Chuwi VX3: 7 inch octa-core, full HD smartphone for $200
Like the idea of a 7 inch device that can serve as both a smartphone and a tablet, but not impressed by the lackluster specs of the latest Asus FonePad? Chinese device maker Chuwi might have the answer.
The new Chuwi VX3 is a smartphone with a 7 inch, full HD display, an 8-core CPU, Android 4.4 KitKat software, and a price tag of just about $200.
The device features a 1.7 GHz Mediatek MTK6592 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It has a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS pixel capacitive touchscreen display and features a 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera.
There’s a mini HDMI port, microSD card slot, and micro USB port, and the phone supports 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and support for GSM and WCDMA networks.
While the phone/tablet was designed for the Chinese market, where it’s available from JD.com, it’s available for order and/or pre-order internationally from stores including Geekbuying, PandaWill, and the AliExpress marketplace with prices running between $185 and $220.
Before you pull out your wallet, there are a few things to consider. First, the 3000mAh battery is only good for up to 4 hours of screen on time. Second, the phone only supports WCDMA networks in the 2100 MHz band… which means that US customers will only be able to get 2G speeds if they try to use the Chuwi VX3 with AT&T or T-Mobile. It won’t support Verizon or Sprint at all.