Onda V972 Allwinner A31 Quad Core 9.7inch Retina IPS Screen Dual Camera Tablet PC

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KnieveI

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Hi all. I want to buy a fresh new tablet for my nephew. So classical no-expert use (games, media, browsing).
I would buy this tablet from Aliexpress links, but reading this thread i'm a bit worried.

Is it a good tablet or not? And can you suggest me some other good product around this price?

On the V972 battery is very bad ,the speaker to. Camera and screen are very good, and with last software the tablet is pretty ok. The overall quality is very nice.
Playing Real Racing on V972 is just awsome and it has a very strong gpu.
But the high resolution makes it not as snappy as tablets with lower resolutions.

Tablets with RK3188 seems stronger than A31. But my tablets with RK3188 doesent score higher than A31 when both running at 1ghz. So if we can get a higher clock on A31 it would be a very good choice with its premium gpu.

I would suggest the Pipo M9. Just love it. It has a powerfull cpu, very bright an sensitive screen. Good camera and the best speakers ive got on a tablet. Its very light and snappy to use. Stock software brilliant when rooted an debloated.
So if retinascreen isnt a must, this is it.

Thanks
Knievel
 
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Diomorgan

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why still a "test" and non Test Version?
Than, about V972vs V973:

V973
Onda V973 Quad Core Weight: 649g
Onda V973 Quad Core Size: 242*187.5*8.48mm
Battery : Li-Poly 8500mAh

Onda V972 Quad Core Weight: 649g
Onda V972 Quad Core Size: 242*187.5*9.8mm
Battery : Li-Poly 8000mAh

I think this time they stopped with the "V1, V2, V3" and just renamed the tablet.
500mAh an 1,32mm for €30 euros of difference it's an honest price.

I don't think 500mAh will save mi life, my Memo Pad 10 drain very fast too, but have GREAT SOUND and is VERY LIGHT compared to my Onda!
 

aryanitinkumar

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Hello and thanks for sharing. Do you know what's new with this update? Any link i can go to? Thanks:highfive:

Flashed it.......its a consolidated improvement release to the original released!!
Tabs more fluid for sure!! Well still experimental ~ test................. b patient for the final release!!!
 

bazk123

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load firmware on pheonix suite,make sure tablet is off.Hold down home button and plug in usb,while still holding home press on/off 10 to 20 times,download should begin.press yes to format and install.

Has a newbie to tablets & my first & I picked the onda v972 after reading so many reviews, pros & cons with all I settled with this, very nice, much cheaper than IP*D etc.

I to had some difficulty with up-dating from 4.1.1 to 4.2.2 (not beta), but xda as some great reads, & you guys helped me out greatly, thank you. The above is the way to up-grade.. :good:
 

Rajata

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Flashed it.......its a consolidated improvement release to the original released!!
Tabs more fluid for sure!! Well still experimental ~ test................. b patient for the final release!!!

Ok thanks a lot for the info. I will wait for the final release then ::highfive:
 

yrag

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why still a "test" and non Test Version?
Than, about V972vs V973:

V973
Onda V973 Quad Core Weight: 649g
Onda V973 Quad Core Size: 242*187.5*8.48mm
Battery : Li-Poly 8500mAh

Onda V972 Quad Core Weight: 649g
Onda V972 Quad Core Size: 242*187.5*9.8mm
Battery : Li-Poly 8000mAh

I think this time they stopped with the "V1, V2, V3" and just renamed the tablet.
500mAh an 1,32mm for €30 euros of difference it's an honest price.

I don't think 500mAh will save mi life, my Memo Pad 10 drain very fast too, but have GREAT SOUND and is VERY LIGHT compared to my Onda!

I went to ibuyla.com and purchased two 6000mah batteries to replace the original 4000mah ones.
Now get 7 hours of use from a full charge.
Very happy with v972 now.
 

oodles1916

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Guys, after the 4.2 update my only gripe now is battery life, how big a job would it be for an amateur to upgrade the battery? I wonder is there any tutorials out there...

Sent from my V972 Core4 using xda app-developers app
 

yrag

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Guys, after the 4.2 update my only gripe now is battery life, how big a job would it be for an amateur to upgrade the battery? I wonder is there any tutorials out there...

Sent from my V972 Core4 using xda app-developers app


go to http://www.htcmania.com/showthread.php?t=584663

use google translate and follow the steps

the 2 x 6000mah batteries are available at ibuyla.com look for v972
the replacements will be 4.5 x 95 x 105 mm
 

oodles1916

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Thanks for the response, looks like there would be soldering involved which is beyond my ken unfortunately :( Shame

Sent from my V972 Core4 using xda app-developers app
 

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From what I can see this isn't rooted, Titanium is complaining about lack of root access, had a nosey around Security setting and nothing obvious for setting Root.

This version of 4.2.2 is NOT rooted. If you want a rooted version then go here and get the Kastyonda version by Arctablet.

Personally, I found that the unrooted "test" version ran better for me than the KastyOnda rooted version. I saw yesterday that the China site that has been running the test version for download for V1 devices has removed the "test" from the title and it is now just v1-v4.2.2. The "test" designation is still on the v2 version. So, maybe Onda is getting close to delivering the upgrade. I am assuming that when it is delivered that it will be rooted and all you will need to do is install one of the SuperUser apps to activate root. All the other upgrades for the last 2 months have been rooted.

Regarding the test v4.2.2 that is available, they say that this app will root the v972, but I haven't been able to get it to work. Traditionally, this app has been used to root Rockchip devices like the RK3066 and RK3188. It may be that my office network is causing the problem as the app has to download some scripts in the process and am thinking our firewall is stopping it. Try it on your home computer and it might work. Going to try it tonight. This app is in Chinese, but you can figure it out just like the earlier Phoenix tool. Supposedly, just click the "root" button after getting a good connection to your v972 (USB Debugging must be checked in "Developer Options" settings) and it will root the tablet. Folks over on HTCMania.com are using it.

Here's the download link for this app.
 

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This version of 4.2.2 is NOT rooted. If you want a rooted version then go here and get the Kastyonda version by Arctablet.

Personally, I found that the unrooted "test" version ran better for me than the KastyOnda rooted version. I saw yesterday that the China site that has been running the test version for download for V1 devices has removed the "test" from the title and it is now just v1-v4.2.2. The "test" designation is still on the v2 version. So, maybe Onda is getting close to delivering the upgrade. I am assuming that when it is delivered that it will be rooted and all you will need to do is install one of the SuperUser apps to activate root. All the other upgrades for the last 2 months have been rooted.

Regarding the test v4.2.2 that is available, they say that this app will root the v972, but I haven't been able to get it to work. Traditionally, this app has been used to root Rockchip devices like the RK3066 and RK3188. It may be that my office network is causing the problem as the app has to download some scripts in the process and am thinking our firewall is stopping it. Try it on your home computer and it might work. Going to try it tonight. This app is in Chinese, but you can figure it out just like the earlier Phoenix tool. Supposedly, just click the "root" button after getting a good connection to your v972 (USB Debugging must be checked in "Developer Options" settings) and it will root the tablet. Folks over on HTCMania.com are using it.

Here's the download link for this app.


It can be rooted using this new tool .http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2240285.
I have tried and it worked like a charm.
 

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    Updated collection of Onda V972 ROMs

    Official ROMs

    Version 1.35
    Download: Official Site | Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release date: March 9, 2013
    Size: 298 MB
    Description:
    - Improved stability of the system
    - Improved file system mount options
    - Space for the application restored to 2 GB
    - Improvements in the function of OTA updates
    - Fixes an issue in which some device is not held firmware

    Version 1.33
    Download: Official Site | Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release date: February 28, 2013
    Size: 296 MB
    Description:
    - Comes with a Root-rights, set SuperSU. from Market
    - Improved system stability, bug fixes
    - Solved the problem in the application noise Wechat 4.5 Talking
    - Fixed a problem with the applications listed in section 2 GB?
    - Fixed update OTA
    - Fixed a problem installing the firmware on some Soup
    - Improved audio settings, equalizer settings - Bass Boost and 3D-effect

    Version 1.32
    Download: Official Site | Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: 5 of February 2013
    Size: 293 MB
    Description:
    - No Root
    - Improved system stability, bug fixes
    - Updated the Camera application
    - The function of the burst in the Camera application with setting 10 \ s
    - Improved settings display \ color
    - Added intellectual illumination
    - Removed the ability to shoot 1080P video back camera
    - Removed the ability to charge via USB when connected to PC

    Version 1.21
    Download: Official Site | Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: 4 of February 2013 (Now that ROM remowed from Official Site, but still on fileshare)
    Size: 342 MB
    Description:
    - No Root
    - Improved system stability, some bug fixes

    Version 1.2
    Download: Official Site | Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: 16 of January 2013
    Size: 296 MB
    Description:
    - No Root
    - Fixed a problem with the front camera, when it was 0.3 megapixels instead of 2.0
    - Improvements in the interface and application icons
    - Improving the quality of photos
    - Added the ability to shoot back camera 1080P video
    - Improved system response
    - Increased stability of the system

    Version 1.1 Beta
    Download: Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: 12 of January 2013 (Now deleted from site and fileshare)
    Size: 301 MB
    Description:
    - Comes with a Root
    - Fixed a problem with the front camera, when it was 0.3 megapixels instead of 2.0
    - Improved quality of photos
    - Added the ability to shoot back camera 1080P video
    - Improved system response

    Version 1.02
    Download: Official Site | Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: 31 of December 2012
    Size: 274 MB
    Description:
    - Comes with a Root-rights
    - At the moment is not relevant


    Custom ROMs

    Kasty Onda v972 41 v135 rooted
    Download: Mega | Ya.Disk
    This custom firmware is based on the official firmware version 1.35
    Release Date: March 9, 2013
    Size: 264 MB
    Key features:
    - Comes with a Root-rights, SuperSU 1.25 (free version)
    - The default language is English
    - Removed the majority of Chinese and unnecessary applications
    - Improved compatibility of applications in Google Play
    - Added ArcTools application for easy installation CWM recovery

    Kasty Onda v972 41 v133 rooted
    Download: Mega | Ya.Disk
    This custom firmware is based on the official firmware version 1.33
    Release Date: March 1, 2013
    Size: 261 MB
    Key features:
    - Comes with a Root-rights, SuperSU 1.20 (free version)
    - The language of the default English
    - Removed the majority of Chinese and unnecessary applications
    - Improved compatibility of applications in Google Play
    This firmware is available for applications 2 GB (section / data)

    Kasty Onda v972 41 v132 rooted
    Download: Arctablet Site | Mega
    Release Date: 7 of February 2013
    Size: 260 MB
    Description:
    - Root with latest SuperSU 1.04 (free version)
    - System default setup English
    - Removed most Chinese and unnecessary applications
    - Google Play Store fixes so more application are visible/compatible

    Lost World 1.2
    Download: Mega | Baidu
    Release Date: March 12, 2013
    Size: 239 MB
    Description:
    - Based on the official firmware version 1.35
    - Comes with a Root-rights

    Canary Rom v1.0 by Nuazet
    Download:Mega | Uploaded
    Release Date: March 17, 2013
    Size: 278 MB
    Description:
    - Based on the official firmware version 1.35
    - Comes with a Root-rights
    - Deodexed
    - Zipaligned
    - The core is stock
    - Performance Improvements
    - Changes in the speed and stability
    - Changes in energy saving
    - Improved sound and Sony xLOUD CLEARBASS
    - Removed Chinese applications
    - The stock Launcher and Nova Launcher
    - Changed Butanimatsiya
    - Multiple skins

    SuperNova 3.1
    Download: Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: March 13, 2013
    Size: 280 MB
    Key Features:
    - Based on the official firmware version 1.35
    - Deodexed
    - Comes with a Root-rights
    - Zipaligned
    - Installing apps from the folder data / app
    - Supports startup scripts
    - Tweaks build.prop:
    * Improved system for WiFi connection
    * Initial Configuration Menu
    * Improved memory management
    * Changes in the file Platform.xml, to allow the record to MicroSD
    * DPI to 264 for display
    * Change the permissions required for compatibility of some applications to Play Market
    * Improved video playback: continuous recording 1080p
    * Disable some acceleration features 3D GPU, for all applications that do not need to increase the autonomy
    Removed regular launcher because of its instability

    SuperNova 3.0
    Download: Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: March 9, 2013
    Size: 280 MB
    Key Features:
    - Based on the official firmware version 1.35
    - Deodexed
    - Comes with a Root-rights
    - Zipaligned
    - Installing apps from the folder data / app
    - Supports startup scripts
    - Tweaks build.prop:
    * Improved system for WiFi connection
    * Initial Configuration Menu
    * Improved memory management
    * Changes in the file Platform.xml, to allow the record to MicroSD
    * DPI to 264 for display
    * Change the permissions required for compatibility of some applications to Play Market
    * Improved video playback: continuous recording 1080p
    * Disable some acceleration features 3D GPU, for all applications that do not need to increase the autonomy
    * Removed regular launcher because of its instability

    SuperNova 2.0
    Download: Mega | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: March 2, 2013
    Size: 282 MB
    Key Features:
    - Based on the official firmware version 1.33
    - Deodeksirovana
    - Comes with a Root-rights
    - Zip-optimized
    - Installing apps from the folder data / app
    - Supports startup scripts
    - Tweaks build.prop:
    * Improved system for WiFi connection
    * Initial Configuration Menu
    * Improved memory management
    * Changes in the file Platform.xml, to allow the record to MicroSD
    * DPI to 264 for display
    * Improved video playback: continuous recording 1080p
    * Disable some acceleration features 3D GPU, for all applications that do not need to increase the autonomy

    SuperNova 1.0
    Download: Mega | GDrive | Ya.Disk
    Release Date: 15 of February 2013
    Size: 343 MB
    - Based on the official firmware version 1.32
    - Deodex
    - Comes with a Root-rights
    - Installed as a zip-archive
    - Changed Build.prop: The device is identified as a Nexus 7 in Google Play Market
    - Improved Wi-Fi subsystem
    - By default selected Spanish language
    - Improved memory management
    - Returned to the ability to record video in 1080p


    ROOTs:

    ROOT_Core4 - First Chinese ROOT for Device
    ROOT_Limpieza_Logo_V3 - This script, created by the Spanish user in the vast htcmania not only ROOT device, but also removes the (retaining a backup) Chinese application, and also sets the Nova Launcher. And also changes Boot Animation.
    ROOT_Limpieza_Logo_V3.1 - Like not replace standard launcher, only install Nova, also removes icons of Chinese applications from the desktop, as they start up with some errors.
    Onda_Allwinner_A31_root_v1_0 - Script from arctablet, alteration of the previous (not install Nova and do not change the boot animation).


    Recovery:

    CWM Recovery Onda v971 and V972 - The first version of the most famous modified porting recovery giving far more opportunities than with the stock. It has a problems with 32GB versions. How to install .
    5
    ROM list updated!

    Updated a ROMs list with new official and custom ROMS. Add a Mega and Ya.Disk mirrors for every ROM.
    4
    imgRePacker

    I added support for PhoenixSuite image forrmat into imgRePacker (2.03)
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    Okay guys a quick update. Not sure, if I should be posting it here but I will still go ahead as we dont have a dedicated development thread yet.

    So last night I studied the partitions, extracted the stock recovery img and tried to build cwm recovery from the cwm online builder. I pushed it on to the recovery partition, and rebooted into recovery. Finally I did manage to get the cwm recovery interface but too bad it did not recognize my partitions. Worse, I ended up bricking my device as it went in cwm loop and on every restart I just got cwm with no keys working. :crying:

    Luckily I knew that Allwinner A31 is almost brick free because the Installation suite doesn't rely on recovery and use flash mode to install firmware. So I am up and running again. I just repartioned to be sure. :good::good:

    I'll keep going. I realize now that the A10 also has similar paritions structure, maybe I could get help from there. For anyone interested I am attaching the recovery.fstab which u can refer to extarct images using dd command.

    PM me or write here if anyone needs the recovery or boot images. I already have then extracted. Sorry for the long post.
    There is just one thing thats been bothering me. How we supposed to use CWM even if we get it working with just two keys on the tablet? Maybe I should directly try cwm touch.

    Thanks. I'll keep you guys posted.
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    onda has not enabled any power managment features of the tablet yet. There is a power managment chip, and the A31 has power managment as well not being used. The A31 is being ran at 1ghz even when idle. If you factor that in with battery life right now at 4-4.5 hours , just think what it should get once those features are enabled.

    I have 2 of these and one of mine I was messing with for over 4 hours (installing apps rooting upgrading/downgrading firmware, ect) and it was at 69% I have not had any of the browser lag, however every so often when going into google play I get no connection retry. This has happened to me with all of my tablets so not sure if this is wifi power managment or not.

    I have read about some quality control issues with some units, but both of mine seem to be working and looking great so far. I also did the firmware upgrade on a factory fresh device. I think this helps with stability.



    PS, Every new battery operated device i have owned I have always let it charged for 24 hours before messing with it. Even if they state they are fully charged when they come out of the box. I have always had pretty consistent battery life trough the life of the device. Just my personal experience.

    Note Take Battery MAH on Chinese batteries with a grain of salt. I have seen the same model make of battery advertised and many different MAH. They never are tested at what they say. I would not be surprised if ainol novo9 and onda v972 use the same exact battery. The thing about numbers anyone good in math can make numbers say anything you want. And guess who is really good with numbers. :)
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