Chuwi’s latest budget laptop is a mid-range mobile computer with one surprisingly high-end feature: a 4K display.

The Chuwi AeroBook Pro is set to ship in June, but the 15.6 inch laptop is up for pre-order through an Indiegogo campaign for about $550 (or less for early birds).

The laptop measures about 14.2″ x 9.5″ x 0.6″ and weighs 3.75 pounds, and the computer’s 3840 x 2160 pixel display is definitely the stand-out feature.

One odd feature? Chuwi decided to equip the AeroBook Pro with 5-year-old processors.

The laptop is available with a choice of Intel Core i5-6287U or Core i7-6567U Skylake chips. These are 28-watt dual-core processors with support for hyperthreading and Intel Iris Graphics 550. They’re part of Intel’s 6th-gen Core “Skylake” processor family.

Ports include:

  • HDMI
  • 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x USB Type-C
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • microSD card reader

Other features include a 55.86 Wh battery, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, stereo speakers, a 2MP camera, and a metal chassis.

According to Chuwi, a model with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage will have a retail price of $666. But a limited number of units is up for pre-order for $530 or $550 — or as little as $510 if you use a “special price” link to the crowdfunding campaign.

A Core i7/16GB/512GB version will set you back $849 during crowdfunding, or $1000 at retail.

This isn’t the first time Chuwi through a 4K display into a budget laptop — but last year’s Chuwi LapBook Plus paired its high-res display, with an underwhelming 12-watt Intel Atom x7-E3950 processor with Intel HD 505 graphics.

From that standpoint, I guess the move to a Skylake chip with Intel Iris graphics is a step in the right direction.



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2 Comments

  1. Actually, not bad specs and not bad price.

    It’s not for me, but at the volume they are producing it… it’s not really mass production and will fill some people’s wants/needs. Good one Chuwi.

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