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 October 2016, these are my personal favorites. 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 M is the way to go.

Cube i9 (Surface Pro 4 type clone)Cube i9

The Cube i9 has a more powerful Core M3 Intel 6th gen CPU, with Intel 515 graphics and a 128GB SSD. If you apply more copper mod and thermal limits mod you can get 3D performance close to that of the iGPU Intel 520 graphics powered Surface Pro 4. The i9 also supports an optional type cover style keyboard similar to the Surface Pro 3’s type cover 3.

Best Stylus enabled Core M3 Tablet.

Cube i7 Book (Wacom Stylus)

Cube i7 BookLike the Cube i9 the i7 Book has 4GB of dual channel ram and an Intel Core M3-6Y30. But this model supports Wacom stylus’s with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity.

 Best screen & battery life Atom dual boot tablet with active stylus support

 

Chuwi Hi12 Keyboard - 1Chuwi 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.

Most practical tablet 2 in 1 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.

 

Best mini 7.9/8 inches:

Mi Pad 2 Windows

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, Windows or Android versions take your pick. The Mi Pad has a premium build that is leagues ahead of the other 8 inch tablets. Not just that, a thin 6.9mm unibody, Atom X5 Z8500 and a 2048 x1536 Apple iPad Mini 4 retina screen. But it’s also the most expensive. More on the Mi Pad 2.

Top 4:3 Retina / iPad Air clone dual boot tablet.

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The Teclast X98 Plus II Dual OS, It has a slim body, a sharp and vibrant LG IPS panel. The exact same one used by the iPads with retina displays. It also has some good custom roms for it via XDA dev’s. If your after something like an iPad that you an do much, much more on, this is the one.

  • Teclast X98 Plus Review
  • Teclast X98 Plus Hub
  • Where to buy? Banggood.com

See my Teclast X98 Air 3G review for full details.

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. Pipo
  7. Voyo / Vido
  8. Onda

Others like Ramos and ColorFly, I have yet to review, so I haven ‘t an opinion on them yet.

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

28 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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″!!

  4. 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).

  5. 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

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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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