If you’re looking for the best that Android and Windows have to offer rolled into one tablet, one of these dual boot tablets from China might be just what you need. Chinese electronics manufacturers have made some impressive products recently, making consumers worldwide stand up and take notice. Some of the best tablets and dual boot tablets of the last few years, and at better prices than name brand options. These five tablets from Teclast, Chuwi, and Onda offer booting options in Android or Windows 10, for those who really need a mobile office without the hassle of a laptop, all for around $200 or less.
Chinese Dual Boot Tablets Around $100
Chuwi Hi8 8-Inch Full HD Tablet – Around $90
The Hi8 from Chuwi boasts many impressive features such as HD in a 1920 x 1200 resolution, far better than 1080p for gaming, a .3-megapixel camera with flash, and superior connectivity with an HDMI port, micro USB, Bluetooth 4.o and miracast.
The hard drive is partitioned for Windows 8.1 (with an available update to Windows 10) and Android 4.4 KitKat. With the Chuwi HI8, the Windows 8.1 includes a license of Office 365, which could turn your tablet into a laptop with a few additional accessories. This descendant of the Chuwi Vi8 was designed with more pleasing aesthetics, a finished metal bezel and more durable and resilient plastic for easier holding.
The Chuwi Hi8’s specifications are as follows:
IPS Panel MagicColor 8-inch screen with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution
Intel quad-core Z3736F 1.33-2,16Ghz processor
Intel HD / 313 MHz-646 MHz GPU
2 GB DDR3L RAM
32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB with Micro-SD
2-megapixel rear camera – no flash
0.3-megapixel front camera with flash
USB 2.0 OTG
3.5 mm headphone output
Android 4.4 KitKat and Windows 8.1 Operating Systems
JPEG, BMP, and PNG image format compatibility
MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, and AAC music format compatibility
MP4, WMV, and 3GP video format compatibility
Word, Excel, and PPT format compatibility
PDF and TXT eBook format compatibility
4,000 mAh battery
Approximately 4 hours of battery life with screen brightness on 40 percent, continuous use, and Wi-Fi enabled
Single switch operating system change method
With two operating systems taking up space on the Chuwi Hi8, the user is left with only 7 GB of free hard drive space, but this can increase if all the preinstalled Chinese apps are removed and a Micro-SD card is added. If you want a tablet with a stellar camera, this may not be the best dual boot tablet for you. The Chuwi Hi8 comes complete with the dual boot tablet, a USB OTG cable, a micro USB cable, charger, and user’s manual in English. This powerful little tablet serves up superior video and full dual boot functionality all for around $90.
Onda V891 Dual Boot Tablet – Around $100
With an 8.9-inch display, the Onda V891 is slightly larger than the Chuwi Hi8, and is slightly more updated. This tablet may not be the most powerful option presented here, but it does offer great value, a larger display, dual boot functionality, and Windows 10 preinstalled. Although, like the Chuwi Hi8, it still only uses Android KitKat 4.4.
The Onda V891’s specifications are as follows:
8.9 inch IPS display with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution
10 multitouch points
Processor: Intel Z3735F quad core 1.33-1.83Ghz (turbo mode).
Intel HD / 311 MHz-646 MHz processor
2 GB RAM DDR3L-RS RAM
Intel HD (Gen7) GPU
32GB eMMC internal storage, expandable to 128GB using Micro-SD slot
2-megapixel rear camera
0.3-megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
USB 2.0 OTG
3.5 mm headphone output.
Android 4.4 KitKat and Windows 10 operating systems
PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP image formats
AAC, MP3, WAV music formats
MP4, AVI, 3GP video formats
Word, Excel, PPT office formats
PDF, TXT eBook formats
Russian, German, Italian, French, Dutch, English, Portuguese, Spanish language options
5400 mAh battery
Up to five hours of video playback
MP4 and MP3
Microphone and speaker
The tablet comes with an OTG cable, a charger, a USB to micro USB cable, and an English user’s manual.
Many of these features differ greatly from the Chuwi Hi8, like expanded language options, and greater memory expansion capability. The Onda V891 also boasts an external microphone and speaker, which the Hi8 regrettably lacks.
The Android partition is far more customizable than with other options listed here, and comes installed with Google play for convenience. However, the available memory is a bit smaller with only six GB available to the user. The Windows 10 partition of the V891 also comes preinstalled with Windows 365 like the Hi8, but the amount of available memory in this partition is smaller than five GB. It comes with 2GB DD3L RAM, so it can easily handle applications in Android or Windows 10.
The Onda V891 was designed with style in mind, featuring concentric circles on its back and sloping edges to improve the user’s grasp. It features an average camera, like the Chuwi Hi8, and a very similar processor as well. However, its larger screen size, additional features, and larger internal memory may make the Onda V819 a more attractive option depending on your needs.
Chinese Dual Boot Tablets around $200
Teclast X98 Air 3G Dual Boot Tablet – Around $200
If you’re looking for even better features in a dual boot tablet, check out the Teclast X98 Air, modeled after the iPad Air. The features do come with an increased cost compared to the Chuwi Hi8 and the Onda V891, however. Let’s have a look at the specifications for the Teclast X98 Air.
9.7inch IPS Retina, 2048 x 1536-pixel display
Android 4.4.2 and Windows 8.1 / 10 operating systems
WCDMA 900 / 2100MHz and GSM 900 / 1800MHz network compatibility
Intel Bay Trail Z3736F 64-bit CPU @ 2.16GHz
Intel HD Graphics GPU
2GB DDR3 RAM
32GB eMMC internal memory storage
Five-megapixel rear and two-megapixel front cameras
WiDi Wireless Display
Slots for Micro-SIM cards and Micro-SD.
8500 mAh battery
The newer versions of this tablet come with windows 10 installed, but the older 8.1 tablets can be upgraded easily. And unlike the Chuwi Hi8 and Onda V891, the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system is upgradable through the OTA service. The Teclast X98 Air dual boot tablet is also suitable for video calling, with its built-in microphone, speaker, and vastly superior cameras., unlike the tablets mentioned earlier.
Options for connectivity are also great with the Teclast X98 Air. This option includes slots for a micro-SD memory card and a Sim card slot, since it is 3G compatible. This tablet also has a micro HDMI output, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, GPS navigation built in, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
The screen brags a 2k display, but unfortunately doesn’t perform well in bright sunlight. Furthermore, the screen resolution must be set lower than full HD in order to play games successfully. The battery is one of the Teclast X98 Air’s biggest selling points, offering battery life of between five and a half and nine hours at medium brightness, depending on your activities. Another drawback to the Teclast X98 Air is that it the internet loading speed on 3G. A strong signal is necessary to load pages with any real speed.
Onda V919 Air Dual Boot Tablet – Around $175
This is another Chinese dual boot tablet designed to be like to iPad Air, but the Onda V919 Air remains very different from the iPad Air or the Teclast X98 Air. The design of the Onda V919 Air is very similar to that of the Teclast X98 Air, as the names might imply. They both offer 9.7 inch screens, 3G capability, and Windows and Android operating systems, but their features differ greatly.
The specifications for the Onda V919 Air dual boot tablet are:
9.7 inch IPS 2048 × 1536-pixel display
Intel Atom Z3736F four 64-bit cores and a 1.3GHz processor
2GB DDR3L Ram
64GB of 32-bit eMMC internal memory, expandable with Micro-SD card to 128GB
Two-megapixel front camera
5-megapixel rear camera
WCDMA 3G UMTS / HSPA / HSPA network compatibility
GSM / GPRS / EDGE
4K HD video in MP4 / 3GP / 3G2 / RM / RMVB / ASF / FLAC / APE / MOV formats
1080P HD video in AVI / MOV / MP4 / RMVB / FLV / MKV formats
MP3 / WMA / WAV / APE / AAC / FLAC / OGG audio formats
UMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2 eBook formats
Calling and 3G connection with slot for Micro-SIM card
Dual-boot with Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat
The box includes the tablet, charger, and the appropriate USB cable. Unlike the previous options, the OTG cable is not included with the Onda V919 Air. Also unlike the previous tablets, the Onda V919 Air has a built-in hard reset port near the power and volume controls.
Like the Chuwi Hi8 dual boot tablet, the Onda V919 Air only offers users four to five hours of use before needing to recharge, which may be its biggest weakness. Another downfall of the Onda V919 Air dual boot tablet is the sound quality. The volume doesn’t go as loud as it could, and the speaker is easily covered while holding the tablet in landscape. Yet another drawback to this particular model is that large number of Chinese apps that come preinstalled on the tablet. The Onda V919 Air also lacks an HDMI output, a major failing for a tablet in this price range.
The 4k video viewing and 1080p gaming make the Onda V919 Air a serious contender among sub-$200 dual boot tablets, however. The IPS display provides excellent color, sharpness, and viewing angles, but like the Teclast X98 Air, viewing in bright sunlight leaves a lot to be desired.
Teclast X98 Pro – Around $230
The Teclast X98 Pro is the long-anticipated upgrade from the X98 Air. In creating this newer version of the X98, Teclast made some major improvements, including 3G capability, and 33 percent improved performance over its predecessors. Let’s check out the specifications for the Teclast X98 Pro.
9.7 inch IPS QXGA 2048 x 1536 resolution display
Intel X5-Z8500 quad core processor at 2.24 GHz
Intel HD Graphics Gen8 GPU
4 GB DDR# RAM
64 GB internal memory expandable to 128 GB with micro SD card
Windows 10 and Android 5.0 operating systems
Five-megapixel rear camera
Two-megapixel front camera
3.5mm headphone jack
Memory card slot
8000 mAh battery
Up to 5 hours of battery life
JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP supported image formats
OGG, WMA, AAC, and MP3 supported music formats
3GP, WMV, and AVI supported video formats
Word, Excel, and PPT supported office formats
The improved SoC of the Teclast X98 Pro improves load times, and works to extend battery life. The four-core processor also boasts higher Ram than any tablet discussed here, with 4 GB, offering improved performance of up to 40 percent over comparable models. This makes downloads and file transfers a snap, an area where the other dual boot tablets quickly fall behind.
The Teclast X98 Pro is also the only tablet mentioned here that comes with Windows 10 and Android lollipop 5.0 already installed. The memory available in the Teclast X98 is also far superior to its competition, with 64 GB of internal memory that can be doubled with a micro SD card.
If you are willing to spend a little bit more, the Teclast X98 Pro might give you the best bang for your buck, giving an experience similar to a laptop, but with the benefit of Android applications. However, this model doesn’t include 3G capability, so you’ll have to depend on Wi-Fi if you go with the Teclast X98 Pro.
Each of these dual boot tablets manufactured in China have their good points and drawbacks, but one thing is certain, they offer good quality, functionality, and features like the name brands at a fraction of the price.