In depth review of the Lenovo Tab P11 and Tab P11 Pro

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Erzi96

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  • Apr 19, 2021
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    the qfil-tool failed and the Rescue and and smart assistance app failed too.. I downloaded everything correctly, but if i hold "volume+" and then plug in, the failure appears... what can i do?
     

    Erzi96

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  • Apr 19, 2021
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    Hey guys ive tried the QFIL method and i get ERROR:function: port_connect: failed to open com port handle with DOWNLOAD FAIL: SAHARA FAIL.
    ive also tried the LMSA method and also get FAIL. Anyone have any solutions. this is driving me crazy.

    Xiaoxin pad pro/lenovo p11 pro here
    Same here...
     

    Erzi96

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  • Apr 19, 2021
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    I asked the seller to not install the ROW ROM, but my request must have been overlooked (or lost in translation – always a risk with AliExpress).

    The first thing I did was to boot the tablet into recovery mode and perform a factory reset. I then turned the tablet off and used LMSA to flash the most recent ROW ROM. These steps probably didn’t serve any purpose – I had no reason to distrust the seller, I just like doing these things for myself (if I’m confident that I can).

    There has been one OTA update since and that went smoothly.
    I would like to do it that way, but after downloading the new ROW-Rom, i follow the steps of the the Rescue-software, but if i hold Volume+ and Plug in, only a fail appeares...
     

    Erzi96

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  • Apr 19, 2021
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    changing usb-port ore usb-cable does not chance anything
    A few post back there are some instructions on some things you have to mark on configuration, i only manage to change my rom after i mark those squares :)
    i have click these checkboxes, but the failure is the same, nothing changed :/
     
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    Erzi96

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    I think I know the problem: If i press Volume + und plug in the cable, first the computer play the sound that an usb-device is plugged in and after a few seconds it polays the sound, that a usb-device is plugged out. And after that sound the Lenovo-Rescue fails and if i try it with qfil Its the same. Why is the tablet doing this at my pc?
     

    zerosignull

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    DONT USE THE LENOVO Rescue and Smart Assistance to upgrade your P11 PRO Chinese version to the latest version. I tried and the software "completed" the update and left me with a tab that would boot loop into fast boot.

    EDIT: The latest version still isnt google play certified :(
    EDIT 2: The system security update is now listed as 5 march 21.

    If, like me, you did that then you need to follow the link as posted by MattySAu to recover the tablet. This also allows you to do the upgrade.


    Gravity Designs instructions reposted:

    tools needed:

    A small new Pad Pro must have 60% and above power
    A PC, Win10 is recommended
    A type-c data cable (the charging cable in the package is fine)
    A flashing tool QPST_2.7.480, download link: https://pan.baidu.com/s/1Pq-LE50p1ztnkMIVnfCM8g Extraction code: cact (both sides include overseas version and mainland version Rom)
    A separate overseas version of Rom (TB-J706F_S210002_201015_ROW), link: https://mirrors.lolinet.com/firmware/lenovo/Tab_P11_Pro/TB-J706F/TB-J706F_S210002_201015_ROW.zip
    ZSL OR download the latest ROM file from https://mirrors.lolinet.com/firmware/lenovo/Tab_P11_Pro/TB-J706F/


    Detailed steps:
    Please put together all of the above, are indispensable
    first is the PC settings:

    Decompress the flashing tool and Rom on the PC side, and put them where you can find them
    Open the decompressed QPST_2.7.480 folder, double-click to install QPST.2.7.480.exe
    ZSL Install the Qualcom USB driver from the ZIP folder tool and OK the Signature warning. You will also be given a radio option as to which type you want to install. Make sure its the bottom of the two .
    ZSL Reboot your PC
    Open the installed QFIL software, click Load Content on the right in Select Meta Build to load contents.xml
    Click on the right side of Storage Type in the lower right corner and select ufs
    Plug one end of the data cable into the PC, and don't connect the other end to the Xiaoxin Pad Pro. At this point, the setting of the PC end is complete!


    Next is the settings of Xiaoxin Pad Pro:

    Shut down
    Press and hold the volume + button, and insert the other end of the data cable connected to the PC into the charging hole until "Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008 (COM3)" appears on the upper part of the QFIL software interface, then release the volume + button

    Back to the PC:

    Click the Download button on the QFIL software interface, until Rom is installed, Xiaoxin Pad Pro will automatically restart.

    Congratulations, you have completed the flashing. At this time, Xiaoxin Pad Pro has successfully flashed the overseas version of Rom, and you can watch Netflix and use Google Family Bucket. Thanks to orchidnoir for the new idea of loading xml, which greatly increases the success rate of flashing~
     
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    Dr.Schall

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    Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
    ...i used Lenovo Smart and Rescue center to update to the newest version of global P11 Pro ROM (S241015_21036_ROW) for my Xiaoxin Pad Pro from China and only having issue because the automatic update did not recognise the correct model version, which is stated as last 3 digits on the back side of the tab. Once i choose the right model manually, upgrade was done correctly and everything works flawless. Now hoping android 11 will be supported soon...
     

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      My Lenovo P11 just received the latest sw update by OTA :)
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      Ones i have received the 11 pro from baangood, i have got the update to 201229 via OTA. I hope that following update will also come...
      Dont want to flash manually for updates.
      Does anybody have the changelog of the new update?
      https://mirrors.lolinet.com/firmware/lenovo/Tab_P11/TB-J606F/ check here
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      Hi guys. I have been followed this thread yesterday. After all few methods that I read from this thread, I decided to do the method QPST/QFIL. I managed to flash international ROM from China/Zui ROM (Mine is Xiaoxin Pad 11 Pro comes with Zui ROM). Here's what I did:

      1. I downloaded software QPST_2.7.480 from this site: https://androidmtk.com/download-qpst-flash-tool
      (here got all versions including the latest version). But I only downloaded version 2.7.480.

      2. I downloaded software QFIL_v2.0.3.5 from this site: https://androidmtk.com/download-qualcomm-flash-image-loader-qfil

      3. I downloaded firmware TB_J706F_S240073_201229_ROW.7z from this site: https://mirrors.lolinet.com/firmware/lenovo/Tab_P11_Pro/TB-J706F/

      4. Once I downloaded these software, I extracted and installed follow detailed steps from this site: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://www.mobile01.com/topicdetail.php?f=605&t=6227500

      5. After installed the QPST software, I reboot my laptop (I use ASUS Rog gaming laptop).

      6. I opened the QFIL software and follow steps form this site: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://www.mobile01.com/topicdetail.php?f=605&t=6227500

      7. I also followed the video from this site during flashing process: https://d4eolryry5fcftjejwqqx6uho4-...libili-com.translate.goog/video/BV1iZ4y1V7uA/

      8. I did not use the stock USB-C cable provided in the package. I use other third party USB-A to USB-C cable.

      9. Voila! After the flashing is done, the tablet automatically rebooted and UI has changed to stock Android international ROM. :D

      10. I setup my tablet and updated latest firmware TB_J706F_S241015_210326_ROW through OTA update.

      11. I did not face any bootloop or any soft brick issue at all.

      Thanks guys for sharing! I noticed that I can installed YouTube Vanced using the international ROM compared to Zui ROM which was not compatible and always force closed. I can use "Hey Google" voice from Google Assistant as well using international ROM compared to Zui ROM which Hey Google is greyed out and not working. For Netflix, it cannot update in the Google Play Store, but I managed to sideloaded in APK Mirror: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/netfl...-100-0-build-11-35439-2-android-apk-download/

      Netflix got Widevine L1 and I can watch in Full HD and Dolby Vision. The display is powerful! :)
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      ...lets hope that some smart devs come into action now to provide whether a lineage custom rom for P11 & P11 Pro based on Android 11 or at least Lenovo provides an update by themselves. I gave Lenovo Service a call to ask if there are any kind of update plans to Android 11 for this device, but they couldn't tell. This missing SW update could be one of the major downers for this tab, because Lenovo doesnt provide good SW support as other companies do. I had several devices from Lenovo in the past and the SW you get from buying the device stays as it is...with only a small exceptions.
      From what I could tell from their support matrix most tabs get one major upgrade and the P11 pro is getting updates until late 2022. The p11 is getting updates till 2023

      Edit: it's 2023 and 2024 for the updates

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      ...i used Lenovo Smart and Rescue center to update to the newest version of global P11 Pro ROM (S241015_21036_ROW) for my Xiaoxin Pad Pro from China and only having issue because the automatic update did not recognise the correct model version, which is stated as last 3 digits on the back side of the tab. Once i choose the right model manually, upgrade was done correctly and everything works flawless. Now hoping android 11 will be supported soon...
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      No one a answer to this?
      Received it in France yesterday. Still not Android 11, only the security patch of March and a few updates.
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      System & UI

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      I bought both the Tab P11 and Tab P11 Pro in China, so they both came with Lenovo’s very own ZUI, a heavily customized skin on top of Android 10. The international editions of these slates will ship with stock Android OS, with only a few twists here and there. I installed the international firmware on the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro for better support for Google apps, but kept ZUI on the standard P11 as it is a gift for my partner, who can’t care less about YouTube or Netflix as he finds enough joy with Chinese counterparts such as bilibili and Watermelon Video.

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      Unfortunately, the Android ecosystem is going towards a direction which is less and less tablet-friendly. Many of the customized tablet applications in Play Store were released years ago and haven’t been updated for a long time. As a result, most of the apps I ran on these tablets were just phone apps blown up to fill tablet screens, and many of these apps only support vertical mode.

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      However, Lenovo has designed ”PC Mode” for its ZUI, and “Productivity Mode” for its international interface, These desktop modes work very much like Samsung’s DeX mode. You will get a taskbar similar to the one on Chrome OS and Windows 10. On the left side of the taskbar are the three classic Android keys: Back, Home and Multi-tasking, you can use them to control the running applications. You will also get a shortcut to open the application drawer. What really makes Productivity Mode/PC Mode so special is their ability to run multiple apps in windows. You can browse through Emails, chat on Skype and watch a movie simultaneously. You will almost feel like you are using Windows instead of Android.

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      Thanks to the keyboard shortcuts and right-click menus, the Tab P11 and P11 Pro feel much more productive than average smartphones and tablets. For instance, you can copy texts from a webpage and instantly paste them into office apps or social networking apps.


      Performance

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      At the core of the Tab P11 Pro is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G chipset, which is built on 8nm process, has an octa-core CPU (4 Cores of Cortex-A76 clocked at 2.2GHz and 4 cores of Cortex-A55 clocked at 1.8GHz) and Adreno 618 GPU. The Tab P11, on the other hand, is powered by an older, and relatively weaker Snapdragon 662 chipset, which is built on 11nm process and also has an octa-core CPU (4 Cores of Cortex-A72 clocked at 2.0GHz and 4 cores of Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.8GHz) and Adreno 610 GPU. Neither of these two processors are real powerhouses, and benchmarks tell the story.

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      To help you better understand the performance of these slates, I also listed the benchmark scores of other midrange and entry-level tablets for comparison.

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      As can be told in the sheets above, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro’s is in the same ballpark with the Kirin 810 powered Huawei Matepad 10.4 when it comes to overall performance, while the Tab P11’s horsepower is on par with other tablets in the same price range.

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      Both the Tab P11 and Tab P11 Pro features the same 128GB UFS2.1 storage, which should be much faster than eMMc drives in terms of speed. In the Androbench test, the P11 and P11 Pro handily beats the Huawei MatePad 10.4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite in terms of Sequential Read Speed, but slightly fall short in Sequential Write Speed.

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      In the real-world use, both tablets can easily handle everyday tablet tasks with ease. I experienced no issues watching videos in the YouTube App, and editing photos in Snapseed at the same time. With that said, the Tab P11 Pro does feel a bit faster opening bigger applications and loading heavier webpages, but differences can only be perceived when I am running the same tasks on them side by side. Each of them feels fast enough for the tasks it is designed for.

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      Intense gaming should not be your main reason to buy an Android tablet, as most games are designed for phones and will be difficult to control on a 10+ inch screen. With that said, both tablets can run most games installed from Play Store without issues, but in order to have a smooth visual experience, you need to use moderate settings in some of the big titles. The Tab P11 has a weaker GPU of the two, but it is still able to run “Arena of Valor” and “PUBG” in mid settings smoothly.


      Cameras

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      Cameras are not something I would be concerned about when choosing a tablet, with that said, I still want them to be as high-quality as possible. Both the P11 and P11 Pro come with a very decent 8MP selfie camera, but only the latter has an infrared camera by the side. The P11 Pro rocks dual rear-facing cameras: a 13MP main sensor and a 5MP ultra-wide lens, while the P11 only has a 13MP main shooter on the back.

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      The quality of their selfie cameras is more than enough for video chatting, and both tablets have the capability of taking clear and color-rich photos with their main camera setup in decent lighting conditions. However, as smartphone cameras are getting so good these days, who really need a 11-inch tablet for photography?



      Battery Life and Charging

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      The Tab P11 features a 7,700mAh Li-Po battery, while the P11 Pro has a larger 8,250mAh battery under the hood. With display brightness and speaker volume both set at 50%, the P11 and P11 Pro lasted 11 hours, 37 minutes and 13 hours, 5 minutes respectively in our battery rundown test in which we played a 1080P local video on loop.

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      Both the P11 and P11 Pro support Qualcomm’s QC3.0 quick charge, and they both come with a 20W wall charger, but only the Snapdragon 730G powered P11 Pro can take full advantage of charging in 20W, the standard P11 only supports 18W charging at maximum.

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      Both tablets can be fully charged (from 0→100%) in around 3 hours.


      Verdict

      With Snapdragon 730G and Snapdragon 662 inside their respective shells, neither the P11 Pro nor the P11 is a powerhouse, but they are not really designed to be the best-performing tablets or break any new grounds. With that said, both tablets get a lot of essential things right. They each comes with a wonderful display, amazing speakers, and offers decent performance and perfect software optimization for everyday entertainment and productivity tasks. For me, they are easy recommendations for anyone who needs a new and affordable Android tablet.
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      The good:
      1. Solid build quality.
      2. Vibrant, clear and sharp display.
      3. MicroSD card support.
      4. Amazing battery life.
      5. Productivity Mode (PC Mode) is good for office tasks.

      The bad:
      1. Performance isn’t the best.
      2. No fingerprint reader on the Tab P11.

      Yes, Android tablet is still a thing in 2020, and we’ve seen a variety of slates being released this year. From solid entry-level slates like the Alldocube iPlay30, to versatile midrange devices like the Honor V6, then to the most cutting-edge powerhouses like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, consumers with different budgets could all find the right tablet for themselves.

      Lenovo released two Android tablets recently: Lenovo Tab P11 and Tab P11 Pro. The Pro Edition was clearly more celebrated because of its fabulous 11.5-inch OLED display, quad JBL speakers and Snapdragon 730G processor. But both of them come with decent specs for their price tags, and have the potential of being real contenders.

      Before we start, I have to say that I bought both tablets, one for myself, and the other for my partner, as they are extremely cheap here in China: the P11 Pro retails for RMB1,999.00 ($305), and the P11 is as cheap as RMB1,299.00($198). So, this review is NOT paid or sponsored in any way, and everything I have written here is based on my real experience.




      Impressive design

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      Both the Tab P11 and Tab P11 pro look neat and elegant. The metallic rear and slim build give the slates an air of luxury.

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      The P11 has bigger bezels, and is also thicker than the P11 Pro does, but both still look like 2020 tablets which could easily blow the Huawei Matepad 10.8 out of the water in terms of aesthetics.

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      The Tab P11 Pro has a frosted aluminum back, which makes it feel much more premium than its tag would suggest. Apart from the Dolby Atomos Logo, the camera lens and LED are the only distractions. It’s incredibly clean, simple, and stylish. The P11’s back side looks a little bit more interesting, as half of it is actually plastic. According to Lenovo, the main goal of this design is to allow better WiFi reception, rather than saving cost.

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      Both tablets have 3 physical buttons: power/standby, volume+, volume-. The power key of the Tab P11 Pro also serves as a fingerprint reader, which makes unlocking the screen a lot easier. Both tablets support 2D face unlock, which is almost as fast as fingerprint recognition, although definitely less secure. The P11 Pro has an infrared camera, which works like a charm in low light conditions. The standard P11 doesn’t have one and, as a result, its front camera often struggles to recognize my partner’s face in low light, and he constantly has to turn to PIN to unlock the screen.

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      Both tablets have a multi-function USB-C port, which can be used for charging, data transmission, video and audio output. The P11 Pro’s Type-C port is of USB3.1 standard, which allows faster data transfer than the USB2.0 Type-C port on the P11. Also, both of them have a MicroSD card slot which supports cards up to 512GB. Neither tablet has a 3.5mm audio jack, if you intend on using wired headphones on them, you will need an adapter. Fortunately, the Tab P11 Pro comes with one, while the cheaper Tab P11 does not.

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      The P11 and P11 Pro each has a pogo pin port on its bottom side, which can be connected to their respective official keyboard case. The tablets also support stylus with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. I haven’t got one yet because both the official pen and keyboards are out of stock in China.

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      The build quality of the Tab P11 Pro is extremely solid, and could even rival much more expensive slates such as the iPad Air 4, the Galaxy Tab S7, and the Huawei MatePad Pro. The P11 does feel less premium than the Pro edition, due to its bigger bezels and slightly thicker body, but it still feels a lot studier than other tablets in the same price range, such as the Honor Pad 6 and Teclast M40.



      Screen and Sound

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      Both tablets have wonderful displays.

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      The Tab P11 Pro sports a gorgeous 11.5-inch OLED display with Dolby Vision and HDR10. Resolution clocks in at 2,560 by 1,600, for 214 pixels per inch (PenTile). With deep, inky blacks and rich colors, the display is really a joy to look at, and the screen has a brightness level of up to 500nit.

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      The Tab P11’s 11-inch, 2000*1200px IPS LCD panel is undoubtedly less impressive when compared to the Pro edition, but it’s still a good-enough display for almost any scenario. Somehow I even find the P11’s display better suited for reading.

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      Both tablets come with quad speakers, but the P11 Pro’s JBL certified speakers are not only louder, but offer deeper bass, fuller and more layered midrange, and brighter treble. With that said, even the built-in speakers of the standard P11 can easily beat average laptops in terms of volume and overall sound quality. Even my HP Elitebook 745G, which sported a Bang&Olufsen speaker, delivers smaller and tinnier sound than the Tab P11.
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      Ones i have received the 11 pro from baangood, i have got the update to 201229 via OTA. I hope that following update will also come...
      Dont want to flash manually for updates.
      Does anybody have the changelog of the new update?
      https://mirrors.lolinet.com/firmware/lenovo/Tab_P11/TB-J606F/ check here
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      Personally, if the P11/P11 Pro is available locally then I would buy it locally. The lack of Play Protect Certification for the XiaoXin Pad Pro/XiaoXin Pad isn’t really much of issue now but it could be in 6 months, or a year from now. If, over time, as more Android devices meet certain security criteria, Google/app developers may step up restrictions. I don’t know if or when that will happen; as intentions aren’t completely clear to me. It seems as though the TB-J606F_PRC and TB-J706F_PRC *should* be certified and I can’t find any clear information as to why they aren’t.

      For now, only certain apps (like Netflix) require sideloading (they can’t be installed/updated/viewed on the Play Store). Allegedly, some banking apps won’t work at all without Play Protect Certification.

      Below is the process that I followed for the XiaoXin Pad Pro TB-J706F_PRC (the chinese version of the Tab P11 Pro). I believe the same process can be applied to the XiaoXin Pad TB-J606F_PRC (the chinese version of theTab P11).

      What I did:
      • I booted the device into recovery mode, performed a factory reset and turned the device off (please note that these particular steps are likely not necessary, it’s just what I did).
      • I downloaded and installed LMSA (Lenovo Motorola Rescue and Smart Assistant). I believe Windows 10 and/or a PC with reasonably up to date hardware may be required to use LMSA successfully. https://support.lenovo.com/uk/en/downloads/ds101291-rescue-and-smart-assistant-lmsa
      • I then clicked on the Rescue tab and choose the “Power-off Mode” recovery option and selected the Tab P11 Pro TB-J706F (select the Tab P11 TB-J606F if you have the XiaoXin Pad). The HW Code can be found on the back of the tablet.
      • The program should then offer to download the latest firmware. Once downloaded, select the firmware, click on “Rescue Now”, and then follow the instructions. The process may take a while.
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      Great review Jupit3r, thank you. (y)

      I would also be interested in learning how to install the international ROM. I've tried once using the Qfil tool, but it beat me. How did you do it?
      Also, I'm typing thisnon the Chinese Xiaoxin Pad Pro model of this tablet right now, and I can't get over how grainy text appears on this screen. Noticeably worse than my 4 year old Asus tablet when reading. I thought this screen would be amazing, and I'm considering returning it. Did you experience this at all?

      You can use Lenovo’s Rescue & Smart Assistant (LMSA) software to flash the P11 Pro firmware. I chose the “Power-off Mode Rescue” option > https://support.lenovo.com/uk/en/downloads/ds101291/ . LMSA can download the firmware but you can also manually download it from here > https://mirrors.lolinet.com/firmware/lenovo/Tab_P11_Pro/TB-J706F/

      I’ve seen some issues reported with LMSA (seems to be related to having older versions of Windows and/or hardware). If you want to try again with QPST/ QFIL, then this (Google translated) thread is the best information I can find > https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://www.mobile01.com/topicdetail.php?f=605&t=6227500

      However, the tablet has a different serial number format to the international models and will be identified as a TB-J706F_PRC. The only consequence I’ve noticed (so far) is the need to sideload Netflix, as Google Play lists Netflix as “no longer compatible”. The reason why is perhaps important to note: the Xiaoxin Pad Pro’s “Play Protect Certification” status is “Device Not Certified”. I haven’t found other apps (so far) that refuse to install or work however. Some apps may stop working and/or won’t update in the future though, if app developers choose, or or are forced, to implement this (a CTS profile check).

      The other issue I’ve noticed is that the tablet sometimes seems to think my finger is an active pen, if I use it when charging and I'm not holding it. This sort of problem (picking up taps as swipes etc. while charging) isn’t unique to this device though. This issue doesn’t really bother me, other than the fact it may indicate further issues down the track (depending on what the exact cause is, I gather).

      The lack of Google Play certification makes it hard to recommend buying the Xiaoxin Pad Pro, if the intention is to flash the international ROM. Aside from the two issues above, I really like this tablet - I much prefer the close to stock Android experience, compared to what Samsung do (for example).

      I haven’t noticed the font to be particularly bad – but maybe my eyes aren’t as good as yours. Have you tried changing the display and/or font size?
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