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

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RedNas74

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I'm trying to unlock the bootloader, but i get an error from fastboot:

fastboot flashing unlock_bootloader signature.bin
fastboot: usage: unknown 'flashing' command unlock_bootloader

What am I doing wrong? I enabled oem unlocking in developer options and generated the signature.bin
 

AllexBast

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I'm trying to unlock the bootloader, but i get an error from fastboot:

fastboot flashing unlock_bootloader signature.bin
fastboot: usage: unknown 'flashing' command unlock_bootloader

What am I doing wrong? I enabled oem unlocking in developer options and generated the signature.bin
use a different version of botloader
 
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lowfatmilk

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Thanks for the info! It'll save me some grief.

Are there plans to make a TWRP for the iPlay 40 Pro/H then? Don't think i'll try to root the thing before there's a custom recovery for it.

Prolly needs its own thread, to unburden this one of off topic discussions.
 

Burs

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Three questions if someone knows..

1) Does anyone have issues with finding hidden SSID WiFi networks? I enabled the option in settings, but the tablet still cannot find it? Other devices find it without problem. As soon as I configure SSID as visible, it works without issue. Never had such weird case.
EDIT: in order to connect to WiFi network with hidden SSID, one don't even have to configure network as Hidden, and Android handles the configuration properly and make the network visible (opposed to how it was working on previous versions like Pie). If you explicetely configure the network is Hidden (and it is), then the network cannot be found. Sad, but true. Took me some hours to figure out that.

2) It seems tablet doesn't have 5Ghz WiFi support, despite it advertises itself like it's capable to connect to such networks. All my other devices doesn't have this issue, but I cannot see/connect to my 5GHz network no matter what. I use XIaomi AC2100 router which provides both 2.4/5Ghz AP, and this is the first device I have issues when connecting it to that router.
EDIT: this still confuses me. Judging by the specs, WiFi chip should certainly support 5Ghz WiFi networks. Why my tablet cannot connect to such network is beyond my understanding. Anyone?

3) Did anyone flashed "iPlay40(T1020S)-EN-20210526" update from official Alldocube website? Is that Android 11 inside? It weighs at 1.32 GB, so I guess it's some major upgrade? Or is it just fully Android 10 system image?
EDIT: this I won't even try, as I didn't find any other Android 11 images out there. Frankly, this Android 10 is working very well, and I don't really care what if it's 10, 11 or 12.

Right now I'm updated to 20210525, and everything works fine (expect issues above), so if Android 10 provides better performance and experience, I'll leave everything as it is.

Thanks everyone.
 
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RedNas74

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3. iPlay40(T1020S)-EN-20210526 is the same as the version you're already running. I flashed it and in about phone the build number is T1020S_V1.0_20210525.
 
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Burs

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Thanks guys. I'll google some bit more about connecting to 5Ghz WiFi networks. I have some specific apps where I prefer speed over range, so I would like to use 5Ghz. In the meanwhile I've also set up 5Ghz AP on my mobile, and I cannot connect to it either (while other devices can). There isn't any specific option compared to 2.4Ghz, so it should just work. But it doesn't. I also checked WiFi specifications with AIDA, and it indeed shows 5Ghz as supported. I thought maybe different WiFi chip ended up inside my tablet (hint: chip shortage), and I also had similar cases with Chinese tablets in past where manufacturers put different components and claiming it's the same exact model as everyone else have. So it wouldn't be the first time.

One more quick question: do your tablets shut down automatically when battery reaches 15%? I just had quick notification saying battery is low, and few seconds later it just shut down. I know it's not good for the battery to be depleted completely, but I would like to have some time to finish what I was doing, then shut it down myself, or at least have time to grab a charger. And no, it wasn't like the battery was completely depleted, because when I connected the tablet to charger, it was showing 14-15% and charging. AIDA also shows battery's declared capacity is 6000mAh, so I doubt it's anything related to it.
 

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    use a different version of botloader
    Managed to get it working with the fastboot files from davovapo. Thanks for the quick answer.
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    2) Mine as always connected to 5Ghz wifi so I can´t help you.
    3) I think is the complete system and not only an upgrade.
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    3. iPlay40(T1020S)-EN-20210526 is the same as the version you're already running. I flashed it and in about phone the build number is T1020S_V1.0_20210525.
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    For t1020s
    TWRP https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lsmYtOESkvI4vz3tLgg9P5CsxaZ3g2fr/view?usp=sharing - flash to rd https://4pda.to/pages/go/?u=https://mega.nz/file/5RFymB6Q#KjfDboHeduvuXvBi1SDLboO-48o0bmMhBC5FyTIwAVM&e=108966608
    firmware global https://www.alldocube.com/en/firmware/alldocube-iplay40t1020s-firmware-download/
    ModSuper for gsi https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YRZbiTEEnyds6kxrvXNI2-5gRwjCbE4l/view?usp=sharing install for section super
    format data - yes
    restart adb recovery
    gsi android 10 arm64 a-b - https://sourceforge.net/projects/andyyan-gsi/files/lineage-17.x/ install for section system
    format data - yes
    restart adb recovery
    backup boot
    install zip https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/releases/tag/v23.0
    restore boot
    restart system
    configure gsi rom
    restart adb recovery
    install gapps android 10 arm64 pico https://opengapps.org/
    restart system
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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.
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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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    For t1020s
    TWRP https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lsmYtOESkvI4vz3tLgg9P5CsxaZ3g2fr/view?usp=sharing - flash to rd https://4pda.to/pages/go/?u=https://mega.nz/file/5RFymB6Q#KjfDboHeduvuXvBi1SDLboO-48o0bmMhBC5FyTIwAVM&e=108966608
    firmware global https://www.alldocube.com/en/firmware/alldocube-iplay40t1020s-firmware-download/
    ModSuper for gsi https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YRZbiTEEnyds6kxrvXNI2-5gRwjCbE4l/view?usp=sharing install for section super
    format data - yes
    restart adb recovery
    gsi android 10 arm64 a-b - https://sourceforge.net/projects/andyyan-gsi/files/lineage-17.x/ install for section system
    format data - yes
    restart adb recovery
    backup boot
    install zip https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/releases/tag/v23.0
    restore boot
    restart system
    configure gsi rom
    restart adb recovery
    install gapps android 10 arm64 pico https://opengapps.org/
    restart system
    Thanks to both, I unlocked successfully the bootloader using the fastboot file from AllexBast linked juseblog guide, I added the file here in case somebody needs it too and just to note it the unlocking process took around 12 minutes. Now I'm trying to follow AllexBast steps, I followed the "flash to rd" guide and worked great but when flashing the recovery with "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img" it seems to be stuck at "Writing 'recovery'..." I may leave it for some more hours or overnight to see if it actually works.
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    I only notice the one corner near the volume buttons gets hotter when i play games, only that corner, all the other parts not gets hot never, due to that i thought that was the cpu, if not i dont know what is in that corner.

    Using my previous photo...

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    ... and this one...

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    ... the cpu is beneath the metallic shield as I said. The hot area you say (bottom left on the second image) are maybe from the little metallic shield but I don't know what is under it.

    Today my daughter was with me (I´m divorced) and he tell me that using the tablet with the protective case / cover it will shut down also. I run the freefire game and in few instant’s the tablet shutdown. It rapidly remove it from the case / cover and the only "hot" part was the big metallic shield (with no sticker). Attention, by hot It only means that I can feel something hotter than the rest, is not even hot to hurt at touch or something like this.

    The app I use to see the CPU usage is CPU Monitor.

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    And this is a "log" of the CPU usage during the night:

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    It’s possible that the app don’t give correct measurement, so I installed it in my Redmi 5 and the CPU usage at idle was normal. Almost all the time at +/- 30% with spikes at +/- 100%. The tablet is the opposite, almost all the time at (or higher) +/- 90% with spikes at +/- 30%:

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    After googling a lot, I’m almost certain that the behaviour of the tablet is not normal. The strange thing is even with almost full use of the CPU no lagging is noticeable.
    I read somewhere that a similar problem was due to a TTS app problem. Later at home I will test it.

    If possible Cartmannnn install the CPU Monitor app and see how the CPU usage is.

    The other "stupid" test I will do is make a factory reset and put the tablet in English language and not in Portuguese during installation. After that, install from apk the CPU Monitor APP to be sure no other app was causing this behaviour and if no change is noticed I will have to install a CPU watchdog to see what app is causing this.

    For me, the constant full load of the CPU is the principal factor of this problem.