The latest cheap Android iPad clone might not actually be that bad

First announced last week, Chuwi’s Hi9 Air might just be a new contender for the best cheap Android tablet around, and it’s packing some pretty impressive specs.

With the upper end of the tablet market continuously dominated by Apple’s iPad, Android tablets have found more of a home at the budget end.

We’ll have to test out Chuwi’s Hi9 Air tablet before jumping to any conclusions, but it’s packed with more horsepower than we’d normally expect from a cheap and cheerful Android tablet.

The headline feature here is that it will come with Android Oreo out of the box when it releases in mid April. It’s got a Mediatek Helio X20 10-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.

Better still, all of this power is being used to drive a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, which isn’t too shabby at all. The battery has a respectable 8000mAh of capacity.

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So will this be enough to take on the iPad?

If Chuwi gets the price right then it might just be able to undercut it. Android still isn’t quite at the point where it can outpace iOS at the premium end of the spectrum, but there’s no reason why it can’t find a home on a more affordably priced tablet.

We’re awaiting the Hi9’s price announcement with bated breath.

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