Early bird backers can snag a Chuwi CoreBook for $459 or you can opt for a bundle that includes the tablet, a detachable keyboard, and an active stylus for $499.
While I’m normally reluctant to use the words “pre-order” and “crowdfunding in the same sentence, Chuwi is pretty much just using the Indiegogo campaign to build buzz for the product. The company has successfully brought a number of tablets to market in the past, and the relatively low goal for this campaign suggests that Chuwi doesn’t actually need much money to finish development of the tablet.
The tablet features a full HD touchscreen display, a fingerprint sensor, and it works with a keyboard cover, much like a Microsoft Surface or iPad Pro tablet (although the kickstand is built into the cover, not the tablet). The optional stylus is a digital pen that supports 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The CoreBook has an aluminum alloy chassis and a fanless design, and the tablet measures 12.4″ x 8.3″ x 0.3″ and weighs about 2.3 pounds.
It features a 37 Wh battery, and micro USB and USB 3.0 type-C ports. It supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, has stereo speakers and a headphone jack, a microSDXC card slot, and front and rear cameras.
Chuwi says it expects to ship CoreBook units to backers of the crowdfunding campaign in March, 2018.
The full retail price for the tablet is expected to be $599, while the tablet + keyboard and pen will sell for $679.