The Chuwi SurBook Mini is a fairly inexpensive Windows tablet out of China. It looks like a Microsoft Surface 3 clone with its 10.8-inch screen, an integrated kickstand, optional keyboard cover and stylus. In fact, it seems to be a nice successor to the discontinued Surface 3 line but with nicer hardware. Chuwi is using Intels Apollo Lake N33450 processor which is much faster than an Intel Atom chipset. Here is everything you need to know about the Chuwi SurBook Mini.
Read now: My full Chuwi SurBook Mini review
- Full metal body with kickstand
- Laminated 10.8-inch full HD screen
- Intel Celeron N3450
- 4GB RAM & 64GB storage
- Optional keyboard & pen
Chuwi SurBook Mini: The Basics
The Chuwi SurBook Mini features a full metal body and an integrated kickstand. Because of that, it looks similar to Microsofts Surface style tablets. It even has fake fan slots around the top – even though the Apollo Lake chip does not need any active cooling and there are no fans build in. The build quality is pretty good and we are getting two USB 3.0 type A ports and a USB type C connector. While there are two speakers, they are located on one side only. So do not expect to get any kind of stereo feeling.
Unlike most cheaper Chinese tablets, the screen is fully laminated. So there is not gap between the IPS panel and the touchscreen. That and its brightness of 450 nit minimizes reflections. If you want, you can purchase an active pen to write on the display.
Inside the SurBook Mini runs an Intel Celeron N3450 which is a quad-core processor of Intels Apollo Lake generation. As you might expect, the performance is not as good as a Core i5 or even a Core m3. But in my tests it is much faster than a Intel Atom x5 processor. That one is build into most competitors from Acer, Lenovo, and ASUS.
|Tablet||Chuwi SurBook Mini|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Display||10.8-inch IPS with 1920 x 1280|
|Processor||Intel Celeron N3450|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 500|
|Expandable||micro SD card reader|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||USB Type C 3.0, 2 x USB 3.0 Type A|
|Dimensions||268 x 183 x 8.8 mm|
The Chuwi SurBook Mini offers quite a lot for its price. As of now, you will not find similar tablets in this price range from more famous brand. But, obviously, every tablet has competitors. If you do not care about the nice design and laminated screen, you might want to check out the Cube Mix Plus. This is a Windows tablet out of China as well. While the screen is not as nice, it offers a much faster Intel Core m3 chipset at a similar price.
Another direct competitor is the Acer Switch 3. That one is a bit bigger, the screen is a bit darker, but the Intel N4200 is actually a bit faster. While it is more expensive, it does come with a keyboard cover out of the box.
Availability & Price
You probably will not find the Chuwi SurBook Mini at your local electronics retailer. Instead you usually have to import it from China. That takes some time, but most shops export this tablet almost worldwide. Usually, you can get it at under 300 US dollars.
- Good build quality
- Laminated full HD screen
- Decent performance
- Good value
- Battery life coule be better
- Cameras almost useless
- Some Typ C cables might not work
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