem with the iWork 10 Flagship Z8300 – the Type C port is USB 2.0 only. Yeah, you read that right. In fact,. the tablet don’t have a single USB 3.0 connection – the microSD port is 2.0, the microSd Card reader is 2.0, and the f***king Type C port is 2.0 wired (there is a USB 3.0 host controller in the Device Manager in Windows, but the read speeds from a USB 3.0 card reader is 24Mbps – the same combo in my desktop goes to 90Mbps).

      In Android, same numbers – which indicates that it is not a driver problem. Could be my OTG cable, albeit it is 3.0 specced, with blue conector and the additional contacts.

      Will make some more tests, but with without much hope – in the TechTablets forum other users had the same issues.

      Don’t know if the Z8350 version have the same problems – but search before buying. Felling almost ripped off.

      • Profile photo of Marcio Kabke Pinheiro

        More problems with my iWork 10 Flagship Type C – now the microSD card slot is dead, just stopped working in the middle of a file transfers and now do not recognize any card (tried with 3 different cards). Looks like a hardware problem – only once it recognized again the card, but stopped working again after 2 minutes).

        And the Type C port is a complete pile of crap – besides being USB 2.0, not 3.0, it works very badly with USB hubs, tried with an Anker hub and another generic one, and sometimes the ports are not recognized, both hubs are powered but if you connect the hub energized, the ports do not works in Android; in Windows, sometimes it works, sometimes not, and the tablet enters and exits charging mode constantly, about 1 time per second.

        Don’t buy this tablet at all costs.

  5. Profile photo of Eric

    Is i9 better than Cube Mix plus?

    • Profile photo of Chris G

      Cube Mix is faster, but I do like the larger keyboard and screen of the i9.

  6. Profile photo of Blackburn

    You only have tablets… Please add notebooks. Which is the best one you have tested?

  7. Profile photo of Chris G

    I’ve updated my list! iFive Mini 4S added and Mix Plus. Few others changed to. I’ll try to keep it more up to date.

    • Profile photo of Veaceslav

      Thank you for removing the Teclast x98 plus from the recommended list. I saw so many people burned by that purchase.

      • Profile photo of Chris G

        I was good for me, but it seemed later batches had a far share of issues. They have stopped making it anyway.

  8. Profile photo of Peter

    I am not a fan of Teclast, I got one of those x98 Air 3G’s with the faulty Processor. It’s always had all kinds of frustrating issues that I’ve never had with any of my other tablets that were half the price; the worst issue is that is will randomly die or sometimes refuse to turn on unless plugged in. The Teclast does have the best screen of all my tablets but it has far too many issues. I know I’ll never buy another product from them and I do not recommend them to anyone.

  9. Profile photo of Bunny Lam

    I don’t agree teclast is better than chuwi, chuwi is better than telcast very obvious.

    Telcast just like Samsung always roll out defective incomplete products and also bad on products QC and QA.

  10. Profile photo of Dave Gill

    i bought a tablet teclast and had it for maybe a month it stopped working. then i try contacting the company that made it for help found there is none. then i sent messeage to company i bot it at took 3 messages over 2 months before i got a resonce then i keep asking me stuppid questions like send video and pics to show then whats wrong seeing i am a tech i know whats wrong, but i sent them video on the tablet restarting over and over. this wasnt good enough they want me to post on youtube this seems very stupid to me? way i ask does a company do things this way. so i sent another few messages. it took 2 more months to get them to respond now where 5 months in to this and i give up 2 weeks after that i deside to send message this time few days laster they send back. asking same thing i sent back telling them tablet boots over and over never starting up nothing to see just tell me what i have todo to get this problem fixed. 2 weeks or more later they ask me to try downloading software to reload so i did this did not work i sent message back and again takes a month or more asking to send videos. i send back i am a tech and normally can fix anything but cant get this to run. how do i send this back to be fixed. 2 weeks they send address. i send it back 7 weeks later i have tbale working i can tell its a new or different tablet worked for a month even though i was very careful didnt even use this tablet much was to affrayed to use this knowing it would crash and give up. did lots of studies and found not 1 Chinese tablet works right and quality changes every time its made its made. if u have money to burn go for it but i dont so lost $200 on junk now looking for another tablet. now no tablet not sure when these chinese tablets will have support and quality they only want are money dont care about anything else wont buy again ever will stick with acer or hp.

  11. Profile photo of Borna Gredičak

    Where is Cube mix plus on this list? 🙂 better than i9?

  12. Profile photo of Hifihedgehog

    Do you still believe your ranking for build quality holds today or would you shift any of the companies around? Is Onda still bottom of the barrel as far as build quality is concerned?

  13. Profile photo of NL_bkk

    i have cube iwork11 and cdk02 dock keyboard + touchpad.
    My iwork11 show i8-ty hardware.
    the cdk02 can not use in win10 and android.
    pleased, help me iwork11 use cdk02 dock.

  14. Profile photo of parachufla

    I find the recommendation ipad clone misdirected.
    Teclast x98 plus II looks very good on paper, perhaps on boot, but there are too many complaints on the forum.
    Bad wifi, bad/stop working screen, stop working tactile, stop booting tablet, bad battery.
    It seems last hardware versions are having heavy problems.
    Please, consider information on the forum in order to update your recommendations. What looks good for an hour can be really bad.

    • Profile photo of Dave Gill

      truly teclast has to many problems if the quality of the hardware would be better i would pay more for this tablet i think teclast is much better but at the same time the problems i have is to much trouble. sent back once and now went do yesterday wont boot looking for tablet again sucks. dont think they will let me send back to fix seeing its been to long even though this is my second tablet from them

  15. Profile photo of Rino Adi Pratama

    need recommend 4G (or at least 3G) dual boot tablet with low price & at least using atom x5. thanks

    PS : pls add recommend to mobile connection enabled tabs too

  16. Profile photo of Bruno Ferreira

    Hi. What would be the best android tablet for gaming at around 200€? I was looking at the mi pad 2 but I’ve heard it’s not very good for gaming. I know a lot about smartphones and the best chipsets (snapdragons, mediateks, etc) but with tablets I just can’t figure out what I should be looking for. I have even looked at the mi max for using as a tablet. My main goal is to get a tablet that has the latest android possible (6, 7 is too new at the moment), has the best chipset I can get at 200€ or lower, as the largest screen at those specs mentioned before and that I could get at gearbest 😉
    Can anyone help me? My old tablet (bq edison 2) broke and I am surviving using my nexus 5, which is my daily driver, but the battery keeps running out and the screen is tiny 4.9″!!

  17. Profile photo of Amal

    Hi,
    Thank you for your great post. I was looking for this recommendation and comparison. I thing the best choice for me is Cube i9 or Cube i7, also I read about Cube iwork but some people doesn’t like its performance.

    Can you please help me with the best choice for my requirements considering a value of money?

    – Playing game via ps1/ps2 emulator and steam
    – using Photoshop most of the time with large size
    – Drawing via Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai, and Clip Paint Studio with Wacom pen pressure sensitivity
    – Writing in English Arabic and Japanese
    – I need keyboard and pen included
    – Watching Anime and Drama online on YouTube and other player (for 2 hrs. on battery mode without adapter).
    – Windows 10 is preferred, other is okay if the price will decrease.
    – Using MS Office.

    Which is the best site I can buy full package (Tablet+Keyboard+Wacom Stylus) and how much dose it cost (approx.) ?

    Thanks and best regards,
    Hope50 (Amal)

    • Profile photo of Jay

      Considering your requirements I’d definitely recommend the i7 Book (on any of the gearbest / bangood / etc. sites for around 300-350 euros, depending on the offer/day/etc.) as it’s the only one with a Wacom stylus (and it doesn’t need batteries, which is a massive plus if you use it a lot like me).

      I would strongly recommend doing the themal mod on it though (slapping a good 0.5mm Arctic thermal pad on the heatsink is enough really), specially if you’re going to be gaming on it.

      The Atom tablets aren’t really an option with Photoshop and rather limited for gaming, but are considerably cheaper (as always, you get what you pay for).

  18. Profile photo of miwaasa

    I’m interested in another dual boot, but I can’t find any information regarding partition sizes. Do all these tablets have the same Android sized partition, or do some have a larger one? 8Gb is too small for my needs. Anyone have an answer? Thanks

  19. Profile photo of nobodypanic

    I think these tablets have a lot of potential. but the support for them from what I see is horrible (and from what I have experienced with Chuwi). The quality might seem good but all they really need to do is put a bit more of an effort into helping their customers trouble shoot issues. (or even respond to customers, chuwi seems to ignore tickets opened on their support page).

  20. Profile photo of Ran

    hey chris i wonder why you never review the huawei tablets they have really good one
    too like mate book?

    • Profile photo of Chris G

      Price really, bit too expensive and I like to cover tech others don’t.

  21. Profile photo of Ekak Hardianto

    And how about the desing, Can you rank which one is more advance design? I though that chuwi is more elegant than the others

    • Profile photo of Chris G

      Yeah Chuwi design wise is a little better. Especially the fully laminated HiBook Pro due to it’s amazing screen. But none of them have Surface pro level stand out designs, not at their price.

  22. Profile photo of Kina

    Hey Chris! The link for the CUBE i7 BOOK (More info and news) here on this ‘Recommended Tablets (UPDATED)’ goes to the ‘iWork 10 Ultimate’ review page by mistake. ( http://techtablets.com/cube-iwork10-ultimate/ ) Just an fyi. 🙂

    • Profile photo of Kina

      Also, the link for the just plain ‘review’ of the same device is broken/not showing as a link.

      P.S. You are awesome 😀 Thank you for what you do.

  23. Profile photo of Ugi

    So what’s the best 8 inch tablet with 16:9 or 16:10 screen ratio?
    I’m looking for a small tablet for media consumption, so the important features are screen quality, usb/wifi/storage speeds, and battery life. Rootable android would also be great.
    It looks like it’s down to the Chuwi Hi8 Pro or Onda V80 Plus, but both have some issues…
    Thx.

    • Profile photo of Chris G

      Cube iwork8 ultimate or the Teclast X80 Power (new batches)

      • Profile photo of Ugi

        1. Do you mean the iwork8 Air? The Ultimate is only 1280×800 px.
        2. How can I tell which batch is it for the x80? Did they fix the brightness and wifi issues?
        Thx!!

        • Profile photo of Dankex

          What about some 3G 8″ tablets? You seem to have been doing quite a good research, so can I have your opinion on this?

  24. Profile photo of B.Wade

    HI, I’m amazed that nobody mentions the fact that Cube provides absolutely NO ENGLISH BACKUP for their products. I had a Cube i10 which crashed (wouldn’t boot after four months) and now I have a Cube iWork 10 Flagship which will only boot into the bios (three months old). Both times I have written to Cube support asking for help and both times I have had the same reply – “:When we got the English firmware for your model, we will release it on our website soon”. I have looked everywhere and can’t find the drivers I need to reinstall Windows and Android. Yes, the Cube products are great when they are working, but what use is that when you get no support if they break down which , from the many complaints that I’ve read, is pretty often. Of course, in my experience, once the Chinese sellers have your money, they are no longer interested in you, and of no help at all.
    If anyone can help with these drivers and how to install them, I would be extremely grateful. Barry Wade

  25. Profile photo of Andrew

    Ive been really dissapointed with the cube iwork12 i have had 2 in the last month both graphics failing 2 dead screens while i agree (while they where working) the cube touch screen was better and more fluid than my replacement Tab (chuwi Hi12) the resoultion on the Hi12 is better viewing and the Pen is a bouns for photo editing i do miss the kickstand and keyboard style of the Cube the Hi12 Metal one is quite heavy.
    So Far the Hi12 is great seem to have a good one, Wifi is a little less powerful that the Cube, Battery life however is a lot better on the Hi12.

  26. Profile photo of Shirley Birkbeck

    After reading many reviews on this site I decided to purchase a cube iwork10 ultimate. Thanks to this site I found a 20 % off coupon at bangood. It worked so got $49 off. Thanks so much everyone. I can’t wait to get my tablet.

  27. Profile photo of Veaceslav

    The information about Teclast x98 Plus II is not accurate. The are NO custom roms available for it. Only root and that’s pretty much it.

  28. Profile photo of Mauro

    Hi Chris.

    This list is good, but what I’m searching is a bit different (and maybe a good entry for to the list): what is the most powerful dual boot Win10 + Android tablet?

    Basically I want to buy a tablet that I’ll use with Android for “everyday use” and maybe a few Android games, then sometime boot in Windows to play windows games.

    I’m not planning to play any 3D FPS games, just indie, strategics, old RPG, still I’d love to buy the most powerful tablet out there, while still being able to use Android…or, maybe, some Android compatible OS?

    Thx 🙂

  29. Profile photo of TecnoFury

    Hola! Saludos desde Chile!

    Muchas gracias por este post, me sirve para poder elegir de manera más Inteligente una tablet dual os, me llamo la atención la imitación de la surface 4, no la conocía, se agradece mucho!

  30. Profile photo of Mario Rodriguez Maroto

    Hi Chris,

    I’m looking forward for a Dual OS new Tablet.
    This is the list I’m managing and I don’t have too much info about new Teclast tablets:

    Same Memory and processors :
    Teclast Tbook 16S – 11,6″ – Stylus – 9300mAh – 1920*1080 – 774g
    Teclast Tbook 16 Pro – 11,6″ – Stylus – 7200mAh – 1920*1080 – 774g
    CHUWI HiBook Pro – 10″ – 8000mAh – 2560*1600 – 550g
    Chuwi Hi12 – 12″ – Stylus – 11000mAh – 2160 x 1440 – 852g
    Cube iWork12 – 12″ – Stylus – 9000mAh – 1920*1200 – 950g

    The tablet is for multimedia use and casual office stuffs (mail, office, Photoshop for camera pictures)
    Stylus support is a valuable option but not crucial, portability is important because big or heavy tablet may be is not practical, but I didn’t have one of this size.
    Seeing your review about CHUWI HiBook Pro I think it is a very good option because the screen and resolution and weight, but I’m also love the Multi-position kickstand of the Surface pro (Teclast Tbook 16S) and very slim design of Teclast Tbook 16 Pro.

    Any tablet is good for me but the big difference is related with the screen. How is the important is for you to have a 2K screen instead an standard 1920*1080 ? Are there more differences that you consider important to choice one of them ? CPU temperature or similar …

    Your input would be appreciated

    Mario

  31. Profile photo of Steve Schubert

    Hey, great site. Bought 3 cubes iWork 10s based on researching the web and you’re by far the biggest help. So far so good all working well. Just wondered if you’ve heard of ifive pro as a family member wanted a 9.7 display and I like some of the specs on it. Thanks again
    Btw hows a kiwi end up in Spain selling China😉. Have a great wend

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