In two advertorial posts — revealed only because they use the same images and words, otherwise not disclosed as such — there’s a new model of the Chuwi V88 forthcoming [Google English and Google English].
This one has a slimmer and rounder design and a distinctive titanium back color described as “Ice Green.”
What are the differences between it and the original Chuwi V88?
Here are the specs of the original revised to reflect the new model:
201mm x 136.6mm x
7.2mm 6.9mm, 305g, Rockchip 3188 Cortex A9 quad-core CPU at 1.8GHz, Mali-400MP4 533MHz GPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 8/16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OnTheGo, microHDMI-out, microSD slot up to 32GB, cameras 2MP front and 5MP back, claims to have Bluetooth.
Weight remains the same as presumably — but not officially — do height and width. Only the depth has changed. The battery remains 5,000mAh. And there will seemingly be just one model, with 16GBs of storage.
What’s significant is the new rounded design, forgoing the sharp edges of the original model:
Also new is the black fascia, where the original was white:
Bit of missed opportunity there. Chuwi didn’t show the initiative to create a front plate with a color to match the ice green of the titanium back. That would have made it stand out more in the market and made it instantly recognizable to others from a distance.
Technically speaking, there’s also been a change in the way the screen and glass are fashioned, but this detail goes beyond the comprehensibility of Google Translate. It’s likely the G+G — glass and glass — process competing tablets have touted.
One thing that creates worry: The back again seems to be solid metal, with no plastic “vent” to assist WiFi/Bluetooth radio reception. Let’s hope Chuwi has found some new way to improve radio functionality.
Oddly, there was no mention of MultiWindow Android — or even Android 4.2.2 — in this tablet. Chuwi needs to coordinate its pimping better.
Anyone who’s been interested in the Chuwi V88 should probably wait for this new model to go on sale before buying. The new design might mean the microSD card will sit flush in its slot! It’s unknown if this will replace the V88 or be a Special Edition of it. Either way, the new color and design makes me want it over the original.
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