Alldocube iPlay 40 review: an all-around tablet with some minor compromises

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davovapo

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For gapps to work, you need to change the data that is in the build.prop file in the vendor
I used 7zip to extract the img file, added the lines on those 3 build.prop files and used ImgBurn to make and .img again and after flashing and reboot it goes to fastboot. I stayed basically all Saturday dealing with the tablet for now I give up. I'll try to research this further at later points.
 

ar_aja

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Hi guys, today I screwed up, I had a lineageos rom on my iplay40 with magisk and I made the mistake to update from magisk23 to magisk24.1 through the app which brought me to not be able to boot the device again and stays like the pic attached.

I can't go to recovery or fastbood mode either so I don't really know how to move forward, pressing power+up or down just resets the tablet. I have the program called ResearchDownload and the .pac file with the firmware but I think I'd need to enter fastboot to flash the firmware again. Do you think it could be saved?
I just did the exact same thing, care to elaborate if/how you fixed it?, thanks in advance

Edit:

I managed to fix it by flashing the boot.img via ResearchDownload as suggested by @Wajs

Be sure to flash the boot.img of the twrp installer, if you use the default image from the stock .pac you'll loose twrp access, learnt that the hard way lol
 
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Gordolfo

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I was successful thanks to previous comments, these were the steps and files:
-Extract files in a folder
-Go inside the "adb-fastboot" folder, in the address bar write "cmd" and hit enter to open a terminal
-Run
Code:
adb shell getprop ro.serialno
-Copy and Install SpreadTrumTools.apk in your tablet
-Open the app, allow permissions and input the serial you just obtained

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-Tap Generate
-Copy the file "signature.bin" inside the adb-fastboot folder in your computer
-In the terminal run
Code:
adb reboot bootloader
-Wait for the tablet to boot into fastboot, if for any reason boots into fastbootd, navigate to reboot to fastboot
-In the terminal run
Code:
fastboot oem get_identifier_token
-Run
Code:
fastboot flashing unlock_bootloader signature.bin
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-Follow instructions in your tablet (press volume down)
-If everything is successful you should see something like this
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Hope it works for you
Thank you, I was finally able to root my alldocube iplay 40.
 

elvin3

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reg66

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The Android 12L(now renamed 12.1) released! I have flashed, it is optimized for tablet. Very nice! Download v410 and flash to enjoy it!

Dude, any instructions or at least which files to download? Cheers

EDIT: ALSO, how is the battery life after time for ROM to settle, in comparsion to stock. That's my biggest concern. Cheers
 
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coyttl

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Hey guys - quick question -
Trying to unlock the bootloader, and have tried the two fastboot links that were linked earlier, and no matter what I get the:
Code:
fastboot: usage: unknown 'flashing' command unlock
message. (Tried 'unlock', 'unlock-bootloader', and 'unlock_critical', all give the same error.)
I got the signature file, generated (a couple different ways, actually, tried in case one way wa bad), but still no go.

Thoughts?
 

albe90262

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I have already unlocked my bootloader now how do i flash the .img file in TWRP - iPlay40(T1020S) to my iPLay40 Pro??? Please provide details steps....
 

Neuromancer

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Isn't H the same as non-H, except for the higher version of Android? And "Pro" is the same as H, except for more RAM and storage.
 

kkcheong

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Bootloader unlock is universal, works on h and pro. Rooting is possible, but I no longer do kernel mods and vbmeta signatures.
Thanks. Maybe I can try it. Any tutorial?
Isn't H the same as non-H, except for the higher version of Android? And "Pro" is the same as H, except for more RAM and storage.
I need to correct that:
1. H - Android 11
2. Non H - android 10
3. Pro - 256gb

All RAM is 8gb.
 

seledreams

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I have tried the iplay40 utility from @AllexBast and most of it seems to work, but when fastbootd is opened it gets stuck on "waiting for any device" that might be a driver issue but where could I find the fastbootd drivers ? everything else works, adb fastboot (bootloader) etc, just not fastbootd
I own a standard iplay40 (T1020S)

ps : I checked, I did install at least all the drivers required for the stock flashing tool and i installed these https://developer.android.com/studio/run/win-usb
 

AllexBast

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I have tried the iplay40 utility from @AllexBast and most of it seems to work, but when fastbootd is opened it gets stuck on "waiting for any device" that might be a driver issue but where could I find the fastbootd drivers ? everything else works, adb fastboot (bootloader) etc, just not fastbootd
I own a standard iplay40 (T1020S)

ps : I checked, I did install at least all the drivers required for the stock flashing tool and i installed these https://developer.android.com/studio/run/win-usb
Almost like in this video, but the name of the unknown device will be different.
 
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seledreams

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Almost like in this video, but the name of the unknown device will be different.
I actually did follow this video, and there is a "Unisoc Phone" unknown device here, however, when I try to install the fastbootd driver in the same way as the video, it just results in "windows did not find drivers for your device" when i select the directory of the fastbootd drivers
this is the identifier of the driver that's missing
USB\VID_1782&PID_4EE0&REV_0414
 

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    I have tried the iplay40 utility from @AllexBast and most of it seems to work, but when fastbootd is opened it gets stuck on "waiting for any device" that might be a driver issue but where could I find the fastbootd drivers ? everything else works, adb fastboot (bootloader) etc, just not fastbootd
    I own a standard iplay40 (T1020S)

    ps : I checked, I did install at least all the drivers required for the stock flashing tool and i installed these https://developer.android.com/studio/run/win-usb
    Almost like in this video, but the name of the unknown device will be different.
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    So, I found a way to install the driver but that was kind of weird, I needed to modify the inf file of the driver to add my vendor ID to the driver's database, the driver installed properly after doing this
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    I still have no luck with the information from this link.

    They mention an APK, the "SpreadTrumTools-20200317.apk", but I can get this APK from nowhere. I tried several links to some Japanese (?) online storage, but I only manage to download some exe files, and obviously I don’t download them. Without it I cannot generate the signature.bin and do the rest of the steps.

    I tried this method from the Hovatek forum and I still don't be able to unlock the bootloader.

    When I try the command "fastboot flashing unlock_bootloader signature.bin" it always fails.

    I have tried several ways to get the signature.bin, even using a live Ubuntu distro (and the hassle to learn how to do all of this in Linux).

    After a large of hours getting nowhere, I think I will give up to unlock the bootloader to root this tablet.

    If somebody can give any help I'll appreciate, maybe a link to download the SpreadTrumTools-20200317.apk, or other solution to unlock the bootloader.

    And If possible, somebody installs the CPU Monitor app and verify if the cpu is almost all the time at 80% plus as mine.
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    I was able to enable Gaps on build system-squeak-arm64-ab-vndklite-gapps.img.xz

    Need to change
    /system/build.prop
    /system/system_ext/etc/build.prop
    /system/product/etc/build.prop

    These lines

    ro.product.product.brand=Alldocube
    ro.product.product.device=T1020S
    ro.product.product.manufacturer=Alldocube
    ro.product.product.model=iPlay_40
    ro.product.product.name=iPlay_40
    ro.product.board=ums512_1h10
    ro.board.platform=ums512
    ro.product.build.fingerprint=Alldocube/iPlay_40/T1020S:12/SP1A.211105.004/211103:userdebug/test-keys
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    TWRP and ModSuper for gsi only for the IPlay40 (t1020s) model

    You need to unlock the bootloader https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...-some-minor-compromises.4212541/post-85850877

    install Disable encryption in Utility-T1020S_v01
    You need to download:

    ModSuper for gsi https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...-some-minor-compromises.4212541/post-86307695

    In addition, you will need a micro SD card in order to move these files to it.
    Copy the unpacked files mod_super_gsi-v1.img and gsi rom to the memory card

    restart adb recovery
    install for section super mod.super.gsi.sparse.v2.img
    wipe factory reset
    reboot recovery

    install for section system gsi android 10 or 12 arm64 a/b pre-unpack from archive https://github.com/phhusson/treble_experimentations/wiki/Generic-System-Image-(GSI)-list

    restart system
    configure gsi rom
    restart adb recovery
    install gapps android 10 arm64 pico https://opengapps.org/ or android 12 https://www.pling.com/p/1462970/
    restart system
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    Did you manage to get any of the Android 12 to run alright?
    This is the best build 12 https://github.com/phhusson/treble_experimentations/releases
    You can add a line to the file debug.sf.latch_unsignaled=0 in /system/build.prop. This removes graphic artifacts, but not all
    Used assembly system-squeak-arm64-ab-vndklite-floss.img.xz alternativ gapps
    Very fast assembly

    After flashing gsi 12, format data - yes and rebooting, twrp stops working

    To change something in the system sections, vndklite assemblies are needed
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    Solid performance

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    The Alldocube iPlay 40 is powered by Unisoc’s T618 processor, which has an octa-core CPU (2 Cores of Cortex-A75 clocked at 2.0GHz and 6 cores of Cortex-A55 clocked at 2.0GHz) and ARM’s Mali-G52MP GPU.

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    This chipset was released in 2020 and built on 12nm process, so it is relatively new, and it offers better performance than MediaTek’s P60 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 66X, which are the most commonly used SoC. In budget and midrange tablets. There’s also 8GB LPDDR4 RAM inside the slate to handle multitasking.

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    The iPlay 40 has easily beaten other budget tablets in Antutu and Geekbench 5. Even the Teclast M40, which is powered by the same Unisoc T618 chipset, scored significantly lower than the iPlay 40 in both tests.

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    In the GPU-focused 3DMark Slingshot Extreme test, the iPlay 40 was also returned with decent scores.

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    The storage inside of the iPlay 40 is relatively slow. The Sequential Read speed is only 106.27mb/s in Androbench’s readings, falling behind most other entry-level tablets including Alldocube’s very own iPlay 30, which was released three months ago. But in comparison, Teclast uses even lower-quality storage in both of their M40 and P20HD.

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    In the real-world use, the Unisoc T618 processor actually offers more than enough horsepower to drive the tablet for the tasks it is intended for. The iPlay 40 is smooth and responsive most of the time, I had no issues watching 4K YouTube videos in Chrome, with many other image-heavy webpages loading at the same time. The slate is also capable of keeping many big applications running in the background, thanks to its whooping 8GB RAM.

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    However, the iPlay 40 isn’t the best video decoder, as it scored only 827 in Antutu video tester, but for those normal video formats, you always have the choice to use software decoding. I’ve tried many clips and the slate can play all of them smoothly.

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    Gaming should not be your main reason to buy a tablet. With that said, the iPlay 40 can run most games installed from Play Store without issues. I tried Asphalt 9, PUBG and Arena of Valor, all of them can run smoothly at moderate settings.



    Superb connectivity

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    The iPlay 40 supports dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G and full phone functionalities. It won’t have fancy features like 5G and WiFi-6, but we don’t expect it to.

    The 128GB internal storage should be sufficient for most users. For those who need more, the tablet supports a TF card of up to 2TB!



    Basic cameras

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    There are two cameras on the iPlay 40, a front-facing 5MP camera and an 8MP main camera. Those cameras can be useful for unlocking, video-chatting, and scanning QR code, but you won’t want to “archive your life” with them. Even in perfectly-lit conditions, most photos I took with the main camera were either over-exposed or under-exposed, and there wasn’t much life to them. In low light, the photos were simply horrible. In an era when most entry-level smartphones come with dual or triple camera setups, there is really no place for tablet photography.



    Subpar battery life and charging speed

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    The Alldocube iPlay 40 houses a 6000mAh Li-Po battery, smaller than the capacity of most of its peers. Even with a more power-efficient processor, the iPlay 40 still only gives me around 7 hours’ screen time on a full charge.

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    With display brightness and speaker volume both set at 50%, the iplay 40 lasted 7 hours and 55 minutes in our battery rundown test, where we played a 1080P video on loop.

    This iPlay 40 doesn’t support any form of quick charge. The supplied wall charger is rated 10W (5V-2A), a full charge (0%→100%) takes about 4 hours. In comparison, the Lenovo Tab P11 comes with a 20W QC3.0 charger, while the Smasung Galaxy Tab A7 supports 15W charging.



    Verdict: an all-around tablet with some minor compromises

    The Alldocube iPlay 40 isn’t designed to break any new grounds, but it is an Android tablet which gets a lot of essential things right. It has a sharp and colorful display, which makes it ideral for video streaming, web-browsing and even light gaming. The T618 processor offers more than enough power for everyday tasks. 4G and phone functionalities means the tablet can be a serviceable phone whenever needed.

    The absence of a fingerprint reader, slow storage and low battery capacity could all be potential deal breakers for many, but for a tablet priced as low as the iPlay 40, it’s really unfair to ask for perfection. With UFS 2.1 storage, higher quality speakers and much, much better cameras, the Lenovo Tab P11 is still a superior piece of tech in many aspects. But if horsepower is on top of your priorities when choosing a tablet, you won’t get anything better than the iPlay 40 in the same price range.