iFive Air Tablet - 9.7" 2048x1536px - RK3288 - Android

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TeutonJon78

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FNF iFive Air 9.7" Tablet
  • CPU: Rockchip RK3288 Quad-core Cortex-A17 processor, 1.8 GHz (seems to be locked to 1.6 GHz for heat/battery concerns without much loss in performance, maybe lower binned processor)
  • GPU: Mali-T764 (or Mali-T760MP4 - 4 core GPU)
  • Screen: 9.7", 2048 x 1536 (4:3), Capacitive, Retina, IPS, 10-point multi-touch
  • Memory: 2 GB DDR3 RAM (not sure if LP or not), 16/32 GB eMMC, microSD, OTG
  • Networking: WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast
  • Camera: 8MP back camera , 2MP front camera
  • Sensors: Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope
  • Battery: 8200mAh
  • Net weight: 534 g / 18.84 oz
  • Size: 240 x 168 x 7.5 mm (review measured at 240 x 168 x 7.8 mm)
  • OS: Android 4.4.4 (RK3288 are supposed to get 5.0, so this device might as well)
  • Rebranded versions: HaierPad 971 in Europe

Official Links
Reviews
iambillbil (Chinese - use your favorite translator -- Chrome built-in or Bing seem to work well, Google Translate is slower)
Other
Videos

Accessories
Cases
  • There is an "official" case for the tablet -- it's a PU leather flip case in 5 colors (black, white, blue, pink, and gold) that can be found on AliExpress and other similar sites searching for "iFive Air case". There are two brands of the case that can be found -- one with a brown interior with volume holes that seem off to one side based on the pictures. The other one has a gray interior with centered volume holes. I got the gray one and it actually fits quite well. There are some areas that aren't protected well (mostly the lower right corner. I ordered the "black" one, which is actually much more of a dark gray. It actually really looks good with the white front and light gray back. The cutouts match very well (better than it looks in the pictures).
  • iPad Air/iPad 5 cases -- as the dimensions are close (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm), some of those cases might work as long as you take care to get the ones that leave the top part of the tablet exposed for the different port layout -- they may also not work. According to iambillbil in his "Appearance" review, you can use the iPad Air hard plastic and silicone covers as the buttons and cameras line up (although, from his pictures, not quite exactly) but not the Apple shell covers (I assume he means the magnetic attach ones, but I'm not sure). I ordered an iPad Air Origami case from AliExpress. Even thought the dimensions match, the side profile of the tablet is different from the iPad Air, so it didn't fit in the case at all. The case needed the slightly more rounded profile shape.
  • universal 9.7" tablet cases
Screen Protectors
  • The tablet comes with a screen protector installed. iPad Air protectors should work as well, but they will generally have a cutout for the home button which is unneeded for this tablet.

ROMS
Official Firmware
My Custom ROMs
CrewRKTablets' ROMs (Thanks Oma!!)
Custom Recovery (Thanks CrewRKTables!)

Known Issues and Bugs (All ROMs)
  • moved to separate post

Tutorials

Resources

*** Remember, anything you do to your tablet is AT YOUR OWN RISK -- following any procedure here may result in bricking your device ***
 
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Official Firmware Flashing Instructions (Translated)

This document is included in the official firmware flashing tool, but in Chinese. There are pictures in the document. Here is the translated text (between Google and Bing)

To get the software to be in English instead of Chinese, go into the config.ini and change the [Language] > Selected value from "1" to "2".

Step 1: The Pre-Upgrade Considerations
  • Make sure that the tablet has enough power, not in a low power state. (>30% of power)
  • RK3188 RK3288 upgrade tool and can not be universal.
  • Make sure USB debugging is turned off ("Settings > Developer Options > USB debugging " should be unchecked)
  • Make sure USB connection type is set to "Mass Storage"
  • If the connection to the computer automatically switches to upgrade mode fails , reconnect again.
  • Please copy important files to another storage device in advance, the upgrade will format, to prevent loss of important documents.

Step 2: The Driver Installation
  1. machine turned on, press the switch button 15S, during machine shutdown will be black, but do not let go.
  2. Connect the USB to the computer, and other computer recognizes the device let go (to windows7, for example), as shown below:
    1. If you do not pop up this option, select the desktop or the Start menu, computer / right click My Computer, and select Manage.
    2. After opening management, select the Device Manager, which can be seen when an unknown device.
  3. Driver Installation
    1. Facing the unknown device, right click and select Update Driver Software.
    2. Click the Select Browse my computer for driver software. Note: You can click on the automatic search.
    3. Click Browse and select the location of the driver
      • Upgrade tools folder has a folder Driver, Driver folder contains a version upgrade drive, if your computer system is 64, select X64; if it is 32, select X86, then according to operating system selection.
    4. Pop up whether to install this device software, select Install.
    5. After the installation is complete, in the Device Manager can see the driver Rockusb Device.

Step 3: Firmware Upgrade
  1. Extract the downloaded iFive Air upgrade kit if not done already.
  2. Open FactoryTool.exe [UpdateTool.exe is referenced in the document but outdated]
  3. Select the "firmware", and select the path of the next firmware.
  4. Check the "repair" option.
  5. Select the "Start" option.
  6. Connect the tablet to the PC via USB
  7. The machine will automatically enter download mode and download the firmware.
  8. After the firmware download is completed, there will be a green icon prompt, unplug the USB cable. (Otherwise the machine will go into upgrade mode). [This is super important, because otherwise it will switch to upgrade mode and keep doing factory resets on the device. until you stop it].
  9. Select "Stop" option, and then exit the upgrade program.
 
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pal2342

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GPU question.

Hi,
I have a question about the GPU. Hope anyone can answer.
On their website its advertised as Mali-T764-16 core GPU (@326GFLOPS)
Shouldn't that be Mali-T760 MP16? As far as I was aware Mali T-764 is a quad core GPU (@ around 90GFLOPS)
Any idea which GPU is on this tablet, I'm planing to buy this tablet.(or Pipo P9).
Thanks.
 

TeutonJon78

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Hi,
I have a question about the GPU. Hope anyone can answer.
On their website its advertised as Mali-T764-16 core GPU (@326GFLOPS)
Shouldn't that be Mali-T760 MP16? As far as I was aware Mali T-764 is a quad core GPU (@ around 90GFLOPS)
Any idea which GPU is on this tablet, I'm planing to buy this tablet.(or Pipo P9).
Thanks.

Everything I've seen listed has it as the Malt-T764. However, if you got the ARM/Mali website, no such core exists. I've seen it listed on other sites as T760MP4. Going by the Mali site (http://www.arm.com/products/multimedia/mali-performance-efficient-graphics/mali-t760.php), it says it scales up to 16 core product. I'm not sure what the MP4 means. I've also seen other tablets with the 762/760MP2.

Scalable would mean that a company incorporates it into their design, they could use up to a 16 core version (MP16 as you said). The RK3288 design is just using the 4 core version, which is what you'll find across all the RK3288 chips.

I wouldn't get to wrapped up in the Chinese manufacturer specs, they all seem a little "enhanced". Many of them cheat on their AnTuTu scores. iFive also lists the tablet as having a 1.8 GHz chip when it's limited to 1.6 GHz (not sure if a lower binned part, or just software limited). Most RK3288 chips are at 1.8 GHz. The reviews show that it's performance is pretty close to the same but with lower heat and better battery.

The PiPO P9 will probably perform slightly better since it's at the full 1.8 GHz and also running a lower res screen (1920x1200 vs 2048x1536). I wanted the 4:3 screen for reading documents. I personally don't like PiPO because I don't like the charging via DC adapter rather than USB method they use. I don't need another, different cable around.
 
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TeutonJon78

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I ordered one during the 12.12 sales and am waiting for it now. I wish the processor wasn't slightly underclocked, but the performance numbers aren't really hampered by it that much, and I'm not really getting it for gaming as much as document viewing.

The biggest problem so far has been finding a case for it. The semi-official one (the only one actually designed for it) seems to not even fit it that well, and is well, pretty blah looking. I figure some of the iPad Air cases should work, but I'm hesitant to order one without knowing.

Anyone out there with this tablet try any cases?

[Note: I just moved this from reply 2 down here to clear that out as a reserved reply]
 

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Firmware Customization Tutorial

  • needs to be done in Linux, as you're working with ext4 filesystems -- however, you can do it in a VM install just fine (I'm using a VirtualBox install with shared folder support)
  • not a Linux tutorial -- you'll need to know what/how to get root access in order to run the appropriate commands for your distro
  • at various points, depending on how much you're changing the system.img, you may need to resize the filesystem and the image file

Accessing the system.img filesystem
  1. if needed, unpack the firmware image
    1. using Android Tools 2.3, click on the Advanced tab [part of Oma's downloads, or can be gotten from Firefly's website)
    2. under the firmware selection box ("...") navigate to the packed firmware image (i.e., stock one, not Oma's)
    3. click on the "Unpack" button
    4. navigate to the "Output" directory under wherever you ran the AndroidTool.exe from to find the extracted firmware portions
  2. in Linux, mount the system.img file
    1. Code:
      mount -o loop path_to_image path_to_mount_point
    2. if this fails with "mount: unknown error -1" you probably don't have the loop module running
      1. as root run
        Code:
        modprobe loop
        and retry to mount
    3. the image should also be accessible as /dev/loop0
  3. go to the mounted directory and make desired changes
  4. defrag the image file if you want using e4defrag
  5. unmount the loopback image

Resizing the filesystem/image file
  • dd method (example included step not needed for this purpose (partition resizing)
    • use dd to make image file the size you want
    • use dd to copy over the old image file into the new file
    • run e2fsck and resize2fs on the image file
    • (basically, this is extra work beyond letting the resize2fs taking care of resizing the image file for you)
  • filesystem resize method
    1. image must not be mounted
    2. e2fsck -f ./system.img
    3. resize2fs ./system.img [size] ("768M" for example, see the man page for more info)
 
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pal2342

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Thanks for the info.
I think I'll go with the PIPO P9. I'll be using it mostly for gaming. I considered the Xiaomi MiPad, but the screen is bit too small for my taste. The other high end tablets are out of my budget.


Everything I've seen listed has it as the Malt-T764. However, if you got the ARM/Mali website, no such core exists. I've seen it listed on other sites as T760MP4. Going by the Mali site, it says it scales up to 16 core product. I'm not sure what the MP4 means. I've also seen other tablets with the 762/760MP2.

Scalable would mean that a company incorporates it into their design, they could use up to a 16 core version (MP16 as you said). The RK3288 design is just using the 4 core version, which is what you'll find across all the RK3288 chips.

I wouldn't get to wrapped up in the Chinese manufacturer specs, they all seem a little "enhanced". Many of them cheat on their AnTuTu scores. iFive also lists the tablet as having a 1.8 GHz chip when it's limited to 1.6 GHz (not sure if a lower binned part, or just software limited). Most RK3288 chips are at 1.8 GHz. The reviews show that it's performance is pretty close to the same but with lower heat and better battery.

The PiPO P9 will probably perform slightly better since it's at the full 1.8 GHz and also running a lower res screen (1920x1200 vs 2048x1536). I wanted the 4:3 screen for reading documents. I personally don't like PiPO because I don't like the charging via DC adapter rather than USB method they use. I don't need another, different cable around.
 

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The Pipo P9 has a larger screen with lower pixel count than the iFive Air. The Pipo P9 can be charged using the Micro USB and/or the AC charger, this is also possible with the P1.

I don't like false advertizing, especially not with the CPU and GPU and I highly doubt that the RK3288 clocked at 1.8 GHz would have generated more heat than the aluminum case could cope with.

The biggest factor with power consumption is the screen brightness, not the CPU clock. I need to dim my scren to the lowest setting and it is still extremely bright.

With a higher clocked CPU I can always change the clock frequency to clock it at 1.6 GHz in case I want to. But since I pay for 1.8 and only get 1.6 GHz, I cannot clock it higher than 1.6.

Antutu 5.5 shows over 35000 points and Geekbench 3 reports 720 points with the single core test, very good. But all the lies, this needs to stop. It is chid's play and not very mature.

Ah just in case, the iFive Air does not have GPS and it is missing HDMI out, otherwise it is a very solid choice. The 5GHz WiFi works very well. But I regularly see red flashing frames around Chrome browser what is an indicator that the CPU is not powerful enough to cope with the browser's CPU power demand.

And because it also has ART support, I switched to ART from DALVIK. Big mistake. The iFive Air does not boot anymore and is stuck in the boot animation. There is now way to fix this and wow it get's better.

I cannot even flash a new firmware because the OMA ROM flashing method does not work. I always get Error "Match device type failed,stop running!".

How to recover from accidently switching to ART runtime switching (installing factory firmware):

You can download the factory firmware from the first post in this thread. The Factory Tool provided there will not work.

Download the Factory tool from this forum link, it will correctly work and show English Language when starting it up. You will also find the working RK3288 drivers there.

1. Install the drivers for the RK3288 (don't bother with the adb folder, just use the installer
2. power the iFive off
3. Start the Factory tool
4. Press Power button on the iFive and check if it is finding a loader entry with the USB tree shown in the factory log. If you do not see a Loader text, it won't work, e.g. if ADB is shown, nothing works, try powering it off and on until you see Loader as text next to an USB port.
5. Load the factory image using the appropriate button
6. Run the update. You will see progress next to the loader text.
7. Wait until the iFive flashes the ROM and do not remove the USB cable yet.
8. After the iFife tablet has booted up, remove the USB cable and close the Factory Tool.

Rooting the iFive Air:


1. If you would like to root the iFive Air, use Root Genius 1.8.7. You can download it from here.
1. Enable USB Debugging in the Settings and then start the tool Root Genius.
2. It will install drivers needed and after it recognizes the tablet you can then root the tablet using the green Root button.
3. Root Genius will install Kinguser.
4. Update the Kinguser program and then install Link2SD from the Google Play Store.
5. Link2SD will allow you to uninstall all the chinese programs.

Disable all the crappy utilities in the factory ROM (all with chinese signs) and you are set.


Warning: whatever you try, do not switch the iFive Air to ART runtime, it will not boot anymore after that.
 
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The Pipo P9 has a larger screen with lower pixel count than the iFive Air. The Pipo P9 can be charged using the Micro USB and/or the AC charger, this is also possible with the P1.
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But I regularly see red flashing frames around Chrome browser what is an indicator that the CPU is not powerful enough to cope with the browser's CPU power demand.
...
And because it also has ART support, I switched to ART from DALVIK. Big mistake. The iFive Air does not boot anymore and is stuck in the boot animation. There is now way to fix this and wow it get's better.
...
I cannot even flash a new firmware because the OMA ROM flashing method does not work. I always get Error "Match device type failed,stop running!".
I didn't know the PiPO's could still charge over USB. It seems silly to bother adding in an extra charging method.

They definitely need to stop putting out wrong specs. Although, I wonder if it's just a kernel bug, since EVERY other RK3288 is at 1.8 GHz, including the similarly spec'ed mini tablet. I can't imagine they would just arbitrarily get a lower binned processor for this flagship tablet.

I haven't had any flashing frames in Chrome -- maybe you have a bad unit? Although, I haven't done that much browsing yet, mostly scanned PDF's in the 150 MB+ range, which I would think would stress the CPU/GPU pretty well (the device gets pretty warm).

That's curious about ART. It seems a little odd. It would probably be one of the build in iFive/Chinese apps. Did you remove all of those?
 

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Known Issues and Bugs (All ROMs)

General HW Issues
  • CPU is at 1.608 GHz instead of the advertised 1.8 GHz. Every other RK3288 devices seems to be at the advertised 1.8 GHz. This could be a kernel bug or it could be intentional (either a lower binned processor or due to thermal concerns). It would seem a little strange for a lower binned processor since their smaller tablet of the same specs is at full 1.8 GHz.
  • Volume buttons may be mapped backwards. Pushing on the button farthest from the power is "Vol Up" and the close one is "Vol Down". So in landscape mode it maps correctly to what you'd expect, but in portrait it's backwards from expected. And this is generally a portrait tablet. Discussion on the forums seems to be saying that other tablets have the same mapping, so probably not an actual bug.

Stock ROM
  • list of stock issues from 5Fans
  • Storage
    • stock ROM splits eMMC into two data partitions (This is due to the RK3288 SDK setup apparently. Rockchip hasn't upgraded to the newer standard of unified storage.)
    • mount points aren't setup correctly in /storage for external SD card
      • /mnt/sdcard -> /mnt/internal_sd
      • /sdcard -> /mnt/internal_sd
      • /storage/emulated -> nowhere
      • /storage/sdcard0 -> /mnt/internal_sd
      • /storage/sdcard1 -> no created/linked -- should go to /mnt/external_sd
  • WiFi
    • If WiFi is set to turn off during sleep, it won't resume the connection without a restart. However, if you leave the option ticked to allow Android to scan WiFi points even when turned off, it will work correctly. I assume it's an issue with the WiFi chip not coming out of full lower powered state correctly.
  • Net Connections
    • Even with all the iFive and Chinese apps disabled, there are still connections being made to China via the Google Accounts services.
    • cause unkown
  • flashing red border in Chrome and other apps (relates to Developer Mode and Strict Mode)

Oma Stock-Based ROM
  • same as stock
  • Oma integrates some of his own preferred system apps, which may or may not be an issue for you. The ones that affect system functionality:

Oma's OmniROM Universal Build
  • any stock kernel issues
  • camera may not be working yet
 
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Rooting the iFive Air

  • integrate root and a SU app directly in the ROM
  • use a ROM with root/SU app already integrated
  • 3288 Ez Root Tool
    • This works really well as it packages root up as OTA update the system will automatically prompt you to install. You just have to put it in the root of either internal or SD card storage and wait till it rescans and finds the update. Make sure to read the instructions though, as the actual update.zip is inside the file you download.
    • no PC required
    • This is a generic RK3288 root method.
    • I used this method for stock and it worked perfectly.
  • Chinese Root Methods
  • dev hack -- Apparently on some RK3288 devices, if you go into the calculator and enter !^06^ it will prompt you if you want to root the device. This didn't work on the iFive Air for me. Some people in the FreakTab forum seemed be using an external mouse though, and perhaps the difference.
 
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You can download the factory firmware from the first post in this thread. The Factory Tool provided there will not work.

I used the factory tool provided with the stock ROM download and it worked perfectly for me. The place I ordered from converted the language for me (which was nice), but I'd also prefer it be same as from the factory, so I reflashed it the second I got it.

Now, if you're stuck in the boot loop, probably just needed to put it into recovery mode first. From off, if you hold power and the farther volume button, it will get into that mode. That might help it connect to the Factory tool.
 

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Oma posted a new stock based ROM (v.1.1) which fixes the chrome red ring problem and other minor fixes. You can get it from the link on the first post.
 

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Multi-Window v2.0 has landed on iFive Air ;)
- Oma -

v2.0_multi-window_2.png
 
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    Official 5.1.x ROMs

    Download Mirror
    • MEGA Storage (if you don't want to register and wait for the super slow Baidu download -- only change I've made is to translate the file names)

    5.1.1 Betas

    Initial Beta
    Thread - http://www.5fans.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=192732

    V1.01L - 2015-6-25
    • Thread - http://www.5fans.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=193034
    • Changes
      • Modify the boot animation for the official boot animation
      • Modify the Bluetooth switch to turn on the first
      • camera video mode 3. Modify the size
      • Repair front camera display 800W The BUG
      • Modify desktop layout
      • Modify the status bar dropdown width
      • The integrated cool dog music, add Sogou input method manually checked
      • Modify the browser's default home page is Baidu
      • Modify the browser's default search engine Baidu
      • The browser was added utility label and add firmware feedback bookmarks.
      • Delete the quick search application
      • to join the new busybox
      • Delete Set HDMI Settings
      • Remove tube and equipment manufacturer information
      • Setting the default language is Chinese, the default time zone for Shanghai, the default date format is the date
      • About Device The version number information display developed
      • kernel optimization
      • The repair default alarm does not exist BUG
      • unknown sources is enabled by default

    1.0.2L - 2015-7-2
    • Thread - http://www.5fans.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=193580
    • Changes
      • Repair After inserting the headphones still sound amplifier BUG
      • Core Optimization
      • Shutdown button to add pop determined to prevent inadvertently
      • gravity sensor sensitivity adjustment
      • magnetic induction (compass) Repair
      • Modify the virtual keys centrally
      • to replace the volume icon
      • The storage switching
      • off charging support
      • default on Development by option

    1.0.3L - 2015-7-9


    v2.0.3 - 2015-8-11

    Download
    Changes
    • ?
    Storage
    • system: 2048 MB (794/802 MB file system)
    • data: 2GB
    • user: remaining (28300 MB)
    Files (MD5)
    • bootloader: 46660e31ef27f740dd1928b9a381f7af (2.19.06)
    • boot.img: 05ef4a019d343da162ed70c954a4a1d1
    • kernel.img: db46f7cbdafdd9dd8b19bd032f8d10ac
    • misc.img: 756c8e2b3ef736c7957b3d537a12c93d
    • recovery.img: 0012bb9c360fd04c0359fb9740e887e6
    • resource.img: f08d4865e88f96a69ebfc232fee7338c
    • system.img: 8e0cf26777ca0bd5b6910e93d8c96fb3


    v2.0.4 - 2015-9-2

    Download
    Changes
    • Optimization camera
    Storage
    • system: 2048 MB (794/802 MB file system)
    • data: 2GB
    • user: remaining (28300 MB)
    Files (MD5)
    • bootloader: 46660e31ef27f740dd1928b9a381f7af (2.19.06)
    • boot.img: 5eb4efd345a0e0636613c62cedaf7eb9
    • kernel.img: 2e6784d3a855c1d3abf76ff2ce79d10a
    • misc.img: 756c8e2b3ef736c7957b3d537a12c93d
    • recovery.img: 176e2b5d1dd382786edace5398631e59
    • resource.img: f08d4865e88f96a69ebfc232fee7338c
    • system.img: 473c759150b2c434a477a6caed4aeb9a


    v2.0.5 - 2015-10-25

    Download
    Changes
    • no idea -- this was added to the download thread way after 2.0.6 was, and it has an older date


    v2.0.6 - Android 5.1.1 - 2015-11-4

    Download
    Changes
    • seems to be normal app compilation relating to odex (2.0.3-2.0.4 had .odex files with each APK)
    Storage
    • system: 2048 MB (549/564 MB file system)
    • data: 2GB
    • user: remaining (28300 MB)
    Files (MD5)
    • bootloader: 46660e31ef27f740dd1928b9a381f7af (2.19.06)
    • boot.img: 05ef4a019d343da162ed70c954a4a1d1
    • kernel.img: db46f7cbdafdd9dd8b19bd032f8d10ac
    • misc.img: 756c8e2b3ef736c7957b3d537a12c93d
    • recovery.img: 0012bb9c360fd04c0359fb9740e887e6
    • system.img: 8e0cf26777ca0bd5b6910e93d8c96fb3
    • resource.img: 8e0cf26777ca0bd5b6910e93d8c96fb3
    Bugs
    • Netflix won't play video (this seems to be a problem across all of RK3288 devices in 5.1.x)


    Official 2.0.6 "Rice" Firmware (Dev ROMs)

    • Dev 1.0 - Dev 1.4
    • Dev 1.5
    • updates provided by OTA files downloaded from iFive -- I've also saved copies of the OTAs as zip files in the MEGA repository. Unforunately, they are patch files, so you can't really just look at them.
    • Note: this ROM is massively stripped down -- no Google apps of any kind, only Pinyin IME and voice input (although it can still make an English keyboard, just not the standard one)
    Changes (translated)
    • Dev 1.0 (full ROM)
      • Modify shared storage mode to DATA mode, my mother no longer have to worry about data partition is not enough.
      • Modify the CPU frequency is the standard frequency 1.8GHZ (if oil is tested for the presence stuck, the reduced frequency).
      • adjust the volume button on the plus minus and at the same phone.
      • Modify the minimum brightness for night owls to provide benefits.
      • Increase the virtual keys hidden keys.
    • Dev 1.1 (OTA)
      • Modify the OTA upgrade interface
      • Modify the OTA upgrade notification form displayed
    • Dev 1.2 (OTA)
      • Adjust the volume increase button function according to the rotational direction of action
      • Fix skype video call Image rotation issue (volume key rollover needs in Settings -> button Open)
    • Dev 1.3 (OTA)
      • Increase the volume key on wakeup function
      • Recently end beautify taskbar buttons (volume keys need to wake Settings -> button to open the
    • Dev 1.4 (OTA)
      • repair SD card reader question
    • Dev 1.5 (full ROM)
      • use RK latest the SDK (2016-03-21)
      • fit into Dev function
      • increase Omni slide the status bar to adjust the brightness function
      • security patches to upgrade to 2016-03-01
    • Dev 1.6 (OTA)
      • repair voice Caton
      • Remove the orange button topic
      • modify settings for the integration of advanced settings
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    FNF iFive Air 9.7" Tablet
    • CPU: Rockchip RK3288 Quad-core Cortex-A17 processor, 1.8 GHz (seems to be locked to 1.6 GHz for heat/battery concerns without much loss in performance, maybe lower binned processor)
    • GPU: Mali-T764 (or Mali-T760MP4 - 4 core GPU)
    • Screen: 9.7", 2048 x 1536 (4:3), Capacitive, Retina, IPS, 10-point multi-touch
    • Memory: 2 GB DDR3 RAM (not sure if LP or not), 16/32 GB eMMC, microSD, OTG
    • Networking: WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast
    • Camera: 8MP back camera , 2MP front camera
    • Sensors: Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope
    • Battery: 8200mAh
    • Net weight: 534 g / 18.84 oz
    • Size: 240 x 168 x 7.5 mm (review measured at 240 x 168 x 7.8 mm)
    • OS: Android 4.4.4 (RK3288 are supposed to get 5.0, so this device might as well)
    • Rebranded versions: HaierPad 971 in Europe

    Official Links
    Reviews
    iambillbil (Chinese - use your favorite translator -- Chrome built-in or Bing seem to work well, Google Translate is slower)
    Other
    Videos

    Accessories
    Cases
    • There is an "official" case for the tablet -- it's a PU leather flip case in 5 colors (black, white, blue, pink, and gold) that can be found on AliExpress and other similar sites searching for "iFive Air case". There are two brands of the case that can be found -- one with a brown interior with volume holes that seem off to one side based on the pictures. The other one has a gray interior with centered volume holes. I got the gray one and it actually fits quite well. There are some areas that aren't protected well (mostly the lower right corner. I ordered the "black" one, which is actually much more of a dark gray. It actually really looks good with the white front and light gray back. The cutouts match very well (better than it looks in the pictures).
    • iPad Air/iPad 5 cases -- as the dimensions are close (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm), some of those cases might work as long as you take care to get the ones that leave the top part of the tablet exposed for the different port layout -- they may also not work. According to iambillbil in his "Appearance" review, you can use the iPad Air hard plastic and silicone covers as the buttons and cameras line up (although, from his pictures, not quite exactly) but not the Apple shell covers (I assume he means the magnetic attach ones, but I'm not sure). I ordered an iPad Air Origami case from AliExpress. Even thought the dimensions match, the side profile of the tablet is different from the iPad Air, so it didn't fit in the case at all. The case needed the slightly more rounded profile shape.
    • universal 9.7" tablet cases
    Screen Protectors
    • The tablet comes with a screen protector installed. iPad Air protectors should work as well, but they will generally have a cutout for the home button which is unneeded for this tablet.

    ROMS
    Official Firmware
    My Custom ROMs
    CrewRKTablets' ROMs (Thanks Oma!!)
    Custom Recovery (Thanks CrewRKTables!)

    Known Issues and Bugs (All ROMs)
    • moved to separate post

    Tutorials

    Resources

    *** Remember, anything you do to your tablet is AT YOUR OWN RISK -- following any procedure here may result in bricking your device ***
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    Marshmallow AOSP 6.0.1 has landed on iFive Air ;)

    CrewRKTablets RK32 Air MM 6.0.1 build v1.1a

    – stock recovery 5.0.0
    – CrewRKTablets recovery TWRP 2.8.4.0
    – sekernel #33 @ 1.8 GHz
    – unified storage
    – Multi-Windows
    – stagefright patch
    – latest su, su-binary, busybox
    – Reboot Menue



    hints:
    – instructions are included in the download pack
    – to enable development options tap 5 times on build number
    – compatibility: Gameloft games, Viper4AndroidFX, Xposed Framework, Kodi 16.0-RC2
    Oma's favourite apps for MM
    Xposed Framework starter pack

    Be aware: it is your own risk!
    - Oma -
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    Official Firmware Flashing Instructions (Translated)

    This document is included in the official firmware flashing tool, but in Chinese. There are pictures in the document. Here is the translated text (between Google and Bing)

    To get the software to be in English instead of Chinese, go into the config.ini and change the [Language] > Selected value from "1" to "2".

    Step 1: The Pre-Upgrade Considerations
    • Make sure that the tablet has enough power, not in a low power state. (>30% of power)
    • RK3188 RK3288 upgrade tool and can not be universal.
    • Make sure USB debugging is turned off ("Settings > Developer Options > USB debugging " should be unchecked)
    • Make sure USB connection type is set to "Mass Storage"
    • If the connection to the computer automatically switches to upgrade mode fails , reconnect again.
    • Please copy important files to another storage device in advance, the upgrade will format, to prevent loss of important documents.

    Step 2: The Driver Installation
    1. machine turned on, press the switch button 15S, during machine shutdown will be black, but do not let go.
    2. Connect the USB to the computer, and other computer recognizes the device let go (to windows7, for example), as shown below:
      1. If you do not pop up this option, select the desktop or the Start menu, computer / right click My Computer, and select Manage.
      2. After opening management, select the Device Manager, which can be seen when an unknown device.
    3. Driver Installation
      1. Facing the unknown device, right click and select Update Driver Software.
      2. Click the Select Browse my computer for driver software. Note: You can click on the automatic search.
      3. Click Browse and select the location of the driver
        • Upgrade tools folder has a folder Driver, Driver folder contains a version upgrade drive, if your computer system is 64, select X64; if it is 32, select X86, then according to operating system selection.
      4. Pop up whether to install this device software, select Install.
      5. After the installation is complete, in the Device Manager can see the driver Rockusb Device.

    Step 3: Firmware Upgrade
    1. Extract the downloaded iFive Air upgrade kit if not done already.
    2. Open FactoryTool.exe [UpdateTool.exe is referenced in the document but outdated]
    3. Select the "firmware", and select the path of the next firmware.
    4. Check the "repair" option.
    5. Select the "Start" option.
    6. Connect the tablet to the PC via USB
    7. The machine will automatically enter download mode and download the firmware.
    8. After the firmware download is completed, there will be a green icon prompt, unplug the USB cable. (Otherwise the machine will go into upgrade mode). [This is super important, because otherwise it will switch to upgrade mode and keep doing factory resets on the device. until you stop it].
    9. Select "Stop" option, and then exit the upgrade program.
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    I've uploaded all of the betas to my Mega account: https://mega.nz/#F!BNty1C5Q!h__93KyfNwi3sCHX7zWSZg
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