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Question International ROM for XIAOXIN PAD PRO 2021 unlikely?

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SomeOneX

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Can now be ordered with Global Rom.
 

mardon85

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If that is the case where does one download and install the global ROM??

Also what does not OTA updates mean?? I'd want OTA updates for Android Security Patches.
 

SomeOneX

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Sadly I can not tell you that. The shop offers this Global Rom (including Google Playstore) as an option. I know the shop. Have ordered there many times. But I don't know where they got this ROM from either.
 

mardon85

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Interesting. I mean my pad has updated fine. Disney+ and Netflix in FHD. I'm pretty happy with it now.
I guess it would be useful for none english speaking countries.

The only thing its lacking now is FHD Prime and Dolby Vision Approval for netflix, both of which wont be happening.

I looked at the Samsung Tab S7+ and even that doesn't support HDR in Disney Plus.
 

tsoureki

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Interesting. I mean my pad has updated fine. Disney+ and Netflix in FHD. I'm pretty happy with it now.
I guess it would be useful for none english speaking countries.

The only thing its lacking now is FHD Prime and Dolby Vision Approval for netflix, both of which wont be happening.

I looked at the Samsung Tab S7+ and even that doesn't support HDR in Disney Plus.
All fine with the L1? Is it safe to update? How is ram management with zui? Is 6gb enough?
 

Fredddi43

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Does anyone know where to get the Stock CN ROM? My tablet is super buggy and I need to try a reflash.
 

sakun-ice

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Banggood now ships the tablet with international rom. I am waiting to receive mine. I don't know where they find an international rom 😂
It's so difficult to find a Lenovo rom 😂
It is important to clarify that a global version is not an international version. The version that Banggood is shipping is a global version with Playstore installed but it does not have OTA support. Likewise, can you write here when the tablet arrives? To clarify everything.
 

mardon85

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My version from Giztop came with play store and has done OTA updates no problem.
I'm actually really happy with it now. It's not something I'd recommend to people that aren't fairly tech savy though.
 

fazioso

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sorry guys.... im interested.....
id like to buy from banghood....im from eu .... and they assured me that the iva and duties has already pay in advance..... can i trust them?
cause 400 euro for tablet is a lot.... and i dont want to add another 100 in tax....

also banghood sell global versione as it seems?

thanks
 

mardon85

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sorry guys.... im interested.....
id like to buy from banghood....im from eu .... and they assured me that the iva and duties has already pay in advance..... can i trust them?
cause 400 euro for tablet is a lot.... and i dont want to add another 100 in tax....

also banghood sell global versione as it seems?

thanks
I purchased from Giztop to the UK and paid for the top shipping. There was no import duty.
If you need it in another language than English just get it from there. You can get 2% off (which helps with postage) if you sign up for the news letter.

I can't help with bangood. I have no experience of them.
 

y2k

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I purchased from Giztop to the UK and paid for the top shipping. There was no import duty.
If you need it in another language than English just get it from there. You can get 2% off (which helps with postage) if you sign up for the news letter.

I can't help with bangood. I have no experience of them.
So, your device is installed with global firmware(unofficial but modified). The bootloader must be unlocked and widevine must be widevine L3. Am I right? I will get mine next week. Can I just fastboot to relock the bootloader so as to get L1 back?
 

y2k

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I purchased from Giztop to the UK and paid for the top shipping. There was no import duty.
If you need it in another language than English just get it from there. You can get 2% off (which helps with postage) if you sign up for the news letter.

I can't help with bangood. I have no experience of them.
So, your device is installed with global firmware(unofficial but modified). The bootloader must be unlocked and widevine must be L3. Am I right? I will get mine next week. Can I just fastboot to relock the bootloader so as to get L1 back?
 

mardon85

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No mine is flashed with the official rom. It only has English and Chinese language installed. It has the Google store and will OTA update.
 

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    When did I say it wasn't bright? Both panels have perfectly acceptable brightness levels.

    I have spent more time with my 2021 Pad Pro as my 12.6 had to go back to China for a reflash.
    In that time i've established a few things.

    The dirty screen effect is an issue but not one I see day to day anymore.

    The biggest problem I was encountering was the black crush in dark scenes of films. I've actually found out what the issue is. I use JustPlayer for all my content as it will play all HDR containers inc Dolby Vision. What I was noticing is the video plays fine for about 1 to 2 seconds then the brightness/contrast changes and it is at this point that the images turns to trash. I have discovered if I set the screen to 60Hz this no longers occurs.
    Since i've made this change when watching media i'm actually pretty pleased with the Pad Pro 2021 and value wise it is absolutely the best tablet on the market.

    However... The E4 panel in the 12.6 is hands down better in all scenarios to my eyes. In high bitrate files around red objects the 11" would look pixelated and distorted. (I will try and capture this). This does not occur on the 12.6, I also found the 12.6 to be brighter in HDR.

    Colour vibrancy (with all settings between the two tablets equal) the E4 panel is greatly increased. Images and video pop much more.

    Pentile or otherwise the 12.6 screen is sharper. I don't know why as the PPI is actually lower on the 12.6 but it is clearly (excuse the pun) sharper.

    I should be getting it back tomorrow. I'll try and capture some of the examples (if possible) side by side.

    Something to note, it seems your comparing a Samsung S6 E4? I belive even the S7+ has a dimmer panel than the e4 in the Pad Pro 12.6 (P12 Pro) so your results although interesting are not valid against this newer tablet imo.
    It was the message in between yours #13 that referred to low brightness, (my bad).
    as sustained +600nits certainly ain't too shabby on an OLED-based tablet.
    I am able to go a tad higher on Samsung E4 1600p AMOLED panel, but only if I flood the light-sensor and trigger the short sunburst-effect.
    but as a plain slider brightness (sustained), the Xiaoxin actually goes higher than Samsung on the brightness slider.
    If you can try to measure the brightness on the P12pro.
    I don't know if you got a bad batch on your P11pro2021 and, your definitely not alone with the phrase "Pentile display" - many reviewers on YT.. uses that phrase on this Xiaoxin but when asked under their videos' if they actually know what pentile display is and why they conclude that its a pentile display on the Xiaoxin, . its mostly silence or "I have heard it from another YT'er".

    btw, I also have an LG 2017 4K OLED (55"), so that black crushing you are referring to, I would be able to replicate if you show some examples.
    Here is a WOLED grid on that 2017 4K LG OLED.
    precarious that LG's 4K WRGB OLED grid arrays still only let 3 of the 4 WRGB subpixels be lit a once. (not sure if that limitation is still the case on the newer WRGB OLED panels for TVs from LG display, but I reckon it is)
    - below macro is at the same resolution as on the Samsung E4 1600p AMOLED and the 1600p OLED macro view in the above-posted vid, so it gives a good indication of how big the WRGB is OLED pixels are on these 4K TVs in regards to the OLED RGB pixels on tablets.

    I haven't noticed any black crushing on my Xiaoxin and also have access to two Samsung E4 OLED panels.. the 10.5" 1600P in fx Tab S6 and the 12.4" in Tab s7+.. not sure what panel are in the P12pro as that one is obviously bigger 12.6" then S7+ that is 12.4" but it is labeled as an E4 AMOLED so same gen as the 10.5" and the 12.4"
    as mentioned some things the Xiaoxin 1600p OLED panel does better then Samsung E4 gen with its blue stripe AMOLED, and in some aspects, the Samsung does better.
    fx if I put a test pattern with very fine lines beside each other.. I see more dirty screen effects on the Xiaoxin than I do on the Samsung E4 panel.

    If you can' try and take the app "Screen test pro" on both and go into screen color test and put the brightness slider on max with the setting "brightness enhancement" active and do the same on the P12pro, and take a side by side picture.
    If you see the same effect, on the P12pro 12.6" E4 AMOLED panel, as I do and they are worse in reproducing "red", than the OLED panel in Xiaoxin.
    here is a 10.5" 1600p Samsung AMOLED panel on the left, found in fx the 2020 flagship S6 and Xiaoxin 11.5" 1600p OLED on the right both with the app screen test pro and color slides.
    Samsung E4panels often choke into orange.



    I also wondered about the p12pro as that unit was up for sale' when I went for Xiaoxin p11pro, though the p12pro keyboard and accessories like stylus were not present at that time.
    but in my mind, the p12pro made little sense as it was so much more expensive.
    I really didn't need another big Android tablet, now that all my older books also run Android, like Surface Book2 and the 2x Porsche Books,.. that are 13.5" and 7mm thin and weigh around 700g and works well as huge Android tablets, though sadly not OLED..

    The Xiaoxin P11pro2021 was facepalm good value around singles day and BF and still is and was actually very close to CN sale prices, so wicked good value not least here from Denmark with tax + 25% danish VAT, and often results in some of the world's highest consumer prices and overall livingcost.
    Fx on Lenovo DK official atm.. the older P11pro 730G 60HZ from 2020 cost from 4299 DKK (+655 USD) and thats the base wifi entry version 128GB, so quite high prices here on somewhat dated 2020 hardware, when the older 2020 variant is almost double the price of the P11pro2021.

    Also wondered about the Mi pad5 and the Mi pad5pro and were close to take the plunge on the Mi pad5 when that unit was on early bird-sale at 299Euro - and glad I didnt as that is almost the same price as what you could get the P11pro2021 for at these singles day or BF sale, - and I certainly prefer the keyboard-cover for the Xiaoxinp11pro2021 with the trackpad and the magnetic kickstand where Mi pad5 (and also its Pro version) uses that grove-variant. without any trackpad.
    Went for the P11pro2021 and the keyboard (both from Giztop) and the folio-cover from Lenovo Denmark as they had it for around 16 euro with free shipping (seems it comes from England) and that was less. then what I could find it at' from abroad.

    btw does any of yours P11pro2021 weigh the claimed 485g.. mine is 492g.

    To make it clear, the Samsung Tab 7+ uses a 12.4". E4 AMOLED panel. the Samsung Tab S6 (Samsung 2020 flagship) is the same also an E4 AMOLEDbut in 10.5".
    The Xiaoxin P12pro. is 12.6" so a tad bigger than the S7+ panel, but P12pro is also on the old E4 panel, so pretty sure you will get the same results, as the other E4 blue-stripe AMOLED panels found in S6 and S7+.
    also why I referred to testing fx an all-red slide on max brightness' when you have both devices P11pro2021 and P12pro, as the E4 AMOLED-grid array's red-subpixels is a tad smaller' than the red subpixels in the Xiaoxin (see the first video in #131), and could be why the red-colors are worse on Samsung's E4 AMOLED panels. (more orange tone)

    Samsung is just now finally elevating to a new generation of AMOLED panels (finally).. their so-called E5 generation, but as I wrote above. I don't know if the new Tab S8+ and Tab S8ultra that are about to land in 1q 2022 is with that new generation of E5 AMOLED panels, though it would surprise me if it ain't.

    I have had some problems with the charging on my unit.. where it will not charge and just give a message "cant charge right now" and you are quite puzzled.. as it doesn't give any explanation, and you left with a ??.. okay tablet, but when does it then suit you to charge.!!

    I hard-rebooted mine, and then it charged fine but precarious experience..
    btw..it seems you have been able to take OTA updates without loosing your L1 .. is that the case for others, that are on the P11pro2021 native CN/ENG rom, or have other people lost that L1 widewine by using OTA?

    //
    I checked the display for use of DC dimming, and it indeed makes use of DC dimming.
    have waveform video on a Micsig ST1104C scope.
    Also noted a 144hz bug on the display setting front page (below) though havent installed any OTA updates so far, still, on the OS revision, it arrived with.

    I'm quite impressed with the sound-- out of the box. Its 4x JBL-labeled Atmos speakers don't sound good, it gets way better if you activate the "Atmos" feature, but my Samsung's AQK quad speakers still sound a tad better, but If I go into the 10-band Atmos EQ, I can get very close to the AGK Atmos quad-speaker quality from Samsung that IMO is the best on tablets these years. (certainly not bad quad-speakers in the Xiaoxinp11pro2021, but it takes a little work to finetune it in the Atmos 10band EQ)

    Also like Lenovo's landscape feature where it flips apps, to landscape-view, quite useful when you use keyboard and trackpad)
    Same with the swipe feature, and something I like a lot on Samsung tablets, where you can swipe from the sides, happy to see that on the Xiaoxin. but maybe it is a native feature on Android but quite useful..- same is the feature to jump between current apps you have open, by making a half-circle from below..

    The microSD card reader supports up to 1TB, and I tried to test the speed with one of these cheap new Aliexpress Samsung cards-
    It seems to max out just under 90MBs read and just under 80MBs write. (128GB Samsung Evo+ white)
    also tried with one of the other in Samsung's new line micro SDcard.. the blue Samsung pro 256GB, and it was the same speeds on the Xiaoxin p11pro2021, so it seems to be the max.
    IMO the new Samsung Evo+ (white version). more or less same as the old Evo+ (red) and the new Samsung Pro blue, it matches my Sandisk extreme pro when testing on laptops.
    Samsung does label this blue Samsung Pro with 160MB read and 120MB write but was not able to get those readings, on a thunderbolt3 TypeC port on Porsche Book with a TypeC 3.0 pr 3.1 SD card reader.. perhaps if I use a USB3.2 reader, though, at around 45USD delivered for 256GB with incl. danish 25%VAT, it's not a bad value these blue Samsung Pro cards with MicroSD card speeds around Sandisk extreme pro.
    but the Samsung Evo+ (red or the white version), is still the best bang for the buck MicroSD cards as those you can get at around 15USD.
    A1 app microSD card test with white 128GB Samsung Evo+

    cards https://i.imgur.com/NgioSIA.jpg

    The UFS3.1 system drive.

    Netflix specs.

    Antutu run.

    Audio codecs

    The cameras are nothing to write home about, it got 4, two in the back and two in the front..but I don't know which CMOS sensors Lenovo is using, but the Lenovo camera app is utter garbage and third-party apps didn't seem to elevate any higher res on video then the 1080p30 that is low (2mpix) for a 13mpix sensor..
    So Its a mixed bag, and the overall Lenovo software and the camersa, leave a lot to be desired, but all the other things..gives a flagship vibe, and with the price in mind, its in my view the best bang for the buck Android tablet - in the second half of 2021.

    I hope OS13 is being channeled through the OTA channel, at a given point and not only as a manually install..
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    Anyone answer me please
    Dear 3bo0od, I bought the Xiaoxin pro pad 2021 from Giztop last month (actually typing on it right now) and it has the China - translated English ROM on it. I can install all apps on it (Google, Play etc.) and now even use if for work (with all the Microsoft apps installed on it). The English translation is ok, but as a near-native English speaker there are some funny translations noticable.

    With regards to L1 for Netflix, I can confirm it runs HD quality on Netflix without issues. When I got it, it had 2 updates ready which I installed after 2 days of waiting. It simply updated Android and I still have L1 with Netflix. I will see if I can take a screenshot later.

    As a European user, I was tempted to buy the P12 European tablet (not sure if it is available already) due to the ROM and English-translation issues. But honestly, the tablet runs great and the price on Giztop was fine. Better than Banggood if you want the keyboard with it as well.
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    We took a slight gamble getting a tablet with these specs for £350. It's not the end of the world. The OLED screen is OK. Bright scenes are fine but shadows are massively crushed and dark screen uniformity is horrendous. Also no global ROM with widevine level 1. No massive issue if your native language is English as the Chinese rom is totally fine.

    In hindsight you'd be better off trying to get a better deal on an Samsung Tab S7+ with better AMOLED screen and Native HDR support in nexflix.

    On this screen dolby Vison is no better than normal HDR. Losing to go the Samsung is no great loss.

    The P12 Pro with its Amold screen with chinese and global varient looks the safer bet.
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    Yeah that's the 2020 version. We're talking about the 2021 version which does not have an international version.
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    Ive been using this tab for a couple of days. The ROM is just a cleaned-up Chinese one, it has English language and gapps. However, the only major problem is that ZUI doesn't let apps from google store function in the background, as a result, all the messengers, e-mail apps, youtube, etc, basically all the apps that should notify you about anything don't do it. If you're working in the app and shortly after you've closed it - yes, you'll get a notification, but not after it has been cleared from the memory. It is not the first time a Chinese ROM behaves this way, so maybe anyone has some suggestions?