In the past two years we saw many Windows tablets or 2-in-1 convertibles that had really great prices. Usually, you could find one for $200 to $250 or even less during sale events. Even though they were decent devices for basic web browsing or for watching movies, the Atom CPU inside was not suitable for most productivity tasks. It seems that those days are over, with the slightly more powerful Celeron chips replacing them.
At least, this is what Chuwi is trying to do with their latest 2-in-1, the Chuwi Hi10X tablet/laptop. It comes equipped with Intel’s Gemini Lake N4100 processor and 6GB of RAM. The CPU is a bit old, being released at the end of 2017, but it is a quad-core chipset with an integrated UHD Graphics 600. And it has a TDP of only 6W. The device has a 10.1″ FullHD screen, a metal body and two USB Type-C ports alongside an audio jack, micro-HDMI out and a microSD card reader. Sadly, you will be needing that card reader, since the Chuwi Hi10X only has 128GB of internal storage.
The Chuwi Hi10X has a keyboard dock that ads a full USB port and an optional stylus with 1024 pressure points can be purchased that will allow you to use the device better for drawing and writing. Is this a good Microsoft Surface alternative? Probably not, since the specs are inferior in almost all aspects. But Chuwi will be selling the Hi10X for just $199, which makes it a good and cheap 2-in-1 for basic tasks and web browsing. Pre-orders will begin this month at their official Aliexpress store.