Chinese device maker Chiw recently launched a 13.5 inch tablet with a Microsoft with a Microsoft Surface Book-like display and a 12.3 inch laptop with a Surface Pro 4-like screen. So what’s next? How about two new tablets with distinctly Surface Pro-like designs.
Spotted by Notebook Italia at the Hong Kong Global Sources Fair, the Chuwi SurBook and SurBook mini certainly look like they fit on the Microsoft Surface family tree. But these two new tablets are likely to be a lot cheaper than Microsoft’s tablets… and less powerful too.
The larger tablet has a 12.3 inch, 2736 x 1824 pixel display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, just like the Surface Pro 4. And it has a built-in kickstand, designed to prop up the tablet when you’re using it with a keyboard, just like every Surface tablet released to date.
But while Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 tablets feature Core M or Core i chips, the Chuwi SurBook is powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 quad-core Apollo Lake processor. That should make it both cheaper and slower than a Surface Pro.
The good news is that it has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but the SurBook has eMMC 5.0 storage, which is slower than the PCIe storage Microsoft uses.
Other features for the 12.3 inch model include a microSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, a USB Type-C port, mini HDMI port, 3.5mm headset jack, full-sized USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.