The UBook Pro is CHUW’s take on the modern Windows devices that need to juggle between different form factors to serve dozens of purposes. In this case, the Microsoft Surface Pro series is surely a strong inspiration particularly when its design is taken into consideration. CHUWI was able to pack in desktop-class hardware and software while still being able to maintain a reasonable asking price.
Here is everything that you need to know about the CHUWI UBook Pro, including its specifications, availability details, and some close alternatives.
- 2-in-1 tablet with kickstand
- 12.3-inch IPS display
- Intel Core m3 processor
- Pressure-sensitive stylus
- Detachable backlit keyboard
- Windows 10 OS
- 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
CHUWI UBook Pro: The Basics
For starters, the CHUWI UBook Pro is a full-blown computer that comes preinstalled with desktop-class Windows 10 OS. The Chinese company took inspiration from Microsoft’s Surface lineup to deploy the iconic kickstand that can unfold at up to 145 degrees. This allows you to use the tablet in the laptop mode or as a workstation where it lays nearly flat on a desk. These features are complemented by a keyboard attachment, that is backlit for being used in dark, and a bundled stylus.
CHUWI has used a 12.3-inch IPS panel that has a full HD resolution in 3:2 aspect ratio. You can use the included stylus on this display with support for 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Both the stylus and the keyboard accessory draw deep similarities with their Surface Pro counterparts. The keyboard rests at an angle for a comfortable typing position and has a trackpad built in. Amidst lack of detailed specs, UBook Pro’s marketing material shows a pair of USB Type-A ports along with a 3.5mm audio jack and possibly a USB Type-C port.
On the inside, you will find an Intel Core m3 handling all the hard work with its two cores. The processor and its GPU are capable of playing 4K content effortlessly. It comes with 8 GB of RAM and an SSD of 256 GB. You have the option to pop in a TF card to add more memory to this setup. Despite packing all this, the UBook Pro weighs just about 780 grams while staying at 9 mm thickness.
|Tablet||CHUWI UBook Pro|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Display||12.3-inch IPS (1920 x 1280)|
|Processor||Dual-core Intel Core m3 8100Y, up to 3.4 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 615|
|Storage||128 GB/256 GB SSD|
|Expandable||TF card slot|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR3|
|Ports||2x USB Type-A 3.0, 1x USB Type-C, micro HDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack|
|Security||No fingerprint scanner|
|Dimensions||9 mm thick|
Availability & Pricing
CHUWI hasn’t shared a lot of information about the tablet’s availability and pricing. From what we already know, the device will hit the market sometime in the first week of October. It is said to be priced under $500 and the stylus will come bundled with the tablet.
There is no update if you’ll be required to buy the keyboard accessory separately and what will be its price should that be the case. On a brighter side, you can register your email address with the company to get an update when the UBook Pro is available along with an exclusive 25-percent discount on its purchase.
CHUWI UBook Pro Alternatives
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (review) continues to reign over the Windows 2-in-1 market with its unique offering that also inspired this CHUWI UBook Pro. Microsoft is also planning to release the 7th generation of the tablet, so do look out for it by early October. If you can settle with a slightly smaller display, which comes handy when traveling, then the Microsoft Surface Go (review) is a fantastic option to consider.
Like the Surface Go, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 (review) is also a Windows 10 machine with a solid keyboard but is available at a lower price. For the western markets, you can also look at the HP Elite x2 G4 which comes with more powerful internals. From another Chinese brand, the Alldocube Nuvision plans to compete in a similar space with a detachable keyboard and a kickstand.
CHUWI UBook ProWith the UBook Pro, CHUWI has made some interesting design choices that have clearly drawn inspiration from the Surface Pro. The kickstand allows you to pick a comfortable viewing position while the keyboard attachment turns it into a laptop within seconds. The included stylus supporting 2048 pressure levels is good-enough for some basic tasks.
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