Alldocube Freer X9 Hands-on Review

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Jupit3r

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Alldocube, a.k.a Cube, is a Chinese brand best known for making affordable Android tablets. With the demand for Android tablets getting smaller each year, many of Chinese tablet makers either disappeared or changed their business focus, Alldocube hanged on. As a matter of fact, they released quite a number of models of different sizes this year. The Freer X9 is the latest addition to their lineup, and it is the first one this year to come with a high performance processor.


Main specs of the Alldocube Freer X9

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Screen: 8.9-inch IPS, multi-touch capacitive panel
Display Resolution: 2560 x 1600 (16:10)
Processor: MediaTek MT8173V (Quad-core: A72*2 1.8GHz + A53*2 1.4GHz)
GPU: Imagination PowerVR G6250
RAM / Storage: 4GB / 64GB
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi: 2.4GHz/5GHz
Bluetooth: 4.0
Camera: 5MP front camera, 13MP main camera
Battery: 3.8V, 5,500mAh
Ports: Micro SD Card Slot, Type-C Port (USB 3.0 standard), 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Size: 228*144*8.3mm
Weight: 366g
Color: Black front, grey rear


Design and build

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The design of the Alldocube Freer X9 is pretty generic with no core identifying features. The tablet looks like an enlarged phone, with portrait mode use as its default. The front is of course dominated by an 8.9-inch display, with a physical home button below and a front-facing camera up top. Alongside the display are the bezels and it’s clear that the Freer X9 isn’t meant to win any design awards as the bezels are large and somewhat clunky, but for a relatively big tablet designed for using with both hands, we do need more bezels to rest our fingers on. One thing I need to mention is that there isn’t a fingerprint reader built in the home button, which is a shame as every time you wake the screen up, you will need to input pin or draw patterns to unlock the device if you want a reasonable amount of privacy.

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The top side of the tablet plays host to a Micro SD card slot, and one of the two speaker apertures.

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The bottom side hosts a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack and the other speaker aperture.

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A power/standby key and a volume rocker are hosted on the right side of the slate.

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The X9 has an aluminum unibody at its rear and four edges. The gray coating is processed with anodic oxidation, not only does it make the tablet feel extremely premium, it is also quite resistant to scratches.

83e7d39bgy1fjux8q5i2gj20m80etduc.jpg


The Freer X9 measures 228*144*8.3mm and weighs 366g, pretty compact for a 9-incher. The tablet feels very robust, and proves extremely resistant to all of our squeezes and twists.


Display

83e7d39bgy1fjux8zrmtvj20m80et4b8.jpg


The Freer X9 sports an 8.9-inch IPS display at the resolution of 2560*1600px, which translates into a pixel density of 339PPI. This is one of the best displays we’ve seen on tablets from Chinese brands. HD videos and pictures look razor sharp, colorful and bright. Although it is still no match for the HDR-ready AMOLED display found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 when it comes to contrast ratio and color saturation, it offers colors that are more natural, and it is definitely not going to be outshined by an Apple iPad if you put them side by side.

83e7d39bgy1fjux8vai3xj20m80es17s.jpg


The X9’s display is also extremely bright, contents are visible even under direct sunlight, which is pretty rare among tablets in this price range. Unfortunately, there’s still bad news, as the display does seem to suffer from reflections, using it outdoors can be tricky sometimes.


Audio

The Freer X9 features two built-in speakers, with one on the top side and the other on the bottom. These speakers sound satisfyingly loud and clear, offer much better audio than the mono speaker found on most cheap phones and tablets, in fact they sound even better than the speakers on my Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and Microsoft Surface Pro 3. With that said, it's still best to avoid cranking it to max volume as the distorted highs will overpower the mids and lows.


System, UI and Apps

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The Freer X9 ships with stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Pretty strange as the Alldocube FreeYoung X5, which was released earlier, runs Android 7.0 Nougat. You will get a clean Android experience from the X9 as there is basically no twist or customization made to the stock OS.

83e7d39bgy1fjux8dtjd3j20dw0m8ae9.jpg


Preinstalled apps have also been kept to the minimum, the only third-party app is the ES File Explorer, users can get the apps they need from Google Play Store.


Performance

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The Alldocube Freer X9 is powered by a MediaTek MT8173V Processor, which includes a quad-core CPU (2*[email protected] and 2*[email protected]) and an Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU. There are also 4GB RAM on board to take care of multi-tasking and 64GB of eMMc as internal storage.

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We ran a few benchmarks on the Freer X9 and got pretty decent scores. Though it won’t rival high-end slates such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 or Huawei MediaPad M2 in terms of overall horsepower, it still proves to be a capable mid-range tablet.

83e7d39bgy1fjux8b88bhj20dw0m83zl.jpg


In the Antutu V6.0 benchmark test, the X9 scored 68,400, putting it ahead of most budget smartphones.

83e7d39bgy1fjux8bu4o4j20dw0m8dl9.jpg


In the Geekbench 4 test, the Freer X9 scored 1,457 in single-core and 2,578 in multi-core.

83e7d39bgy1fjux8chb4kj20dw0m8n36.jpg


In the PCMARK Work 2.0 test, the Freer X9 was returned 3,915.

83e7d39bgy1fjux8ehp62j20m80hrwlk.jpg


For some reason (could be the internet restrictions in China), the X9 could not finish the Vellamo browser test, in the metal and multi-core test, it got pretty decent scores.

83e7d39bgy1fjux8d6c4bj20m80dwn3z.jpg


Unfortunately, the Freer X9 didn’t impress us with its 3DMark Ice Storm score.

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When it came to online chatting, surfing the web, checking emails, streaming HD videos and playing simple mobile games such as Pocket Mortys and Leo's Fortune, the tablet performed smoothly. Larger, more complex games such as N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit and Armored Aces were a bit slow to launch, but graphics looked spectacular and smooth during gameplay.


Battery Life

The Alldocube Freer X9 has a 3.8V/5500mAh Li-Po battery under the hood, which is a little larger than the 5,100mAh battery inside of the Huawei MediaPad M3. In our battery rundown test, we played a 1080P video on loop, with screen brightness set at 50%. Wi-Fi turned on to receive social media alerts and notifications. The X9 lasted 8 hours, 50 minutes.

In the real life use, I find myself charging the X9 every three to four days, as I do most of the social-networking on my smartphone. The X9 is mainly used for YouTube Feeds, reading and web-browsing. For heavy users, charging the tablet every two days should be enough.

The Freer X9 doesn’t come with a wall charger, but the users can easily use their smartphone chargers to get a refill. The maximum charging current the X9 is able to take is 10W, which is not impressive as the fast-charging for smartphones can get really fast now. I usually need around 3.5 hours to charge the tablet from 0% to 100% with a 5V-2A charger.


Cameras

On the back of the tablet is the 13-megapixel camera, which is equipped with an auto-focus feature. We've never put much importance on cameras in tablets, because tablets make for awkward and ridiculous-looking image-snapping devices. Plus, most people buying a premium tablet also likely have a better camera sensor in their smartphone. That said, you can get good photos from the camera here, so long as what you're snapping isn't also moving. The sensor's auto-focus is quite slow compared to those typically found in high-end smartphones.

83e7d39bgy1fjux92wz1fj20m80gonis.jpg


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Test shots with the rear camera

There is also a 5MP camera on the front for online video chatting. It is not the worst front-facing camera we’ve seen on a mid-range tablet, but it is by no means a good one. Colors look a little bit washed out, and the photos also lose lots of details. For someone who’s used to the auto-beautification-mode offered by mainstream smartphones, I can barely look at the selfies taken by this camera.

83e7d39bgy1fjux91395gj20go0m8tru.jpg


A test shot with the front camera


Connectivity

The Freer X9 is a Wi-Fi only tablet, and there probably won’t be any cellular version coming. The slate supports 2.4GHz & 5GHz dual band Wi-Fi, connection is solid and stable, I can download files at top speed two walls away from the router.

The internal 64GB storage is expandable with a Micro SD card, I have inserted a 64GB Transcend card and it works fine.

The X9 also supports USB on the go. As the Type-C port of the slate is of USB 3.0 standard, transferring files from a flash drive is pretty fast. This port can also be transformed into an HDMI port with an adapter.


Availability and Competition

The price of the Freer X9 has not been announced by Alldocube yet, but rumor has it that it will be around $200, putting the slate in the price range of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 and ASUS ZenPad S8.0.

While the Xiaomi Mi Pad offers more horsepower and a much better battery life, and the ASUS ZenPad S8.0 offers a more user-friendly UI, the Alldocube Freer X9 holds its own with a bigger and more gorgeous display. All 3 slates offer a lot of value for the money, it all comes down to personal preference when choosing which one to go with.


Verdict

Aside from the dated operating system and the absence of a fingerprint reader, there’s not much to dislike about the Freer X9. Its metallic unibody design, build quality, display, speakers and performance all impressed us.

If you want a capable Android tablet which can handle more than just the basics, but refuse to spend three to four hundred dollars on a Huawei MediaPad M3, Google Pixel C or a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, the Alldocube Freer X9 is really worth looking at.
 
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mekler22

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Thanks for this review, it's nice and informative. Only thing missing is the issues and bugs. And you forgot to mention that it arrives with a chinese firmware that can be flashed over with a "overseas" firmware to fit english speakers better. Cheers!
 

Jupit3r

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Thanks for this review, it's nice and informative. Only thing missing is the issues and bugs. And you forgot to mention that it arrives with a chinese firmware that can be flashed over with a "overseas" firmware to fit english speakers better. Cheers!

I haven't really experienced the issues and bugs u mentioned in your review. I also successfully installed a working Google Play on the Chinese firmware.
 
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droiduser

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Second ping for this so called international rom.... googled around and cant find any official or unofficial roms for this tablet anywhere, perhaps its somewhere on the net but only written in Chinese characters somewhere?
 

droiduser

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Heads up, I received an Alldocube Freer X9 from Gearbest and it has some sort of international ROM installed (Playstore etc preinstalled) but also found the Adsup Fota spyware installed and being built into the ROM you cant remove it
 

malojk

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Mar 14, 2014
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could anyone help me how to do step-by-step updates to u89c using the magisk manager and root of this tablet? do you work with antutu 7.0 on this tablet? with me hangs on the first test.
 

tt124307

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Is it international (overseas) or chinese only firmware? I have downloaded the rar file (v1.0_20171228), but is is fully chinese (the file names and the install instruction). I do not want to install it unnecessarily.
 
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rafaelkaiz

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could anyone help me how to do step-by-step updates to u89c using the magisk manager and root of this tablet? do you work with antutu 7.0 on this tablet? with me hangs on the first test.
YouTube Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF4_hnKgjFA by Hovatek.

It's easy, download ROM U89C (have the link on the official page, 51cube.com).

Antutu does not work for me.

When you download the official firmware, you will need:
1. Install the official drivers of your U89 tablet.
2. Flashing your U89 tablet with "SP Flash Tool" [Tutorial for SP Flash Tool here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzyYXAflmOk]
3. Once you have flashed the latest version of your U89 tablet, connect your tablet to fastboot. He does not know how? it's easy, install this:
https://adb.clockworkmod.com/ for ADB Drivers.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2588979 for ADB & Fastboot in your Windows.
4. Well, once you have installed everything, connect your flashed tablet to U89C (the latest version) to your computer. In Windows, press "Ctrl + R" and type "cmd", press ENTER and type in your "terminal":
- "adb devices"

Your tablet will ask for an authorization to connect to ADB, now type in your terminal:
- "adb reboot bootloader"

Great, now in fastboot let's flash the patched bootloader:
http://www118.zippyshare.com/pd/S2Nb2x4D/10563/boot.img

Write on your Windows terminal:
"fastboot oem unlock" and press ENTER, on the screen of your tablet you will see some words in English, do not follow the instructions as they are wrong. Actually, to unlock your "bootloader", you need to press the button on your tablet: "VOL-" (Volume down).

On your tablet you will see something like "unlock pass", and on your computer you should type "fastboot reboot". Now your tablet is going to erase completely.

Perfect, it only remains to flash the "boot.img", for it once you have loaded your tablet again, write on your PC again:
"adb devices" & "adb reboot bootloader", in fastboot proceed to flash your "boot.img":
"fastboot flash boot boot.img" *

*A tip: type "fastboot flash boot" and drag the boot.img file to the "terminal" CMD.

Perfect, now write "fastboot reboot". Your tablet is rooted, install the Magisk Manager APK and enjoy.

You can share this tutorial, improve it or do whatever you want with it. It is translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.
 
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malojk

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Mar 14, 2014
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Tell me where I found official drivers of your U89 tablet ?

Is the new U89C antutu still not working, and whether there is a play store? Currently I have the version u89_v1.0_20170911 with the play store, and is there any difference between these roms?

Can I do root on the old version without flashing?


I tried to rooting the tablet apart from uploading a new rom. Going in turn according to your description, I press vol - and I have the message "unlock failed". What is going on ?
 
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malojk

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Okbi will tray. Thanks.

Is the new rom u89 c better? Tell me where else will I find the official driver for u89? I have windows 7 and when I try to run spflash tool, the BEX error pops up
 

rafaelkaiz

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Yes. although it does not include the Google Play store. but I will write a tutorial to install Google Play store in our u89. the drivers are in one of the u89c firmware folders.:)
 

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    Alldocube, a.k.a Cube, is a Chinese brand best known for making affordable Android tablets. With the demand for Android tablets getting smaller each year, many of Chinese tablet makers either disappeared or changed their business focus, Alldocube hanged on. As a matter of fact, they released quite a number of models of different sizes this year. The Freer X9 is the latest addition to their lineup, and it is the first one this year to come with a high performance processor.


    Main specs of the Alldocube Freer X9

    OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Screen: 8.9-inch IPS, multi-touch capacitive panel
    Display Resolution: 2560 x 1600 (16:10)
    Processor: MediaTek MT8173V (Quad-core: A72*2 1.8GHz + A53*2 1.4GHz)
    GPU: Imagination PowerVR G6250
    RAM / Storage: 4GB / 64GB
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
    WiFi: 2.4GHz/5GHz
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    Camera: 5MP front camera, 13MP main camera
    Battery: 3.8V, 5,500mAh
    Ports: Micro SD Card Slot, Type-C Port (USB 3.0 standard), 3.5mm Headphone Jack
    Size: 228*144*8.3mm
    Weight: 366g
    Color: Black front, grey rear


    Design and build

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8u2zlbj20m80et4hn.jpg


    The design of the Alldocube Freer X9 is pretty generic with no core identifying features. The tablet looks like an enlarged phone, with portrait mode use as its default. The front is of course dominated by an 8.9-inch display, with a physical home button below and a front-facing camera up top. Alongside the display are the bezels and it’s clear that the Freer X9 isn’t meant to win any design awards as the bezels are large and somewhat clunky, but for a relatively big tablet designed for using with both hands, we do need more bezels to rest our fingers on. One thing I need to mention is that there isn’t a fingerprint reader built in the home button, which is a shame as every time you wake the screen up, you will need to input pin or draw patterns to unlock the device if you want a reasonable amount of privacy.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8sovz7j20m80et19j.jpg


    The top side of the tablet plays host to a Micro SD card slot, and one of the two speaker apertures.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8p1d41j20m80etk8b.jpg


    The bottom side hosts a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack and the other speaker aperture.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8rhwaaj20m80etk9d.jpg


    A power/standby key and a volume rocker are hosted on the right side of the slate.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8nv8i8j20m80ettsi.jpg


    The X9 has an aluminum unibody at its rear and four edges. The gray coating is processed with anodic oxidation, not only does it make the tablet feel extremely premium, it is also quite resistant to scratches.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8q5i2gj20m80etduc.jpg


    The Freer X9 measures 228*144*8.3mm and weighs 366g, pretty compact for a 9-incher. The tablet feels very robust, and proves extremely resistant to all of our squeezes and twists.


    Display

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8zrmtvj20m80et4b8.jpg


    The Freer X9 sports an 8.9-inch IPS display at the resolution of 2560*1600px, which translates into a pixel density of 339PPI. This is one of the best displays we’ve seen on tablets from Chinese brands. HD videos and pictures look razor sharp, colorful and bright. Although it is still no match for the HDR-ready AMOLED display found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 when it comes to contrast ratio and color saturation, it offers colors that are more natural, and it is definitely not going to be outshined by an Apple iPad if you put them side by side.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8vai3xj20m80es17s.jpg


    The X9’s display is also extremely bright, contents are visible even under direct sunlight, which is pretty rare among tablets in this price range. Unfortunately, there’s still bad news, as the display does seem to suffer from reflections, using it outdoors can be tricky sometimes.


    Audio

    The Freer X9 features two built-in speakers, with one on the top side and the other on the bottom. These speakers sound satisfyingly loud and clear, offer much better audio than the mono speaker found on most cheap phones and tablets, in fact they sound even better than the speakers on my Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and Microsoft Surface Pro 3. With that said, it's still best to avoid cranking it to max volume as the distorted highs will overpower the mids and lows.


    System, UI and Apps

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8gk970j20m80budko.jpg


    The Freer X9 ships with stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Pretty strange as the Alldocube FreeYoung X5, which was released earlier, runs Android 7.0 Nougat. You will get a clean Android experience from the X9 as there is basically no twist or customization made to the stock OS.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8dtjd3j20dw0m8ae9.jpg


    Preinstalled apps have also been kept to the minimum, the only third-party app is the ES File Explorer, users can get the apps they need from Google Play Store.


    Performance

    83e7d39bgy1fjuyamue11j20m80d2whr.jpg


    The Alldocube Freer X9 is powered by a MediaTek MT8173V Processor, which includes a quad-core CPU (2*[email protected] and 2*[email protected]) and an Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU. There are also 4GB RAM on board to take care of multi-tasking and 64GB of eMMc as internal storage.

    83e7d39bgy1fjuy727315j20m80daq72.jpg


    We ran a few benchmarks on the Freer X9 and got pretty decent scores. Though it won’t rival high-end slates such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 or Huawei MediaPad M2 in terms of overall horsepower, it still proves to be a capable mid-range tablet.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8b88bhj20dw0m83zl.jpg


    In the Antutu V6.0 benchmark test, the X9 scored 68,400, putting it ahead of most budget smartphones.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8bu4o4j20dw0m8dl9.jpg


    In the Geekbench 4 test, the Freer X9 scored 1,457 in single-core and 2,578 in multi-core.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8chb4kj20dw0m8n36.jpg


    In the PCMARK Work 2.0 test, the Freer X9 was returned 3,915.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8ehp62j20m80hrwlk.jpg


    For some reason (could be the internet restrictions in China), the X9 could not finish the Vellamo browser test, in the metal and multi-core test, it got pretty decent scores.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8d6c4bj20m80dwn3z.jpg


    Unfortunately, the Freer X9 didn’t impress us with its 3DMark Ice Storm score.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux8fsddbj20m80dwgzz.jpg


    When it came to online chatting, surfing the web, checking emails, streaming HD videos and playing simple mobile games such as Pocket Mortys and Leo's Fortune, the tablet performed smoothly. Larger, more complex games such as N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit and Armored Aces were a bit slow to launch, but graphics looked spectacular and smooth during gameplay.


    Battery Life

    The Alldocube Freer X9 has a 3.8V/5500mAh Li-Po battery under the hood, which is a little larger than the 5,100mAh battery inside of the Huawei MediaPad M3. In our battery rundown test, we played a 1080P video on loop, with screen brightness set at 50%. Wi-Fi turned on to receive social media alerts and notifications. The X9 lasted 8 hours, 50 minutes.

    In the real life use, I find myself charging the X9 every three to four days, as I do most of the social-networking on my smartphone. The X9 is mainly used for YouTube Feeds, reading and web-browsing. For heavy users, charging the tablet every two days should be enough.

    The Freer X9 doesn’t come with a wall charger, but the users can easily use their smartphone chargers to get a refill. The maximum charging current the X9 is able to take is 10W, which is not impressive as the fast-charging for smartphones can get really fast now. I usually need around 3.5 hours to charge the tablet from 0% to 100% with a 5V-2A charger.


    Cameras

    On the back of the tablet is the 13-megapixel camera, which is equipped with an auto-focus feature. We've never put much importance on cameras in tablets, because tablets make for awkward and ridiculous-looking image-snapping devices. Plus, most people buying a premium tablet also likely have a better camera sensor in their smartphone. That said, you can get good photos from the camera here, so long as what you're snapping isn't also moving. The sensor's auto-focus is quite slow compared to those typically found in high-end smartphones.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux92wz1fj20m80gonis.jpg


    83e7d39bgy1fjux94aq3ij20m80goas1.jpg


    Test shots with the rear camera

    There is also a 5MP camera on the front for online video chatting. It is not the worst front-facing camera we’ve seen on a mid-range tablet, but it is by no means a good one. Colors look a little bit washed out, and the photos also lose lots of details. For someone who’s used to the auto-beautification-mode offered by mainstream smartphones, I can barely look at the selfies taken by this camera.

    83e7d39bgy1fjux91395gj20go0m8tru.jpg


    A test shot with the front camera


    Connectivity

    The Freer X9 is a Wi-Fi only tablet, and there probably won’t be any cellular version coming. The slate supports 2.4GHz & 5GHz dual band Wi-Fi, connection is solid and stable, I can download files at top speed two walls away from the router.

    The internal 64GB storage is expandable with a Micro SD card, I have inserted a 64GB Transcend card and it works fine.

    The X9 also supports USB on the go. As the Type-C port of the slate is of USB 3.0 standard, transferring files from a flash drive is pretty fast. This port can also be transformed into an HDMI port with an adapter.


    Availability and Competition

    The price of the Freer X9 has not been announced by Alldocube yet, but rumor has it that it will be around $200, putting the slate in the price range of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 and ASUS ZenPad S8.0.

    While the Xiaomi Mi Pad offers more horsepower and a much better battery life, and the ASUS ZenPad S8.0 offers a more user-friendly UI, the Alldocube Freer X9 holds its own with a bigger and more gorgeous display. All 3 slates offer a lot of value for the money, it all comes down to personal preference when choosing which one to go with.


    Verdict

    Aside from the dated operating system and the absence of a fingerprint reader, there’s not much to dislike about the Freer X9. Its metallic unibody design, build quality, display, speakers and performance all impressed us.

    If you want a capable Android tablet which can handle more than just the basics, but refuse to spend three to four hundred dollars on a Huawei MediaPad M3, Google Pixel C or a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, the Alldocube Freer X9 is really worth looking at.
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    Thanks for this review, it's nice and informative. Only thing missing is the issues and bugs. And you forgot to mention that it arrives with a chinese firmware that can be flashed over with a "overseas" firmware to fit english speakers better. Cheers!

    I haven't really experienced the issues and bugs u mentioned in your review. I also successfully installed a working Google Play on the Chinese firmware.
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    U89C UPDATE installed and Root OK!

    http://51cube.com/services?_search=U89

    Unlocking the bootloader is necessary. To unlock: "fastboot oem unlock" and VOL-, since I do not know why, but it is the opposite.

    Boot.img patched for Magisk Manager (flash with U89C or fastboot):
    http://www118.zippyshare.com/pd/S2Nb2x4D/10563/boot.img
    APK: magiskmanager
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    I tried to install Gapps over an APK, but the App only allowed me to install Gapps for 6.0 or lower.
    And it looks very similar to the Marshmellow Firmware

    Perhaps you are right. And I hope you are right, but I still have problems to get a working Playstore on this tablet.

    To run the google play store ... you must move the google apk to the system folder.
    that is, use Link2SD and convert google applications into "system applications"

    Open gapps for example, will not work since we do not have twrp.

    Try this apks:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/10uI_AXnhlarBuF6bm7LYn26sc4w8iyO_/view?usp=drivesdk
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    I tried to install Gapps over an APK, but the App only allowed me to install Gapps for 6.0 or lower.
    And it looks very similar to the Marshmellow Firmware

    Perhaps you are right. And I hope you are right, but I still have problems to get a working Playstore on this tablet.

    I already tried Link2SD, but I don't know where to put your files?!
    And they have no ending. Do I have to add ".apk"?

    I'm flashing Android devices a long time, but outside TWRP and Flashtool I'm lost.

    yes, you add ".apk" and install it on your system.

    to use link2sd and convert an application to "system application" you need to be root.

    https://youtu.be/1V4JBa7QgXw

    Root tutorial:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75750935&postcount=13 (it works in 7.0. But you have to patch the "boot.img" again for Nougat.)
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