Best Chinese Tablets for 2017
Are you interested in buying an Android tablet from China?
Are you interested in a 2017 Chinese Android tablet, but not sure what to buy?
If your answer to this question is yes, then I will hopefully be able to help you with the advice I provide on this hub.
I have been involved in reviewing hand-held devices, including tablets for many years. I have therefore decided to create this hub to make it easier to understand the specifications and the possible pitfalls to look out for. This hub primarily focuses on Chinese produced tablets. I will be providing advice and list my favorites, as well as, allow you to leave me your questions to assist you further.
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Notice: The April 2017 Edition is available on this page.
April 2017 Edition
April 2017 Edition - a New Budget 10.1 Tablet from Lenovo!
This month I am reviewing a budget Lenovo tablet that has been very well received.The Lenovo TAB-X103F tablet is my choice for this month. It is a budget tablet playing in the big league. It was released in November 2016 in time for Black Friday. The reason this tablet is so popular, is the fact that it is probably the cheapest 10.1 inch tablet from one of the most reputable technology companies. I was very impressed with how sturdy the tablet felt. It compared well with the latest Samsung tablets. Some of the other specifications worth mentioning are the following. It has a very good Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core APQ8009 processor. The 16 GB storage is quite good for such a cheap tablet. It has a built-in kid’s mode. The battery usage is quite good at about 10 hours run time on a full charge. Overall this tablet is quite good value for money if you are looking for budget tablet with high end specifications.
You can look further down on this hub at the rest of my selection for April 2017.
April 2017 Budget Lenovo 10.1 inch tablet
Screen Size: 10.1 inches
Max Screen Resolution: Full HD (1280 x 800) Display
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core APQ8009 processor
Onboard Memory: 1 GB RAM Memory
Storage: 16 GB
Average Battery Life (in hours): 10 hours
Holiday 2016/2017 Edition
Holiday Edition - a New Ice Cool Tablet from Lenovo!
Autumn / Winter has arrived and with a fresh climate being experienced in nature, I thought it might be a good idea to look at some new innovations on the tablet front. Lenovo has released an updated version to their very popular Yoga range. The Yoga range became popular due to the addition of a balance extention that provided various positions to place the tablet, making it easier to read or watch content on the screen. Lenovo has now released their latest Yoga tablet, the Yoga 3. The Yoga has got all the placement settings of previous models, as well as a new setting that allows for the tablet to hang. The tablet specifications have also been updated with the most impressive specification, the 18 hour battery life, as well as a 180 degree rotatable 8 MP camera.
The Yoga 3 has got a crisp and clear HD display, which I found perfect for browsing the web, reading my e-books, as well as, playing my favorite game, Clash of Clans!
Overall I've been extremely impressed with this tablet. You can read more about the specifications lower down on this hub.
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April 2017 Edition
What is Android?
Many people, including some companies and sales assistants use the word Android, without actually knowing what they are talking about. See below some important facts about Android:
- It is an operating system, based on the Linux operating system.
- The design of it was funded by the Google Corporation.
- It has been taking the market by storm.
- It is giving Apple's iOS operating system a run for their money.
- It is primarily geared towards devices which range from phones to tv set top boxes.
- Every version is named after a favorite dessert or sweet. e.g Ice Cream Sandwich, Lollipop, KitKat etc.
- There is a big community of Android developers using various tools to develop Android Apps.
- Some of the tools currently in use to develop Android Applications are the following: Android Studio, Eclipse with the Android SDK, Visual studio using Xamarin.
Why do I like Android devices?
This is a question that you may also have, if you are reading my hub. So, let me explain where my love for tablets come from. There are so many improvements that has come about, as a result of the investment in hand-held devices. See my list below:
- Hand-held devices are starting to play an increasingly important role in the area of medicine.
- Hand-held reading devices has made it possible for many people to be introduced to educational books and classic stories that they would not have had exposure to previously.
- Hand-held devices are used in day to day outdoor jobs, bringing the office to a place where it would have been impossible in the past.
- These devices, with the help of the Android operating system, are able to assist one in tracking exercises and fitness levels.
- it has made the world of the GPS accessible to the man in the street.
My April 2017 Edition Selection
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 10 HD 10.1 Inch 16 GB Tablet
Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 7-Inch Tablet
Google Nexus 9 Tablet
My Number One for April 2017 - Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 10 HD 10.1 Inch 16 Tablet
My number one pick for this edition is the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 10 HD 10.1 Inch 16 GB Tablet , featuring an unbelievable 18 hours battery life. What makes this tablet unique are the multiple usage modes: Hold, Tilt, Hang and Stand. So "hands-free" got a new meaning when it comes to the Lenovo Yoga.
You can read the full review higher up in this article in Holiday 2016 / 2017 section.
My Number Two for April 2017 Edition - Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 Tablet
The number two for this edition is the Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 7-Inch Tablet. It is a very affordable tablet that provides quality that you would rather expect from a more expensive device.
Short and Sweet, Good value for money.
For the number two of this month, I've decided to focus on quality and affordability. My candidate for this month is the Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 7-Inch Tablet. My boy has just bought himself this tablet, from his Birthday savings. I've fallen absolutely in love with Lenovo products. (I am typing this months edition on my Lenovo Laptop!) Lenovo quality is still on the up. Their tablets really feel good when you handle it. It is sturdy and solid, with no plastic feel to it. Since the Yoga range of tablets have shown Lenovo's intention to play with the big boys in the tablet market, consumers have been anxiously awaiting for every newly released tablet.
So let us focus on this affordable beauty!
The Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 has been designed to ensure it is easy to use and hold and not too heavy. It is very thin and has already build up a reputation for the quality of its sound. (Dolby) It has got a very fast Quad Core processor and is running on Android 5. The high resolution display is outstanding for a tablet in this price range.(Under $100).
Another feather in its cap is a quoted average battery life of 8 hours. This is really quite good. The on-board 8 GB storage and 1 GB RAM are also very good for this price range.
Overall this tablet is really something to consider, if you are in the market for an affordable quality device, hence I am listing this tablet in my top 3 for this month.
My Number Three for April 2017 - Google Nexus 9 Tablet
The number three for this edition is the Google Nexus 9 Tablet. It sports some impressive functionality and it has made its mark as one of the most popular, Android 5 (Lollipop) tablets currently available.
What is the latest popular tablet from HTC?
For number three of this month, I am having a fresh look at another player in the Android tablet arena. In this edition I will have a quick look at one of the most popular Android tablets that has been making some serious waves. The tablet is produced by the well known technology manufacturer HTC. You might be thinking that HTC is not Chinese, but to set the record straight, the company is based in Taiwan. So it is not on the mainland, but the brand has its origins in the Orient.
So let me introduce the number three of this month! For number three, I am focusing on the Google Nexus 9 Tablet, manufactured by HTC.
The important thing about the Nexus 9 is the size. It has been designed at 8.9 inches to ensure you have a device that is not too big for general use, but also not too small to be practical as an e-book reader, video screen or general work device. The back of the tablet is furthermore fitted with a soft grip to make it easier to hold. It has also been designed to be not too heavy. The overall tablet design is sturdy and it does not come across as being flimsy or plastic.
This tablet is also one of the first Android Lollipop devices on the market.
The tablet sports the latest in tablet audio capabilities, fitted with the latest HTC Boomsound speakers.
A lot of effort went into ensuring the device is responsive under heavy load and it has been fitted with a 64 bit processor. It has 16 GB on board storage and 2 GB RAM.
It has also been fitted with an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.6 MP front camera.
It is important to note that Nexus tablets don't have SD card slots, so this is something to keep in mind if you wanted to store lots of files on your device.
All in all I have been bowled over by this device, in all areas. It is real quality!
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What are the most Important Features that you should be looking out for? - See if these answer some of your questions.
Are you uncertain as to what specifications are crucial to review, when buying a tablet? If the answer is yes, then the below summarized information will be of help.
Selecting a tablet with a good screen is critical. Look out for the following words, multi-touch, capacitive, IPS. Steer clear if resistive or tft is mentioned.
- Weight and Size
Remember that a tablet is a hand held device, so it is important to look at the weight. If you look at a 7 inch model then you should not be going for anything heavier than 600g. Tablets bigger than 9.7 inch should not be heavier than 750g.
- Battery Life
Battery strength from 5000 mAh upwards is desired.
Early to Mid Year Edition 2016
Welcome to a new year with new exciting technologies to look forward to. As usual the year kicked off with the big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from 6 to 9 January. For this short edition I will quickly focus on the latest tablet from Huawei announced at the show.
Huawei announced the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 at the show, which from all reports is going to be very popular. The features which have caught my eye are the following: This tablet has got 4 speakers which is a first for a tablet. There is enhanced security with a new generation fingerprint scanner that will ensure your information is kept secure. The tablet comes with a stylus that complements the new enhanced touch screen. The premium edition of the tablet has 64 GB on board memory which is going to be very handy. The tablet has got quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex A53 CPU which provides ample processing power. The weight for such a big tablet is also quite good as it only weighs 500 grams. The 10.1 inch IPS screen is of exceptional quality with images looking crisp and clear. Both cameras on the tablet 13 MP and 5 MP take quality shots. The battery life is reported to be also very good. The tablet is only 7.35 mm thin with a sturdy metallic casing. Overall this tablet is very good quality and will be worth every penny spend on it. The price will be in the 400 EUR price group.
January / February 2015 Edition: ASUS a Taiwanese manufacturer, but still Chinese.
With the dawn of 2015 and the 2015 International CES Exibition in Las Vegas a thing of the past, I've decided to extend the focus of this hub including reviews of Taiwanese manufactured tablets. The Taiwanese technology industry has had a head start over their mainland cousins and has definitely got a more developed after care and support infrastructure.
This month I've decided to focus on the ASUS Corporation and especially on the 16 GB, 7 inch ASUS MeMO Pad. The exact model number is ME170CX. This tablet is one of the few 16 GB, Intel dual core tablets available for under $100.
One of the main features of this 7 inch tablet is its compact design at 4.3 inch wide, allowing for easy storage in handbags or satchels. It only weighs 0.63 pounds!
The ME170CX also sports a new ASUS designed Android Launcher called ZenUI that has been quite popular. ZenUI has been designed to embrace intuitive usage and ensures that the most important applications are at your fingertips.
With 16 GB storage and 64 GB extension capabilities, there is enough room for many photos and documents on this tablet. I've been quite impressed with the new camera technology on this tablet that even caters for a "selfie" mode. The 1.2 GHz ME170CX is one of the entry level models, with the top of the range 8 inch model ME181C, sporting a Quad Core processor.
There has been some very positive verified customer reviews of this tablet and I therefore feel quite comfortable to also add my voice to the choir praise singers of this very well designed tablet.
Please check further down on this hub for more info about this tablet.
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December Holiday 2014 Edition: Looking for a budget tablet as a Christmas present?
Christmas 2014 is upon us and most of us are busy finalizing our gift lists. Black Friday has come and gone and the stats show an 11% drop in sales this year. Most first world economies are struggling and consumers are really making doubly sure that they get the best price for what they are buying. This is no different when it comes to tablets. As the Chinese technology has matured further in 2014, I've decided to have a quick look at budget tablets from China, that will make good gifts for this Christmas season.
My first choice as a value for money tablet is the iRulu 7 inch tablet. This tablet has got a 4 star review from Amazon customers and has got a very good price for the functionality available. See below for some of the functionality:
- CPU Processor: Allwinner A23 (2x1.5GHZ)
- Operating System:Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Resolution: 800*480
- RAM: 512 MB DDR3
- Storage:16 GB
- Battery: 3.7V 3000mAh
Please see further below for more details about this tablet.
For the first time in quite some time I am including an a tablet exclusively for kids as well, namely the iRulu Y1 Kids Dual Core Google Android Tablet. This is tablet has specifically designed with kids in mind and comes with some pre installed Android applications for kids. Please see below a summary of some of the features:
- CPU Processor: Dual Core 1.2 GHz
- Operating System: Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Resolution: 800*480
- RAM: 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage:16 GB
- Battery: 2400 mAh
Please see further below for more details about this tablet.
You can read further on this page about my Top 5 selection for December 2014. Please leave questions and comments at the bottom of this page. Enjoy this months information and may you have a blessed Holiday.
November 2014 Edition: Is the 7 inch Chuwi VX3 any good?
This month, we are having a quick look at the 7 inch Chuwi VX3. See below a quick summary to facilitate the detail I provide further down:
- CPU: MTK6592, 28NM Cortex A7, Octa Core 1.7 Ghz
- Operating System: Android 4.4.2
- Memory: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB
- Screen: 7.0 inch IPS capacitive touch screen(5-point)
- Screen resolution: 1920 x 1200 Pixel
- Camera: camera: 2.0 Mps and Back camera: 8.0 Mps
- Battery: 1 Li-polymer 3.7V / 3000mAh battery
- Weight: 256g
The Chuwi VX3 is also one of the new generation Octa-Core devices coming from the east. It is fitted with a Mediatek MTK6592, 28NM Cortex A7 octa core processor, that provides light speed performance. It has got only 16 GB on board storage, which in my opinion is too little if you are planning to make full use of the Android App store. Ideally 32 GB, would have been more desired. The 2 GB RAM is definitely enough for normal usage. The general opinion is that the 8 Mps back camera and 2 Mps front camera are sufficient for normal use. There has been some complaints however about the 3.7V / 3000mAh battery that doesn't offer the same level of battery life than what the opposition manufacturers offer. The Chuwi is loaded with the latest Android KitKat (4.4.2).
All in all, the Chuwi VX3 have got very good display, good performance and the latest operating system, it however has got an average battery life, which is something that any prospective purchaser, must keep in mind.
You can review my top picks for November 2014 lower down on this Hub.
October 2014 Edition: Short Review of the Xiaomi MiPad
The month of October is upon us. This month I am briefly focusing on the Xiaomi MiPad tablet which had quite an impact, when it was released in July. Xiaomi is known as the "The Apple of China" and its first tablet to be released, do resemble the iPad quite closely. This astonishingly as it may seem, have actually worked in Xiaomi's favor. Their products, especially mobile phones are very popular due to the quality and price. So without further a do, let us have a look at the 7.9 inch MiPad. The outer casing feels sturdy, although it does have a "plastic" look. This however does not distract too much, from the actual power hidden inside!
This tablet is packed with quality specifications. It is the first mobile device to sport the new Tegra K1 chip-set, rated the fastest for mobile computing.The Quad core processor deliver processing speeds up to 2.2 GHz, which is enough for a frustrating free user experience. It is loaded with the latest Android 4.4 or commonly called Kitkat. The 6700 mAh battery does provide good usage life. Storage can be extended to 128 GB, enough for a lot of music and movies. It also has an 8 MP back camera and a 5 MP front camera. Overall the Xiaomi MiPad is a good example of the cutting edge technology currently available in China.
September 2014 Edition: The Octa Core Processor is the Flavor of the Month.
September is here and this month, I will have a brief look at the new Octa Core PiPO T9 which features the Mediatek MTK 65892 Cortex A7, 1.7GHz, Octa-core processor. This Processor provides the necessary processing power to allow for a great user experience. The T9 has been fitted with two cameras, a 13 MP auto-focus camera at the back of the device and a 2 MP camera at the front. The guys at PiPO has also put a powerful battery (7300 mAh) in this 8.9 inch device. So all in all, this item is definitely one that you should be looking out for. From a popularity point of view, PiPO is pipping (no pun intended) Lenovo at the moment. The new sporty Foneso tablets have also been quite popular.
Each month, I create a list of my top four favorite tablets, which you can read about further down this Hub.
More Chinese Tablet Reviews
Compare the new Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50 8-Inch with the ASUS MeMO Pad ME181C-A1-BK 8-Inch.
Comparison:Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50 8-Inch vs. ASUS MeMO Pad ME181C
Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50
ASUS MeMO Pad ME181C
MediaTek MTK 8121 1.3 GHz
Intel Atom quad-core processor 1.33 GHz
Intel HD Graphics
Android 4.4 KitKat
Internal storage capacity
microSD(TF) up to 32GB
microSD (TF) up to 64 GB
8 inch Capacitive 1200 x 800
8 inch Capacitive IPS 1280x800
Battery / Run Time (up to)
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