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[Deen0X's REVIEW] GPD-G7 (Quad-Core, 7″)

[REVIEW] GPD-G7 (Quad-Core, 7″)

Note: I tried to write this directly in english, but most probably i will make many mistakes. Hope you understand main information of this article, that most of it is technical info, and forgive these mistakes.

Any correction i will be glad on doing to this article.

 

About this article

 

This is only a summarized version of the original article located in my blog. For more info and updates, i suggest to visit it.

 

Acknowledgments

 

To GPD manufacturer for send me a sample of their product GPD-G7 to test it and write this review.

 

 

Usage of this article

 

Author give permission to use this review, part of this or by a link reference, to anybody wants to use it, with only one condition that you must keep the author of this article, and the original source, that is on my blog.

For any update for the content of this article, i suggest to visit the link avobe.

 

 

 

Introduction

 

After releasing their previous model GPD-G5A, the manufacturer relesaes their 7″ version called GPD-G7.

This product is focussed on users that wants something in big screen, but offering a good experience of usage, based on the ergonomic design of the device. In fact, in my opinion is the most comfortable 7″ device i used until now (there may be other comfortable devices in the market, but i didn´t tested yet)

GPD is taking so serious all the feedback that they are receiving, and is developing and improving their devices based on these information. The final product is a device with a very good relationship between features/specs/price, and if keep doing their job in this way, most probably will become in a reference to other android gaming devices manufacturers. (if they are not now)

I see some users that get their device have some problems with DPAD. As i know, first units may have this problem. Mine device is from these first batches, but i don´t get big problems with the DPAD, but i want to mention this before you read this artile, to take in consideration why others users giving bad comments about this point (manufacturer told to me that will improve their next bathces with better DPAD, with all these problems fixed)

I will comment this device based in my experience of usage (without DPAD big problems), and hope all the info i post here will be useful for who is looking information about this device.

 

 

 

 

Product showcase

(Checking of the external view of the package)

 

The device come in a box with very simple prints on their faces. Basically, there is a device’s photo, with few icons with some features, and with texts in spanish and portuguese (there is so curious there is no english texts on the device)

 

 

The contents of the box is designed for sure transportation of the device, avoiding most bumps, and the device and all their accessories fits perfectly on it.

 

 

Package contents

(Unboxing y full description of the package contents)

 

 

 

When the package is opened, we found the following elements thats, i understand, are part of any standard shippment for this product.

 

 

  • GPD-G7 device
  • Wall Charger, with specific plug for the device
  • MicroUSB cable (Data only)
  • Headphones

 

 

 

Product description

(Enumerate of components that conform the product)

 

 

 

In the following section i will explain briefly each component that comform the device, listing each component existing in their structure and doing comments about these elements when i consider.

 

In this section i will list only the device parts that may contain elements interesting to comment.

 

These faces of the device that don´t containt any element i will omit.

Front view

 

 

  • Left analog stick
  • DPAD
  • Left Speaker
  • Front camera 2MPx
  • 7″ Screen
  • Buttons [SELECT], [START], [POWER], [VOL+], [VOL-]
  • Operation led
  • Microphone
  • Right analog stick
  • Buttons [4], [1], [B], [A], [3], [2]
  • Right speaker

 

 

Rear view

 

 

  • Left ergonomic grip
  • Right ergonomic grip

Right side view

 

 

  • Right Grip

Left side view

 

 

  • Left Grip

Top view

 

 

  • Button [7]
  • Button [5]
  • MicroSD Slot
  • MiniHDMI port
  • MicroUSB Port (only Data)
  • Charger port (5V)
  • Button [8]
  • Button [6]

Bottom view

 

 

  • Headphones port

About face buttons

The device come with a non common button layout, based on suggestions made to the manufacturer for their device on adding a 6 button layout.

The original idea is good, but the final result is not so practical. i mean, always is good to get more buttons for assign in games, but the selected layout is not the best for fighting games, in special those with Street Fighter layout buttons (3 x 2 matrix), where games with mechanics like Marvel vs Capcom or similar, where most of juggles starts with Low puch or Low kick, and then High kick or High punch for juggle start, is hard to do with the current layout, because low kick is away from high punch.

With images, current button layout:

As you can see, in Street Fighter Layout, for juggle sample y mention you must do “4″ (low kick) and “3″ (high punch) for most of characters, and is a little hard to do with this layout.

Following the same example, this game (Marvel vs Capcom) and other with similar game mechanic, for common combo do the rule of beat always from lowest to higest button. This way, most common combo is:

Juggle: 4, d+3 | 4,1,5,2,6 or | 1,4,2,5,3 or any other combination (1|4, 2|5, 3 or 6)

Playing with the thumb for pressing these combinations are a little bit hard, and need so much practice to do successfully.

I think (and this really is part of the improvmentes of the device) is better layout something like the following:

This layout let the user define in a more comfortable way a 6 buttons layout (street fighter style) in this way:

In my opinion, is a better way to configure the controller for play games like Street Fighter or similar.

In another way, this layout let to configure in a most comfortable way other layouts, such Nintendo 64:

This way is more near to original controller layout. Currently most mappings suggestions are based on right stick to assign C-Buttons on Nintendo 64 emulators, but this mapping don´t allow to do things such press C-Left and C-Right, C-Up and C-Down, 3 buttons or 4 buttons at the same time, because the stick only let to press one or two buttons at the same time, and buttons that are not opposite.

Assigning this way, you can use these buttons in the same way as original Nintendo 64 controller, and there is “A” and “B” buttons for normal “A” and “B” from original controller.

About D-PAD

The design is based on a single piece with a Cross with a concave center. At first usage may be a little weird, but after using it, become so comfortable and easy to usage.

Comparing with a X360 controller, definely this device have a better D-PAD design (personally, i hate the D-PAD from X360 Controller. is one of the worst D-PAD i ever used)

I take my time on testing the device, because i read some bad feedback about this on forums.

Most of these problems are related to diagonals. The D-PAD only let to do rect moves (horizontal or vertical) in many devices.

After doing many testings, i can say that my sample don´t have this kind of problem, but researching a little more, i can confirm that this “problem” can be solved with a very simple modding, similar to this or this.

This is not a hardware design problem, and with a little of skills is easily solved.

In my case, for testing D-PAD i use always games that i know to play and get a good feeling about how the controller respond. For this case, i used Tekken 3 (PSX) and to some specific moves for testing.

In this quick gameplay i captured, i was do many moves that need a correct and precise D-PAD input for correct movement. Electric wind hook fist move requires a diagonal in right timing for execution. I´m not an expert doing this move, but i can execute without major problems. (fow who´s don´t know about this move, is when Jin´s do the move and there is electric on their punch/arm)

 

About Analog Sticks

This device mount a very good analog sticks, similar in design and feel of X360 controller.

The shape, size and texture are similar in both controllers, and feel so good when playing. Definley is the best part of the controls of this device.

Comparing with other devices

I usually avoid on doing comparissons within the device´s review, but this case i will post few samples to help to understand the real size of the device.

The most direct and obvious device that we can use for comparisson, is the JXDS7800B device.

As you can see, total size of G7 is not so biggest than JXD device (in the image i put both devices at the same top level)

Of course, GPD-G7 is more deep (double than JXDS7800B), but this size is basically by their grips. Device itself (the Tablet part) is the same as JXD7800B

And now, comparing with GPD-G5A device (the 5″ variant of this device)

There is a notorious difference between these two sizes.

First Impression

(What i feel in my first impression with the device)

Based on my previous experience with GPD-G5A, i know what to expect aprox with this device, and i´m right. Materials are good, construction appears to be solid. First ontact is good and feels good.

The device weight is bigger than GPD-G5A (of course), and so similar to other 7″ gaming devices i tested, but thanks to their ergonomic shape, it feel better, more comfortable than other solutions.

The screen appear to be better viewing angle and i feel better in quality (better vision angle?) than G5A.

Sound from speakers i feel that is than a canc. Is enough for playing and watching a movie, but don´t expect a very good quality.

Based on GPD-G5A device (the 5″ version of this GPD family), this GPD-G7 feature the following changes:

- Battery, now come with 5000mAh capacity

- Screen, now is 7″

- Buttons, now with 2 extra buttons (“C” and “Z”)

The rest of the device following the same as their 5″ version in general speaking, including materials, controls, ergonomic design, etc.

At first impression, before get the device, is that difference between 5″ and 7″ size will not important, but before getting the device in my hands i feel that really there are big differences.

Comparisson sizes published by Willgoo. In this photo, sizes appears to be so similar on both devices, but i figure is only an optical effecta produced by the white color of both devices.

When i´m writting this article, Skelton released their firmware for this device, and i do most of testing based on this firmware that, i must to say, runs so smooth and fine.

 

 

Product information

 

 

 

According with the manufacturer, or searching info on web pages, we can found many sources of information about the device and sometimes these information may be not consistent (may be different from one web page to other), and this may cause some confusion for anybody that wants to get info about this product.

On this section i will post the info i get from the manufacturer (or is not possible, the web page that i consider more reliable), listing only the relevant points for a tech analysis of the product, and omit these points that don´t get any relevant info about the device (as many time we found on many pages, things such video capabilities, mail capabilities, etc, that really are software based features that we can install on the device, and not a real feature of the device itself)

  • Procesador Rockchip RK3188 Quad-core, Cortex A9 1.6GHz *
  • GPU Mali-400
  • 1Gb RAM
  • 8Gb de memoria interna
  • Android 4.2 (actualizable a 4.4 KitKat)
  • Slot para tarjetas MicroSD hasta 32Gb
  • Pantalla 7” 1024×600 TFT
  • Mapeador de teclas **
  • Batería de 5000mAh ***
* En muchos sitios se especifica una CPU de 1.8GHz, pero el dispositivo va a 1.4GHz (con el firmware stock), y se puede subir a un máximo de 1.6GHz (con un cutsom firmware)
** Tiene todos los botones del mando; incluídos L2, R2, L3, R3, Select, Start
*** Dato corroborado con el fabricante

Info from the device itself (Android info)

 

In first place, to get a reliable source of info about the system, i take some screenshots from the same device showing android system info (thata usually is insufficient), and from another software that can give us more detailed information about the system, and with this info we can get a general idea about the capabilities of the device.

 

Antutu Benchmark X System Info

 

 

Quadrant Standard Info

 

 

 

Vellamo Device Details

CPU-Z

 

 

Benchmarks

 

For people that don´t know about these programs, i can tell (in short words) that a benchmark is a program or normalized test that runs on a device. These tests give points (usually, averaging many results) the performance of a device, in the way that the final total point may be useful to compare, in a simple and direct way, the general performance between many devices.

 

There are so many benchmarks on Google Play Store, but in my test usually i use the most populars.

For the running of these benchmarks, the initial conditions of the device are:

  • CPU Frequency: 1.6 GHz
  • CPU Governor: Performance
  • Screen Resolution: 10204×600 pixels

 

 

 

3DMark – The Gamer´s Benchmark

(Google play version)

 

 

This benchmark have two parts, the first “normal” called “Ice Storm”, and the second with high resolution graphics called “Ice Storm Extreme”

 

The final total is the averaging of all the test of the benchmark (in each of this parts)

 

 

 

Ice Storm

 

 

  • Total Score: 3428

Ice Storm Extreme

 

 

  • Total Score: 2498

Ice Storm Unlimited

 

 

  • Total Score: 3661

 

 

Antutu Benchmark X

This is a version special anti-fraud.

 

 

 

Summarizing points:

  • RAM Operation: 2052
  • RAM Speed: 1095
  • CPU integer: 2623
  • CPU float-point: 1838
  • 2D graphics: [600x976] 1390
  • 3D graphics: [600x976] 4246
  • Storage I/O: 1364
  • Database I/O: 665
  • CPU frequency: 1608 MHz (x4)
  • Multitask: 3829
  • Dalvik: 1433
  • Total: 20535

RealPi Benchmark

(Google play version)

 

 

The main goal of this benchmark is basically to calculate PI with a fixed decimals, and based on the time taked to calculate this.

 

 

  • Pi calculated in: 19.41 seconds

CF-Bench

 

 

This benchmark suite is specific designed to test performance of multi-core devices, and get 3 general values (totals): Native Score, Java Score and Overall Score.

  • Native Score: 30535
  • Java Score: 8371
  • Overall Score: 17236

 

 

 

Epic Citadel

This benchmark generate an intensive GPU usage, using the Unreal Engine 3 and get as a final result the average framerate that the device can show the test.

 

Based on the kind of the devices and their features/capabilities, the benchmark can offer two or three kind of benchamark types: High Performance, High Quality and Ultra Hight Quality (This test only will be available for devices ables to run this benchmark).

High Performance

 

 

  • Average FPS: 54.5

High Quality

 

 

  • Average FPS: 54.5

Nenamark1

This benchmark is designed to test OpenGL|ES2.0, and will show graphics with a variety of effects such reflex, dyamic shadows, lights, etc. This version was designed for medium-low devices, but i run as a standard in any device thata i write a review.

 

 

 

  • Total score: 60.1 fps

 

 

 

Nenamark2

In the same way as the previous version, this benchmark is designed to test OpenGL|ES2.0, but in medium-hight devices. In the same way, this benchmark show graphics but with Hight Resolution, and apply effects such reflex, dynamic shadows, light, etc.

 

 

 

  • Total score: 60.1 fps

 

 

 

Quadrant Standard

This benchmark is one of the first dedicated software for testing devices, and become a reference, but currently i use as a informative way, because this app don´t have multi-core support, then their results don´t get a reliable source of information, beause the performance of 1 core running on the device is not the same if the device can run with 2 or more cores, where distribute proccessing and run more relaxed in genearl, giving a better score to the system.

 

 

  • CPU: 14993
  • Mem: 4167
  • I/O: 6384
  • 2D: 1000
  • 3D: 2465
  • Total: 5802

 

 

 

Mindwill

 

Windmill is a technology demonstration that showcases gaming engines from Allegorithmic and Unity. Windmill includes a benchmark mode that pushes your mobile platform to the limit by exercising multiple CPU and GPU cores with complex geometry and interesting texture and shader effects.

The dynamic change of season and visual style (cartoon, spring, summer, winter) is made possible by the Substance technology.

  • Average Frame Rate: 10.12 FPS (1024.600)

 

 

 

 

This becnhmark is a testing suite, that basically are routines for HTML5 and CPU specific (Metal) testings.

 

 

  • HTML5 score: 2238
  • Metal score: 524

 

 

 

Official firmware

The official firmware of the device is useful for, in example, if we have a “soft-brick”, caused by some mods on the system and the device cannot start in a normal way.

For these cases, is good to get a way to recover the device, and one of these ways is getting the official firmware (and the steps to flash it)

This device is the first Android Gaming Console that support Android 4.4 KitKat.

You can find all firmwares download links in the official page from the manufacturer:

http://www.gpd.hk/download/

About KitKat. This firmware come non rooted if first versions, but manufacturer will pre-rooted this in next releases.

Last Official KitKat release (4.4.2) come with CIFS support!

For more info about how to install these firmwares, go to previous link.

I will not include the steps on installing these firmwares, because are the same as Custom Firmware and i will comment in their section.

Device Rooting

 

One of the best things that take advantage on Android, is precisely get the device rooted and the superuser privileges enabled for our needs.

There are so much users that have scared about the methods to get root on their devices, and for this they don´t get encourage to root it, limiting their experience because there are so much apps that uses this feature. Applications such Titanium Backup or Tincore Keymapper (for mention few) requires root acces to work property.

Depending on the firmware may come rooted or not, but the manufacturer always try to bring rooted firmwares.

Last KitKat firmware version (at the momento of writing this article) come rooted from manufacturer, then there is no need to do nothing for completing this task.

The JellyBean versions (4.2.x) come rooted, but lack of some apps. For solving this, simply run

ClockWorkMod/ Recovery (Custom Recovery)

 

Android have a special mode called Recovery, that is used many times to recover the device if this have problems to run properly, but there exist an alternative Custom Recovery that add a lot of new functionality and tools, and one of the most popular is one called ClockWorkMod Recovery.

There is a full functional version of this recovery that run on this device.

One of the most important features of this custom recovery, is the NANDROID generation, a way to generate a full backup of the nand (where the operating system resides) to a directory, and can be used as a recovery point for the device in case of semi-brick, or simply if you want to get a clean firmware on it.

Take note that this backup (nandroid) is a image of the NAND, this means, there will be stored all your configs, users, passwords, accounts, etc. Is a good idea to get a clean firmware insatlled on the device, and install and configure all your base programs (file admins, cloud services, google account, etc) and then get a nandroid for your personal use. When you get back to this image/backup, you will get a clean and configured system, saving lot of time on basic configurations and installing basic software.

The method of installing ClockworkMod for this device is the same as GPD-G5A, and i will copy here.

For installing this custom recovery, i used the files located in the “CWM-based Recovery images for RK3188 devices

Installing this is so simple. Download the file, and execute these commands from command prompt:

adb remountadb push flash_image /dev/adb push recovery.img /dev/adb shellsuchmod 755 /dev/flash_image/dev/flash_image recovery /dev/recovery.img

If all is ok, with this method you get CWM installed on your device.

for testing, you can execute this command:

reboot recovery

or simply turn off completely your device, and then press and keep [VOL+] button, and power on (without releasing buttons). The device will enter in recovery mode.

Custom Firmware

 

A custom firmware usually is a firmware stock with some moddings, via tweaks or compiled directly from source code (if this exist), and generating an optimized version of the original system.

Beside the above, the custom firmwares can add new functionality to the device, that originally don´t get in the firmware stock such bluetooth usb dongle support, gamepad support, fixing framework, updating modules, CIFS, etc.

At the moment of writing this article, there is a Custom Firmware released for this device.

LegacyROM 1.0 for GPD-G7

Source: openhandhelds.net

I will copy and paste the general guidelines of installation of this firmware. For complete info, i suggest to visit the previous link.

INSTALLATION:

In order to install the firmware you need RK Batch Tool in your PC included in the rar package.

  • Open Batch tool and select the Legacy_XX image file (.img).
  • With GPD power off, just connect it via USB Cable to PC. Wait until battery charging animation dissappears. Then just press and Hold Volume + button and Press Power. RK Batch Tool will detect device, and you’ll see the number 1 with a green box. If you see with a pink box, just select Switch Button until you see it in green. If the system ask you for some drivers, then just use the one included in the Batch Tool (or using driverInstaller package to install rockchip USB drivers).
  • Once device is detected with a green BOX, just select Restore and wait patiently while firmware is written.
  • Device will auto reboot to recovery and format your partitions. Just wait patiently until all process is done, since it’s a long process and first boot can take several minutes, so just wait until it finishes and you see the home Android launcher.

Download link:

Youtube Gallery

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

For more videos of this device, check this playlist i´ve created that i updated whit new videos.


About Battery

 

The device come with a 5000mAh battery capacity, that is very good capacity.

I really don´t know real lifetime with a normal usage of this, but i can reach easily 4 hours of usage, with a minimal clock set to 816MHz, governor = ondemand. (playing basically PPSSPP)
Manufacturer default stock rom come caped to 1.4GHz, but with a custom firmware the cpu can be unlocked to reach 1.6GHz. The best part is that the system is so stable at 1.6GHz (almost the sample i get). I get few reboots of the system, but most probably because i´m doing some testing and the system hangs/reboots.



For general usage, i suggest to downclock the cpu to 1.2GHz, because the system run very well with this speed, and you can save battery.



Pros, cons and improvements.

 
 
As in every product, there are pros and cons points that are good to mention in a clear way. These points will help to us to decide if the device features are enough for what the user are looking for in a device of this kind.
Pros are based on features that highlight, comparing the device with another similars, or these features improve the experience of the user.In the another hand, the cons are these points that worse the experience, or the feature is not enough for fulfill what we expect from the device.Finally, the improvements points are some features or specs that i think must be improved in a supposed new version of the device, and will generate a better experience in my opinion.


Pros

 

  • Comfort is the most important feature of this device. Even with their size, the device feels good and bring an experience similar to using a game controller on the hands.
  • Analog Sticks are so good. They are so similar to X360 controller, and provide a good experience of usage.
  • This is the first device with full set of buttons, including C and Z buttons (part of the 6 button layout of the device).
  • DPAD is good and, in the case of the sample tested, accurate. Good for fighting games.
  • Main 4 Buttons are comfotable to use.
  • Shoulder buttons are so comfortables.
  • Touch Screen is responsive and appears to be good, considering is TFT.
  • Stock Firmware (official firmwares) run very smooth and are clean in general speaking.
  • Official firmware come with Joystick Driver for controls.
  • Official keymapper (stock firmware) include all controls of the device, this include C, Z, L3, R3, Select and Start
  • There exist a Custom Firmware based on Source Code of the device.
  • Speakers are located on front of the device.
  • There is a specific port charge for battery charging
  • HDMI output has no lag in general.
  • Materials are correct/good. Better than i expected for this device, considering the price.
  • The device come with a single camera and is located in front for videocalling, and i consider a good point this, because most of these kind of devices come with a low res camera (2MPx) located in back, and i don´t consider this camera as a serious camera for taking photos (resolution is not enough) but for videochat is ok.
  • System buttons and Select & Start buttons are in front of the device (not in bottom side, as GPD-G5A)



Cons

 

  • Not my case, but i see some cases where DPAD cannot do diagonals. As i know, this is a general issue of the firsts production batches, but the manufacturer will fix this in next batches.
  • There is no Bluetooth. In my opinion, is a must on these kind of devices. (headphones, controllers for desktop console mode, etc)
  • Based on G5A, main buttons are displaced some milimeters down, and sometimes is hard to press a button, when using right stick. I feel most comfortable using G5A device for this point.
  • Design is not easy to transport in a backpack or pocket. There is necessary to find a proper bag for keep and transport (and protect sticks!)
  • Is a very good point that manufacturer include 6 buttons in the layout, but the final layout is not comfortable as another layout.



Improvements

 

  • Manufacturer tell to me that will fix the DPAD problem, but i will pust this as an improvement for the current version of the device.
  • Add bluetooth module. Is a must have for this kind of device (in my opinion)
  • Is not necessary but adding IPS panel may be fine.
  • Add a wist strap hole in the design.
  • Add real analogs to L2 and R2
  • KEEP the 6 button feature, but change the layout for something as i suggested, or other similar to 3×2 classic layout.
  • Add a USB HUB included on the same device (almost, one or two extra normal USB-OTG ports)



Conclusion


For who is looking for a comfortable and good specs device, must check this one. In my opinion, this is the most comfortable 7″ device i´ve tested until now. Ergonomics is the main feature of this device.

Controls, specially analog sticks are so comfortables. Nova 3 and similar games are not my favorites really, but I have enjoyed playing these games in this device.

The device itself does not go unnoticed. I used this on subway, train, etc, and people get their attention on it.

First impression of many friends is negative, because all of them think this is a monster device, but after testing and playing something, most of them get impressed with the comfort and change their perception of the device, get interested on it.

For now is one of the most interesting devices, taking their relationshipt between specs/quality/price, and is a serious alternative for 7″ gaming device.

 

For more info and the complete version of this article, please visit original article located here.
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[Deen0X's REVIEW] GPD-G5A (Quad-Core, 5″)

[REVIEW] GPD-G5A

NOTE: This is a summarize of the original article located on Deen0X’s Blog.

Acknowledgments

 

To GPD manufacturer for send me a sample of their product GPD-G5A to test it and write this review.

 

 

Usage of this article

 

The Author give permission to use this review, part of this or by a link reference, to anybody wants to use it, with only one condition that you must keep the author of this article, and the original source, that is on Deen0X’s Blog.

For any update for the content of this article, i suggest to visit the link avobe.

 

 

 

Introduction

 

GPD is a manufacturer that is not new in this kind of products, handhelds gaming consoles, because they are trying to generate something interesting for market from some time ago (you can check GPD-G5005 and GPD-G18 reviews on this blog for more info).

Personally i get impressed with performance of these devices, run smoothly and so fast, but always get something that don´t like and for this reason get hard to enter on the market with strong. Their design are not really good, or their components are not the best for a market that ask for better devices and components, in this case, controls to play.

Well, this time GPD do a very big step in the right direction and release an interesting device that is getting the attention of many people, because they do something hard to see in the “traditional” (very slow) evolution of these devices. They has opted for a design that meet most of the users needs, including a shape form focused on comfort, and bringing controls that approach to pro-controllers.

Of course, the design of the device doesn´t leave anyone indifferent, and most people may consider it “ugly”, but as i mention previously, the main goal of this device is comfort on usage, and really this goal.

I must say that i read some comments on chinese forums about people that tested this device, and i downgraded my expectations about what i really get with this, but when i check the device i get really impressed about what GPD offer. Of course, is not a perfect device, but is a very good and interesting alternative with some points and features that there is no other device can compite (except NVidia Shield, may be).

This article will try to transmit some of my impressions about the device itself and my user experience with it. Hope this will be useful for those want more information about it.

 

 

Product showcase

(Checking of the external view of the package)

 

The package is a box with very simple prints on it. Basically, there is the device photo, few characteristics and there is no more. May be so simplistic but almost is enought for know what we can get in the box.

 

Note: I get curious about the device come in Spanish and Portuguese. I see that some photos from chinese users show the same (spanish/portughese), but with the black version device.

 

 

(photo courtesy of Su Xiaomeng, from Dingoonity)

The box come well design for transport the device without most of bumps, and fits perfectly with the rest of the accesories included.

Package contents

(Unboxing y full description of the package contents)

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the package is opened, we found the following elements thats, i understand, are part of any standard shippment for this product.

  • GPD-G5A device
  • Stereo Headphones
  • Wall Charger with small plug
  • MicroUSB cable for charging/data

 

 

 

 

Product description

(Enumerate of components that conform the product)

 

 

 

In the following section i will explain briefly each component that comform the device, listing each component existing in their structure and doing comments about these elements when i consider.

 

In this section i will list only the device parts that may contain elements interesting to comment.

 

These faces of the device that don´t containt any element i will omit.

 

Note: I will consider the front of the device where the screen is located.

Front view

  • Left analog stick
  • DPAD
  • Left speaker
  • 5″ Screen
  • Right analog stick
  • Action buttons 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Right speaker
  • Operation led

 

 

 

 

Rear view

 

 

  • Left ergonomic grip
  • Camera 2MPx
  • Right ergonomic grip
  • Reset hole

Right side view

 

 

  • Right grip

Left side view

 

 

  • Left grip

Top view

 

 

  • Button 6 (R1)
  • Button 8 (R2)
  • Mini-HDMI Port
  • MicroUSB Port (Data and charger)
  • Charger port
  • Button [POWER]
  • Button 5 (L1)
  • Button 7 (L2)

Bottom view

 

 

  • MicroSD Slot
  • Button [START]
  • Button [VOLUME DOWN] & Button [VOLUME UP]
  • Button [SELECT]
  • Headphones port
  • Microphone hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

First impressions

(Oppinion based on the first impressions checking and light testing the device)

I get surprised in good way with this device. time ago i read some forums (chinese) where they talk about this device with many kind of oppinons, then i figure the device will be a complete disaster and, i lower my expectations about this, but when i get the device i feel impressed. the device bring to me a very good feeling.

The DPAD is a little strange to use. In my opinion is better than the X360 controller DPAD (for me, is the worst DPAD i used). This DPAD is better, but not the best of the best. simply is enought.

I figure there is a lack of membrane that soft the use of dpad and make it less noise. I will try to do some sort of modding to add a membrane or similar, and reduce the “clicks” of the dpad. In my case, is no problem really, because i always use headphones to play. ^_^

I grab a video with a failed first boot (failed because the system come with an gmail account configured, then the device was used i figured in the manufacturer before sending to me).

The video is a very bad quality (not focus. I´m working in getting a better camera for grab videos), but i played Street Fighter and most “complicated” movements are easy to do (haddokens, shurikens, etc). i think are easy to play with this.

(Apologize the poor image quality)

The shoulder buttons are comfortables, but i think L2 & R2 may be a little bit raised may be more comfortable (may be for the next version). Sorry if my english cannot explain myself with this point, but i do my best to explain this.

These shoulder buttons are comfortable, more than any other android device i tested, but they are a little “strange” to use at beginning…

The reason is:

As you can see, X360 controller are less raised their shape for L2 and R2 buttons, and GPD-G5A is more raised in this point.

I think lowering these buttons to this level (aprox) may be a good alternative

Even so, these buttons are comfortables. more than JXDS7800B or other device of this kind. (except NVidia Shield, may be). I need to play more to get a real feeling about the analog buttons, and their precition.

The screen is a normal TFT device. We cannot compare this with an IPS screen, but is enought for this kind of device (a handheld game device)

Buttons Start and Select are in the bottom border. they are a little strange to use, but with some practice will become normal. (Yinlips device usually put some buttons in the top border, and users get usual with these controls)

Analog sticks, are similar to X360 controller. I don´t know if hese sticks are the same parts than X360 controller, but i think may be easy to fix, if the case.

Both sticks includes buttons (L3 and R3)

The own mapper include ALL the device game controls. This mapper is the common we know from JXD devices, but evolved and now includes:

  • Left Stick
  • Right Stick (witht the common Stick and Point of view modes)
  • DPAD (as 4 separated buttons)
  • Frontal buttons 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Shoulder buttons 5, 6, 7, 8
  • L3 and R3
  • Select and Start

(There are not included Volume buttons in the mapping tool)

This mapper may probably will be enought for most games that need simple mapping functions.

Speakers have normal quality sound, with good stereo relief and good volume.

Is so comfortable to get in hands. weight is only 302gr aprox

The device itself is not bigger (not much) than JXDS5110B or a PSVita

there is a global comparative:

In general, i have a very good first impression about this device. I need to use more to get a more in deep opinion about this, but the little time i get playing with this device i feel comfortable with this. The device performance is what we want from a device with these specs (even using an official firmware).

The controller is recognized directly from some games such MC4, but the button layout is strange (they are not in the position that we expect they must be), in example, button “4″ (square in a sixaxis layout) must be to recharge weapon, but there is in button “3″ (cross in sixaxis)

Usage of DPAD is nice. Firstly i get a little bit “strange” with the DPAD, but after some minutes i get comfortable. The DPAD is noisy, and i think there is lack of a membrane that soft the press and noise.

I will try to generate a modding for adding a membrane to improve the usage of the DPAD, but without this, i feel the controls are good.

About quality, general speaking i think the quality of materiasl is similar to any other good quality chinese adnroid gaming console i tested. I read some forums that people consider JXDS7800B a good quality product build materials, and i think this device is similar.

If i try to screw the device with my hands, i don´t get cracks sounds. The device is solid.

For now, the worst thing i found is the noisy DPAD. This need urgent some kind of modding to reduce the noise.

Now, i must get some usage to complete my review, but in first instance the device give me a good impression in general.

 

 

 

 

Product information

 

 

 

According with the manufacturer, or searching info on web pages, we can found many sources of information about the device and sometimes these information may be not consistent (may be different from one web page to other), and this may cause some confusion for anybody that wants to get info about this product.

On this section i will post the info i get from the manufacturer (or is not possible, the web page that i consider more reliable), listing only the relevant points for a tech analysis of the product, and omit these points that don´t get any relevant info about the device (as many time we found on many pages, things such video capabilities, mail capabilities, etc, that really are software based features that we can install on the device, and not a real feature of the device itself)

  • Android 4.2 OS, Quad-core , Cortex A9 1.8GHz *
  • 1GB RAM 8GB memory
  • Mali-400 GPU
  • 5″ TFT capacitive Screen
  • Virtual key mapping function
  • Battery for 3500mAh **
  • Mini HDMI
  • Micro USB
  • G-sensor
  • Two vibration motor ***
  • Analog variable L2,R2 ***
  • Wi-Fi
  • 0.3M Front Camera ***
* The CPU is RK3188-T at 1.4GHz.
** In some stores is mentioned as 2800mAh, and other sites as 4000mAh. As i checked (and while i can confirm), the device come with a 3500mAh.
*** After checking the device, i can confirm that these specs are not corresponding with final version of the device. I asked to manufacturer for updating their specs on their web page.

Info from the same device (Android info)

 

In first place, to get a reliable source of info about the system, i take some screenshots from the same device showing android system info (thata usually is insufficient), and from another software that can give us more detailed information about the system, and with this info we can get a general idea about the capabilities of the device.

 

Antutu Benchmark System Info

Quadrant Standard Info

Vellamo Device Details

Z-Device Test

There is no interesting info that we can get from this program. Most of the sensors are not really present. I tested vibrators, and they are not responding, confirming that the device don´t have this feature.

 

 

 

Benchmarks

 

For people that don´t know about these programs, i can tell (in short words) that a benchmark is a program or normalized test that runs on a device. These tests give points (usually, averaging many results) the performance of a device, in the way that the final total point may be useful to compare, in a simple and direct way, the general performance between many devices.

 

There are so many benchmarks on Google Play Store, but in my test usually i use the most populars.

For the running of these benchmarks, the initial conditions of the device are:

  • CPU Frequency: 1.416 GHz
  • CPU Governor: Performance
  • Screen Resolution: 800×480

 

 

 

3DMark – The Gamer´s Benchmark

(Google play version)

 

 

This benchmark have two parts, the first “normal” called “Ice Storm”, and the second with high resolution graphics called “Ice Storm Extreme”

 

the final total is the averaging of all the test of the benchmark (in each of this parts)

 

 

 

Ice Storm

 

 

 

 

  • Total Score: 3446

 

Ice Storm Extreme

 

 

 

 

  • Total Score: 2539

 

 

Ice Storm Unlimited

 

 

 

 

  • Total Score: 3272

 

 

Antutu Benchmark

(Versión 3.0.3)

 

 

In my testings, i’m using a specific version for this benchmark (3.0.3), because the application has updated many times and i perceived that the average total vary so much in their scale, and the new values in many cases giving a notorious advantage for some devices, and low total result for another devices. (in this way, i got for the same dual-core device, values that vary from near to 11000 points in old version, to near to 6000 in the new version), and this give a bad indicator for many users, that in example expect values near to 10000 for a normal dual-core device (for giving an example).

I explain the avobe, because Antutu Benchmark is one of the most popular benchamrk software, and many users take their results as a general (and valid) rule to compare devices, and of course, i think is not a valid (and fair) to compare devices only with these values, and i prefer to compare old and new versions, if i consider necessary, to give a more near to what we are usual to see on Antutu results some time ago. Is not valid (under my point of view) to use two distincts rules of measuring to compare two devices, and for this reason, i prefer to keep the old program as base of my test for Antutu, and do some testings with the new one (the current version on play store), if i consider necessary.

By default, the testings showed correspond to the old 3.0.3 version, except i mention any other case.

Summarizing points:

 

 

  • RAM: 2718
  • CPU integer: 4343
  • CPU lfoat-point: 3205
  • 2D graphics: [480x752] 1631
  • 3D graphics: [480x752] 5488
  • Database I/O: 560
  • SD card write: ( MB/s): 0 *
  • SD card read: ( MB/s): 0 *
  • CPU frequency: 1416MHz (x4)
  • Total: 17945

 

* The test don´t register info for SD benchmark.

 

 

 

Antutu Benchmark X

This is a version special anti-fraud.

 

 

 

 

Summarizing points:

  • RAM Operation: 1812
  • RAM Speed: 1067
  • CPU integer: 2307
  • CPU lfoat-point: 1575
  • 2D graphics: [480x752] 1617
  • 3D graphics: [480x752] 4086
  • Storage I/O: 1242
  • Database I/O: 645
  • CPU frequency: 1416 MHz (x4)
  • Multitask: 3370
  • Dalvik: 1264
  • Total: 18985

 

 

BenchmarkPi

(Google play version)

 

 

The main goal of this benchmark is basically to calculate PI with a fixed decimals, and based on the time taked to calculate this, rank the device in a general ranking of the same app.

 

 

  • Pi calculated in: 351 miliseconds
  • Ranking: #9669

CF-Bench

 

 

This benchmark suite is specific designed to test performance of multi-core devices, and get 3 general values (totals): Native Score, Java Score and Overall Score.

  • Native Score: 26627
  • Java Score: 7511
  • Overall Score: 15157

 

 

 

Epic Citadel

This benchmark generate an intensive GPU usage, using the Unreal Engine 3 and get as a final result the average framerate that the device can show the test.

 

Based on the kind of the devices and their features/capabilities, the benchmark can offer two or three kind of benchamark types: High Performance, High Quality and Ultra Hight Quality (This test only will be available for devices ables to run this benchmark).

High Performance *
  • Average FPS: 56.4

 

 

Note: When i tried to run this benchmark in Performance settings, the program show this results always (High Quality)

High Quality

 

 

 

 

  • Average FPS: 56.3

Nenamark1

This benchmark is designed to test OpenGL|ES2.0, and will show graphics with a variety of effects such reflex, dyamic shadows, lights, etc. This version was designed for medium-low devices, but i run as a standard in any device thata i write a review.

 

 

 

  • Total score: 60.0 fps

 

 

 

Nenamark2

In the same way as the previous version, this benchmark is designed to test OpenGL|ES2.0, but in medium-hight devices. In the same way, this benchmark show graphics but with Hight Resolution, and apply effects such reflex, dynamic shadows, light, etc.

 

 

  • Total score: 60.0 fps

 

 

 

Quadrant Standard

This benchmark is one of the first dedicated software for testing devices, and become a reference, but currently i use as a informative way, because this app don´t have multi-core support, then their results don´t get a reliable source of information, beause the performance of 1 core running on the device is not the same if the device can run with 2 or more cores, where distribute proccessing and run more relaxed in genearl, giving a better score to the system.

 

 

  • CPU: 12124
  • Mem: 4056
  • I/O: 6858
  • 2D: 1014
  • 3D: 2459
  • Total: 5302

 

 

This becnhmark is a testing suite, that basically are routines for HTML5 and CPU specific (Metal) testings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • HTML5 score: 2184
  • Metal score: 494

 

 

Official firmware

The official firmware of the device is useful for, in example, if we have a “soft-brick”, caused by some mods on the system and the device cannot start in a normal way.

For these cases, is good to get a way to recover the device, and one of these ways is getting the official firmware (and the steps to flash it)

In the GPD web site, we can found many updates for this device.

I will link the same firmware i tested and use for install the device:

Firmware Update GPD-G5A v1.1.1

Downloading the file of firmware, you get two folders. One for the firmware itself, and other with the tool for flashing this on the device.

When you unpack the file, there are few directories:

  • BatchTool (if you don´t have this directory, can get from this link)
  • Firmware version directory

The general lines to install the firmware are this:

  • Go to BatchTool and open the “RKBatchTool.exe” program
  • If the screen is in chinese, go to the bottom left button, press and select the second option for english.
  • In the device go to Settings, Developer Options, and enable “USB Debug” (check the option)
  • Now, connect your device to computer.
  • When the program recognizes the device, press the “Switch” button to enter into download mode for install the new firmware. (the device will reboot and get connected again, but their screen will be black)
  • In the program, press the “…” button and select the “.im” file of your firmware
  • Press the “Restore” button (note: don´t use upgrade)
  • Wait until the process finish. The system will reboot automatically

Next time the system reboot, you get a fresh firmware installation.

Device Rooting

 

One of the best things that take advantage on Android, is precisely get the device rooted and the superuser privileges enabled for our needs.

There are so much users that have scared about the methods to get root on their devices, and for this they don´t get encourage to root it, limiting their experience because there are so much apps that uses this feature. Applications such Titanium Backup or Tincore Keymapper (for mention few) requires root acces to work property.

Fortunely this device come pre-rooted from factory, and with all tools needed for manage root permissions (SuperSu).

ClockWorkMod Recovery (Custom Recovery)

 

Android have a special mode called Recovery, that is used many times to recover the device if this have problems to run properly, but there exist an alternative Custom Recovery that add a lot of new functionality and tools, and one of the most popular is one called ClockWorkMod Recovery.

There is a full functional version of this recovery that run on this device.

One of the most important features of this custom recovery, is the NANDROID generation, a way to generate a full backup of the nand (where the operating system resides) to a directory, and can be used as a recovery point for the device in case of semi-brick, or simply if you want to get a clean firmware on it.

Take note that this backup (nandroid) is a image of the NAND, this means, there will be stored all your configs, users, passwords, accounts, etc. Is a good idea to get a clean firmware insatlled on the device, and install and configure all your base programs (file admins, cloud services, google account, etc) and then get a nandroid for your personal use. When you get back to this image/backup, you will get a clean and configured system, saving lot of time on basic configurations and installing basic software.

For installing this custom recovery, i used the files located in the “CWM-based Recovery images for RK3188 devices

Installing this is so simple. Download the file, and execute these commands from command prompt:

adb remountadb push flash_image /dev/adb push recovery.img /dev/adb shellsuchmod 755 /dev/flash_image/dev/flash_image recovery /dev/recovery.img

If all is ok, with this method you get CWM installed on your device.

for testing, you can execute this command:

reboot recovery

or simply turn off completely your device, and then press and keep [VOL+] button, and power on (without releasing buttons). The device will enter in recovery mode.

Custom Firmware

 

A custom firmware usually is a firmware stock with some moddings, via tweaks or compiled directly from source code (if this exist), and generating an optimized version of the original system.

Beside the above, the custom firmwares can add new functionality to the device, that originally don´t get in the firmware stock such bluetooth usb dongle support, gamepad support, fixing framework, updating modules, CIFS, etc.

At the moment of writing this article, there is a new custom firmware: LegacyROM

Here is the key features of this rom:

FEATURES:

  • Google Play full compatibility (device spoofed as Samsung Galaxy S3)
  • Init.d support for manual scripts (you can add scripts that you want to be run in init)
  • Fixed the problem of missing apps after a reboot when swapping internal and external SDCards.
  • No bloatware or chinese applications. Only apps added are Tincore Keymapper, Tincore Quickflasher, CIFS Manager and Total Commander. They are all installed in userspace area so they can be removed easily in case you don’t like them. You will need to install your own emulators from google play store.
  • No GPD stock mapper, replaced by Tincore Keymapper. You can invoke Tincore using gamepad icon at system bar like in stock mapper. If you are a lover of stock mapper, then this firmware is not for you.
  • Added reboot option to power system menu.
  • CWM Recovery included as optional patch (see above for further instructions)
  • New kernel compiled from scratch with following features:
  • New joystick driver written by Tincore, much faster and much more responsive than stock driver. Full analog ranges and following Android standard for gamepads. Analogs are much more responsive and there is no input lag at all.
  • CIFS/NFS/NTFS: support. You can mount your CIFS units using cifsmanager included in the rom.
  • Vsync video playback fixed: Video playback is smooth now.
Installation quick guide:

In order to install the firmware you need RK Batch Tool in your PC included in the rar package.

  • Open Batch tool and select the Legacy_XX image file (.img).
  • With GPD power off, just connect it via USB Cable to PC. Wait until battery charging animation dissappears. Then just press and Hold Volume + button and Press Power. RK Batch Tool will detect device, and you’ll see the number 1 with a green box. If you see with a pink box, just select Switch Button until you see it in green. If the system ask you for some drivers, then just use the one included in the Batch Tool (or using driverInstaller package to install rockchip USB drivers).
  • Once device is detected with a green BOX, just select Restore and wait patiently while firmware is written.
  • Device will auto reboot to recovery and format your partitions. Just wait patiently until all process is done, since it’s a long process and first boot can take several minutes, so just wait until it finishes and you see the home Android launcher.
For more info and questions, please visit the previous link in openhandhelds forum.

Youtube Gallery

 

 For more vids, you can visit Deen0X’s Youtube Channel, and for this device, GPD-G5A Playlist

About Battery

 

The device come with a 3500mAh battery capacity, that is good for this kind of device. In First stance, i can play up to 4 hours with this, using ondemand/interactive governor, and setting the max speed to 1.2GHz.
I don´t need to increase the speed (may be few games can run a little bit better with higher speed).
In some scenarios i can get some heat in the back of the device, but nothing really important. With Gamestreaming is normal to get this, because wifi module is hard working, and you can notice this.
In general speaking, battery life is good for this kind of device. I figure is feasible to change the battery for other with more capacity, but in my opinion, is enough for normal usage (almost, for me).

Pros, cons and improvements.

 

 

As in every product, there are pros and cons points that are good to mention in a clear way. These points will help to us to decide if the device features are enough for what the user are looking for in a device of this kind.
Pros are based on features that highlight, comparing the device with another similars, or these features improve the experience of the user.

 

In the another hand, the cons are these points that worse the experience, or the feature is not enough for fulfill what we expect from the device.

 

Finally, the improvements pints are some features or specs that i think must be improved in a supposed new version of the device, and will generate a better experience in my opinion.

 

Pros

 

  • The most important and evident point is the design. Is so comfortable and ergonomic, and bring a similar experience than a standard controller usage.
  • Analog Sticks are so good. The better analogs i tested in android gaming devices.
  • Full set of buttons. There are ALL the buttons of any standard controllers, including L3 and R3
  • DPAD design is good, not the best, but comfortable.
  • Buttons are right positioned. Similar to any pro controller in their distribution layout, you can use without problems, even in fighting games where you need to press 2, *3 or 4 buttons at the same time, with only the thumb. (*3 buttons, depends on the skill of the player, of course)
  • Shoulder buttons are comfortables too. May be the first impression result a little bit odd the L2 and R2, but with some usage these buttons become normal.
  • Touch Screen is so responsive.
  • Stock Firmware (official firmwares) run very smooth and are clean in general speaking.
  • Official firmware come with Joystick Driver for controls.
  • Official keymapper include all controls of the device, this include L3, R3, Select and Start
  • There exist a Custom Firmware based on Source Code of the device.
  • Speakers are located on front.
  • There is a specific port charge for battery charging
  • The device can charge via MicroUSB Port
  • The device weight is lighter than expect.
  • Sound Volume is good, and the speakers quality is enough for enjoy multimedia contents.
  • Sleep and Deep Sleep are working well, and there is no battery drain
  • HDMI output has no lag. You can play directly on TV without any problem.
  • Screen rate is 60Hz from factory default.
  • Materials are correct/good. Better than i expected for this device, considering the price.

Cons

 

  • Controls in general and DPAD in particular are noisy. There is a “clack” noise that is produced when DPAD is released, and the plastic of the chasis and the DPAD contact. Pressing don´t procuce this weird sound, only when releasing controls (DPAD particulary)
  • There is no Bluetooth. In my opinion, is a very important feature for allowing wireless gaming (with the device connected to a TV), or simply for use of wireless headphones.
  • In the case of the sample i´m testing, wifi signal is not so strong as other devices, but enough for normal usage. Other users tell to me that their devices have very good wifi signals, better than any other device. This really is not a critical point to consider, because in any case the wifi signal is respond correctly, even enoguh for gamestreaming playing.
  • Camera is back and only 2MP. I think may be better to usage this as frontal camera, for videochat.
  • Well, this is not really a bad point, but i will consider the L2 and R2 buttons aren´t analog triggers as manufacturer mentioned in their outdated specs in their web.
  • In the same way, i will consider as “bad” point that manufacturer mention that this device will include vibration motors, but the final device really don´t have it. Personally i don´t consider this as a critical point.
  • Screen viewing angle. After testing and using IPS screens, this TFT display is evident have lower quality in angles view speaking, but in my opinion, is enough for their function, as a gaming console device screen. I consider as bad point the angle view, but this is inherent to this kind of screens.
  • Design is not easy to transport in a backpack or pocket. There is necessary to find a proper bag for keep and transport.

 

Improvements

 

  • Quit the noise of controls, specially from DPAD. May be adding a soft border to chassis or controls pieces.
  • Add bluetooth module. Is a must have for this kind of device (in my opinion)
  • Is not necessary but adding IPS panel may be fine.
  • Add a wist strap hole in the design.
  • Add real analogs to L2 and R2

Conclusion

The device is not perfect but is one of the best i tested up to now. There are few things that must be fixed, the DPAD noise that in my opinion is one of the most important issues, and for future evolution adding bluetooth module will be a must have, but the current version is a very interesting device.

I really enjoying playing with this. The most important feature, their ergonomic design, was fully achieved. Joystick pro feeling is present on the device, and this affect directlly when playing.

DPAD is noisy, but work well, specially for fighting titles (where i heavy test devices). Firmware is fine and run very well, even the stock firmware. Analogs are well placed and are nice to play Shooters. Buttons are fine.

I’m very impressed with the device in general speaking, even with the problems i found (DPAD noise in example). I really like it and i´m using daily as my portable gaming console.

Final words

This time i really get impressed and enjoy testing and writing about this device. Hope i can transmit my experience and this result useful for any who’s searching for info about this device.

Zalu2!

Deen0X

[Review] Phablet Changjiang N7300

Review Phablet Changjiang N7300 

Use of this review 

The author (Deen0X) allows you to use this review, either by copying or referenciándola link to anyone who wants it, with the only condition that remains the author and a link to the original source of this review, which is cited in the following section .

Source and update the information in this article 

The original article (in Spanish) is in Deen0X’s Blog.

For updates on this article, I suggest visiting one of the links above

Introduction 

Some time ago, when there was talk of Chinese products, especially mobile, it was inevitable shoddy relate with these products, but since then the manufacturing and marketing products China have evolved dramatically, to the point that today you can already find several Chinese brands specialized sites referenced in technology, where usually stand by his very good relationship between quality/performance/price.

In the case of the product that occupies this review, is an example of what I said. This is a Phablet (a mixture is halfway between a phone and a tablet) which is inspired by the famous Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but with a more trimmed specs to offer a product that mainly is an alternative to lower costs for those who need a device of this kind, as there is a large market that are in these products the ideal solution to your needs.

Yet this N7300 has very interesting features that make it a very interesting alternative for many users, even for some who do not consider the use of a rather phablet your normal mobile, and its size is not lost, and then use, well, is comfortable enough to get used to it, you go back to a smaller sized phone costs a little.

I should clarify that, before reading further, it should be clear that this product is not intended to play, especially games Nova3 or similar type. Later I will discuss the reasons, but it is good to continue reading this article with that in mind, not to get a wrong idea of ??what to do with the device.

First Impression 

The first thing that draws attention, either in their specifications as him personally, is an impressive display of 5.7 “. Such display is an IPS panel with HD quality, with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. Already in first is easy to check that there is any screen, as this is easier resolution display devices found in 10 “, so we can conclude unequivocally that the image quality is good and very defined.

At first, the comment most often heard to see the device (from friends or office mates) was that “it does not fit in a pants pocket,” and it remains true to its size and transform it into something a little uncomfortable to wear traditional way.

This device is not a normal phone to replace any phone, within the meaning of it is put to use. This phablet, like any other of the same kind, is aimed at a specific segment of users that require this type of device. These users can typically be those who are carrying your smartphone (one, staff, or two, one personal and one work, for example) and a tablet, or a book reader, or inclusive.

There may also be more users that require this type of device, but I have more specific cases to get an idea, and obviously these users are accustomed to carry these devices, and use them often, so they offer an alternative that encompasses all in one will find it very interesting to many.

Before writing this article, I have been using the device as normal for a few days, and I must say that I myself have been so used to using it, my Motorola Defy now seems tiny and impractical, given the size basically your screen.

For everyday use, I chose to put the device in a belt holster PSP (a generic for the console), where it fits perfectly and is very comfortable.

With this case, I have solved the problem of having to Phablet protected, while I can carry it conveniently at hand. As a bonus, when vibrating call or alert, feels perfectly on a belt, so it’s something else they’ve earned this.

 

After this first impression on people who have seen the device, I have noticed interest in the product so it can offer, and is actually the same size gives much play in the sense of the uses that can be given.

I have some acquaintances who regularly use your phone to read and watch movies, as well as the more traditional uses like internet browsing, messaging (whatsapp, etc), mail and, of course, talking on the phone, and have quickly seen in this phablet an alternative for normal daily use.

I think it is clear that the display allows visualization of very good image quality and size of films, in addition to reading it is obviously more convenient than a phone 4 “.

Despite having a 3700mAh battery, the device is not heavy as a whole, is that once introduced into the pocket of a jacket (for example), just do not notice it carrying.

In short, do not pass indifferent by its size, but for normal use is very easy to get used to it.

But after all, what is this device? 

A Phablet and are called, but by the type of use we will refer to it as mostly a phone.

In short, is a processor Phablet with Dual-Core (at 1GHz), 1GB Ram, bluetooth GPS FM Radio wireless dual sim , and 5.7 “screen. Roughly, it defines the main features of this device, which then went on to comment more in detail.

Description 

The device is shipped in a box parquete including the phablet and original accessories, and come apart with a cover for the screen protector (Cover flip) and an extra battery.

Package Contents 

  • N7300 Phablet
  • Battery 3200mAh
  • 700mAh Charger with USB to wall (without adapter EUR).
  • USB/MicroUSB to transfer data to/from your computer, or upload the media
  • Service
  • Extra Battery 3200mAh (*)
  • Cover + cover to protect pantalal (flip cover)

(*) The extra battery is not in the picture.

Device description 

Front 

  • Speakerphone
  • Proximity sensor
  • Cáramara front
  • Display 5.7 “(IPS Panel)
  • Capacitive buttons: Menu, Home, Search & Back

Rear View 

  • Flash Led
  • Rear Camera (8Mpx) with autofocus
  • Microphone environmental/ventilation slot

Right Side 

  • Power button [POWER]
  • Volume Up [VOL +]
  • Volume down button [VOL-]
  • Slot to open the back cover

Top View 

  • 3.55mm Jack Audio Connection Port (Standard)

Bottom View 

  • Calls Microphone Hole
  • Puerto microUSB

Interior view 

  • Slot microSD
  • SIM slot 1
  • SIM 2 slot
  • Battery Space

Features 

According to various websites, this is the specification with which this device is announced.

  • CPU: MediaTek MTK6577 Dual core 1GHz
  • Dual SIM cards (*)
  • Storage: 1GB RAM +1.5 GB ROM + 500MB internal. (**)
  • Supported Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA 2100MHz
  • Touch Screen 5.7 “Multi-Touch (5 points)
  • Display Type: IPS Panel 1280×720 pixels
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1
  • Vibration: Yes
  • GPS: Yes, with AGPS support and EPO
  • Front camera: 0.3MP
  • Rear Camera: 8.0MP, with autofocus and LED flash
  • HD video recording.
  • Radio: Yes (FM) (****)
  • Official Play preinstalled Google

(*) Unlocked and quatribanda for use anywhere in the world.

(**) The terminal has a 2GB ROM, and some customs firmwares or leave some memory for an internal drive, or simply used to install any apps.

(***) Some pages and descriptions indicate that the rear camera is 12 or 13MPx, but apparently it is a misinterpretation of the driver, and all are 8mpx

System Benchmark AnTuTu obtained info 

  

System info obtained with Quadrant Standard 

  

Report sensors and characteristics, obtained with Z-Devices 

 

Operating System/User Interface 

The device comes with a customized version specifically, and includes several useful menus. The truth is that in this sense is quite well implemented OS and appreciated.

The trouble is that, unlike the trend of Chinese manufacturers, the device does not come rooteado from factory, so we must seek an effective method to perform this operation (rooting the terminal)

On the web I found several methods for rooting this terminal, but none has helped me effectively, so I’ve chosen directly by installing a custom rom that besides me rooteado terminal comes with some optimization settings are not bad in this terminal.

Fortunately, the device’s interface is not affected by the installation of the custom roms (see the section Custom Roms for more information), and kept most of these interfaces.

From the point of view of analysis, never I focus on the interface itself, since it is a customization or specific launcher which provides these facilities, but considering that there are many alternative roms, and they all use the same interface, I seems particularly interesting comment and show it.

 

The above image display corresponds to the original firmware of the device and the ROM Ravenous (in this case, this is a catch rom). The original configuration includes the famous animated wallpaper Mushrooms, I personally advise removing the battery consumption which is to have active and quite dizzying as it is very sensitive to touch on screen starts to rotate immediately with any friction .

In addition to wallpaper, I suggest installing a launcher to replace the default one, which is not very smooth on the phone. In my case, I use the Nova Prime, but anyone like Holo Launcher or similar to get a performance worth more “soft” than the next launcher.

  

In these screens you can see the menu switches included in the notification bar. By sliding to the right or left are groups of options:

  • Options screen
    • Brightness
    • Downtime
    • Rotate
  • General (Details)
    • Wifi
    • Bluetooth
    • GPS
    • Data (Connectivity)
    • Airplane mode
  • Sound
    • General Profile
    • Silence
    • Meeting (Vibration)

On the menu system

There are a number of specific options for this device, because you can use two SIMs at the same time, these options should be comfortable so you can access them quickly, and above all, should be simple and clear.

For this, the menu system found a special menu “SIM Card Management”

Within this menu, find a section that allows you to enable or disable individually to each card inserted.

In the picture above, there are two SIMs inserted in the system, a company Pepehone (recognized as 21,406), and the other of Telstra, which in this case I have disabled.

Calls that do to the Yoigo SIM mark me as the phone is turned off. Enabling the SIM, the process takes about 4 seconds and is immediate, as they can receive and make calls once activated immediately (no waiting for the service is available)

Appear on the same menu options to manage how we will use the embedded SIMs. You can set each service type is used by one or another SIM, which is very convenient for those who have 2 SIMs with different types of contracted services, for example, in my case I have a SIM that I use regularly for calls and personal use, and another SIM I bought a modem MIFI, which only I have a data plan contract.

In the above case, I manage just voice calls, video calls and text messages, go to the first SIM (the commonly used), while anything that involves data/internet, use the second SIM (with plan data).

Also, for those who have data plans that discriminate fees schedule, they can come more comfortable setting the phone to ask you to use SIM card every time you use a service (a window with the sims available for use). This SIM settings ask what use can be established for each type of service.

In the screen above, I espedivicado Voice calls out the 21,406 SIM (Pepephone), since the latter corresponds to a sim SIM data (for tests that I have disabled, as shown in the image)

If in this case I set “Always ask” to any of the SIMs disabled, if you selected the system will tell me who is disabled and give me the option to enable it at the time.

On the microSD (mount point/sdcard) 

This is one of the issues that commonly cause headaches, especially in new users of this OS.

Android is set to work with a mount point “/ sdcard”, it should be for the microSD inserted in the system.

Over time, there were some devices incorporating an internal memory to “facilitate” the user’s life, adding that as a feature within specifications. This internal memory (usually 2, 4, and in some cases may exceed these amounts) is mounted at point “/ sdcard” and as defined as it is not a good idea.

The problem comes when the user needs to download large amounts of information, such as games. Currently a game “great” may actually discharge between 1 and 2 GB of storage, which those 2 or 4GB of internal space, quickly fall far short for normal use.

The issue is that a normal user will think that adding a high-capacity microSD solves this problem. As generally does not help, since the mounting point is given by microsd “/ external_sdcard”, “/ ext_sd”, “/ external_sd” or any variant … but the point “/ sdcard” (which is used by the system to download data using programs) continue pointing to the small internal memory.

I hope the above explanation is achieved understand the problems in general android devices, and this is achieved with a better understanding of the next point to mention precisely to the mountpoint of microSD, and is that the system contains an option specified under “Storage” to manage our internal memory and microSD inserted.

Here we find the “default typing Disco”, where we decide that memory will be used in the mount point “/ sdcard”

With this option, you no longer need to be fiddling with system files to get Android points to our microSD for use as part of the file system.

Personally, I would like all Android devices allow this type of configuration, which would make life much easier for users in general.

About the GPS 

Many have read in forums that the device has GPS problems, especially the custom rom Changai (see section Custom Roms), which theoretically can not use the GPS in it.

After searching the web for information, I have seen that by editing/etc/gps.conf and changing the value of the country (in “tw” is Taiwan, and to be changed to “is” in the case of Spain ) the system is able to detect GPS satellites, yes, the first detection delay much, about 10 minutes, but then we are faster the following searches.

To use GPS, you must first activate it in Settings-location services, and also can use “wizards” to search faster satellite.

 

(GPS data obtained with the custom rom Revenous)

The two assistants that can be activated are EPO (Extended Forecast orbits of GPS satellites in the network) and the famous A-GPS (Assisted GPS)

Just for clarification, and I’ve seen is a lot of confusion on this issue. Many people confuse the A-GPS, with browsers such as MAPs, ranging downloading map data while surfing.

Attendees (EPO and A-GPS), simply download a small file that indicates Internet, in the case of A-GPS, where the satellites at the time, and with this device “tune” the antenna in which expect to find in the area you are in, instead of scanning the entire frequency band looking for signals from these satellites.

Therefore, downloading a file from A-GPS or EPO (I’m not familiar with, but I assume it will also download a file with forecasts of satellite locations) is equivalent to receiving an email by gmail, so NO is a misuse of data, as might be the use of Google Maps and Navigator, if intensive data to download the maps as you move.

Furthermore, to complete the A-GPS information (and I assume that EPO) can be used for a few days, without downloading Internet specifically this every time you turn on the GPS.

That said, I suggest having always on the A-GPS and EPO for fast location of satellites.

For those who do not have a data plan, it is suggested to use a program like Status [/url], and use the option to download A-GPS data from your tools menu, so download this data when we are connected to a WiFi network.

Testing with the GPS, I managed to connect with both the official rom, as with Revenous and with Taiwan. Always takes a long time the first time you connect, but the following is sometimes faster. I assume that is because the files contain rom pointing to another geographic region, and thus the phone has trouble determining the original position where it is.

Using the Z-Device Test program, I made the GPS accuracy test, with the following results:

(Accuracy test performed with the custom rom Taiwan)

I’m no expert on these matters, but considering that the GPS has been tested in a floor, by the window, and with a cloudy day, the average error does not seem so great (92.93m), as with other GPS I have not even managed to take the test under the same conditions (not connected satellites).

The positioning system has no digital compass, which is very useful, especially pedestrian navigation (walking from one place to another using a GPS as a guide), but I saw somewhere that the system determines the direction of motion with differences of five meters, so in good condition, you should have a much lower average error than +90 I have achieved, and therefore with a displacement of 5 meters (at least) the system can deduce the direction we are taking. In practice, the displacement can be more than 10 meters to show any effect, but motorized travel (car, bus, train) is correct orientation and positioning system works pretty well. It is quite likely to lose the signal, if we go through a tunnel more or less long, but with time and use it captures the signal faster.

Camera 

That point may be quite unclear, because depending on where you look at the specifications, in some places it gets 8mpx, or even 13MPx 12Mpx.

The truth is that finding out a little more about it, everything seems to indicate that this phone only has one camera model, and a sensor 8Mpx

It also has a fairly fast and quiet autofocus that works acceptably most of the time. Programs that incorporate barcode readers or similar work seamlessly with the autofocus of the camera.

The daytime photos, have good image quality, but for an emergency that does not count with a camera around, you can use that come with this device.

For example, I got a series of comparison photos between phablet N7300, and flight performance, a camera, such as the Casio Exilim EX-H15, both in automatic mode and not zoom or change any settings.

All comparative photos are for a day session, with the semi-cloudy sky.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the pictures above I think you can make a pretty good general idea of ??the results that can be obtained with the camera.

Other tests: 

Night shots (not comparative. Every corresoponden photos below the device)

Some photos indoors

The picture quality is not great or anything, but for an emergency, and if you do not have another camera, there is enough light can get pretty decent pictures (from my point of view as an amateur photographer and casual)

Benchmarks

Benchmarks testing device generally give good results for most aspects of the console, less for the GPU, and is to be noted here is that the GPU is incorporated, although not very potent enough for a standard mobile normal screen with a lower resolution, but having a high resolution device (1280 * 720), the screen is simply too big to the GPU, so you can not get better results in this section.

Tests corresopnden to AnTuTu Benchmark, Quadrant Standard and Epic Citadel, with the following results.

AnTuTu Benchmark (3.1.2) 

 
  • RAM: 1176
  • CPU integer: 1495
  • CPU float-pint: 1137
  • 2D graphics [720x1280]: 315
  • 3D graphics [720x1280]: 819
  • Database IO: 460
  • SD card write: (19.5MB/s) 150 (*)
  • SD card read: (13.7 MB/s) 137
  • CPU frequency: 1001 MHz (x2)
  • Total: 5689 

(*) We used a microSD 32GB class 10 Samsung brand .

AnTuTu Benchmark (3.0.3) 

 
  • RAM: 1196
  • CPU integer: 1519
  • CPU float-pint: 1122
  • 2D graphics [720x1280]: 317
  • 3D graphics [720x1280]: 774
  • Database IO: 440
  • SD card write: (19.5MB/s) 150 (*)
  • SD card read: (13.7 MB/s) 112
  • CPU frequency: 1001 MHz (x2)
  • Total: 5689 

(*) We used a microSD 32GB class 10 Samsung brand .

Deputy results AnTuTu updated version, and version 3.0.3, which generally give different values ??because the versions after 3.0.3 has fallen sharply the number of points given for some devices, and gained a lot in other , so to do a little more testing posting both standard results, but as you can see in this case the results are similar.

Quadrant Standard 

  • CPU: 4595
  • Memory: 3040
  • I/O: 3941
  • 2D: 180
  • 3D: 1468
  • Total: 2645 

Epic Citadel 

Hight Performance Test (1280×720): 17.9

High Quality Test (1280×720): 15.4

As is evident in this test, great detail/resolution graphical device proves too for incorporating GPU, so in almost any application that requires intensive graphics processing, the GPU performance will be adversely affected, since the 1280×720 screen pixels that have to process huge turn smoothly.

Performance with apliaciones

Well, to review the overall performance of a device such as a tablet or phone, it’s best to try some games. As much benchmark to do, does not give a real sense of how fluid (or not) the device can go, so I opted to capture some videos to give you a general idea, and practical examples that can be expected of the device .

Consider that most of the games I’ve tried are just games that require graphics performance and therefore will not 100% fluid, but the proof is that I made a conscience, and it does not seem useful to show less demanding games running without problems on the device (if I have any, like Starwars Angry Birds HD, or Super Hexagon, so you can see if you can move without problems such games)

N.o.v.a. 3 

This game asks enough resources and has a GPU intensive.

The audio and video streams are out of sync.

The game itself has enough lag and relentizaciones and practice can not play it.

Rayman Jungle Run 

2D game, but with intense use of CPU to generate the graphs. I chose to make a choice for the resolved 2D graphics GPU instead of the CPU, but I have not achieved greater difference in performance (can be a little more fluid … that the audio stutters less, but still relentizado)

The game is “slow”, but depending on the user, can be “playable” (my 3 year old plays it well, and is happy)

Real Racing 3 

3D game with very intensive use of 3D graphics, with many details and much use of resources in general.

Surprisingly, the game runs, but not at 100% fullspeed, but at a rate sufficient to jugaro. It slows down a bit, but is especially noticeable in the audio.

Super Hexagon 

The fashion game I have found some device that can not run fluently, but as you can see in this case is very smooth and fluid.

Machinarium 

This game has many moving sprites, but if you have a lot of detail and high quality images. has some lag in the control, but being a game that does not require an immediate response precisely at the controls, you can play pretty well (you have to take the trick of the pointer, which appears to be offset from where it is pressed into screen)

Angry Birds HD Starwars 

Oddly enough, there are some devices that can not run the game fluently, as amended HD (van relentizados). In this case, it runs smoothly, very smoothly and with very good tactile response.

N64oid Emulator (Nintendo 64) 

To end this series of tests, I loaded a N64 emulator, to show how the fluid can go emulacioón generally in this device.

Always consider the emulation screen resizes to 1280×720 pixels, and therefore the execution should be affected by having to work with a big decision.

Even so, and as you can see, the emulation is quite fluid. You can see some relentizaciones, especially in the introduction of “Zelda – Ocarina of Time”, but then in the execution of the game is quite fluid and fully playable (with onscreen controls, of course)

Note: I hope to upload a gameplay of Zelda, which I cut in the video before you start playing, but I think with the other examples and you can make a general idea of ??how it goes in the device emulation.

Official Firmwares and Custom Firmwares 

Before installing a custom rom of existing, install ClockworkMod on the device, which is an alternative Recovery (custom) with more options than the original manufacturer recovery can offer, among which Nandroids generation ( backup and restore option), with which they have been generated (Backup) the existing custom roms, and to be installed by the opposite process (Restore)

Flashing a official rom/Installing Clockwork Mod 

Conceptually, to install this recovery, you have to flash the official firmware in the device, but before you have to replace the flash file that corresponds to the recovery of the machine, and put the recovery “modified” that works specifically with the device.

Official Firmware 

Procedure: 

  • Install drivers with PDANet + , or with This part is important to properly set before proceeding.
  • Download the file Flashtools 4.0 
  • Download official firmware 4.1.1 .

    Note : This mini-guide is based on the installation of version 4.1.1 mencinoada above. I guess it works with any other official firmware, but to avoid problems, I suggest installing version specifically mentioned.

  • Download the file (CWM) modified [/url] to run on this device.
  • The previous file (ClockworkMod), unzip the file and copy only “e1901_v77_cxq_asx_121225__recovery_130101-155903.img” in some folder.
  • Rename the file you have copied “e1901_v77_cxq_asx_121225__recovery_130101-155903.img “by” recovery “(without extensions), inside the folder where we unzipped the official 4.1.1 firmware file. If asked, overwrite the existing file.

    Note : If we have the official firmware without CWM, simply skip the file copy of the recovery, to flash the firmware without modification.

So far, what we’ve done is make the folder containing the files needed to be flashed on the device, replacing the stock recovery (which comes with the firmware) by the CWM.

Now, we need to flash this rom on the phone.

  • Disconnect the phone from the PC, and remove the battery.
  • Connect your phone to your PC via USB. If all goes well, the PC will recognize the dipositive and install the appropriate drivers.
  • Inside the folder Flash_Tool 4.0, run “Flash Tool.exe “
  • Select “Scatter-loading File “, find the directory” 20121126_e1901_v77_cxq_asx “(the official 4.1.1 firmware unzipped) and inside it, find the file” MT6577_Android_scatter_emmc. “Select and open
If all went well, the necessary parameters flashing program will load, automatically showing the information required for each file type.

Select the button “Download” and wait until the flashing process is run. The application displays an “OK” when the download process is complete. At this point the phone will reboot. If restarting the application does not recognize the device, remove and replace the USB cable, to proceed with the installation.

At the end of the installation process, we will have an official rom with a custom ClockworkMod recovery installed. Actually, the whole process is to do the latter, as the existing install custom roms through this recovery, as the stock can not install these firmwares (I understand it’s a matter of packaging and signing of files).

For more information on this procedure, see this link or this link ( original Russian )

Installing Custom Roms 

At the time of writing, there are 2 Custom Roms for this device, and both are update ZIP format, for which use the option “Install zip from sdcard” in CWM.

The procedure is similar for both:

  • Copy the. Zip on microsd
  • Starting ClockworkMod Recovery (with the phone turned off, press and hold [VOL +], and hold, turn on the device. Maintain [VOL +] button until the recovery menu)
  • Select “Wipe data/factory reset”
  • Select “Wipe cache partition”
  • Select “Wipe Dalvik Cache-Advanced”
  • In the main menu, select “install zip from sdcard – choose zip from sdcard”
  • We seek rom that we copied to the microSD and select
  • We confirm that we install
  • We hope to finish the process, and select “Reboot system now”
  • The first boot of a newly installed rom always takes a while, so be patient.

Rom Taiwan 101 V.05.0 

download 

Features:

  • Based on the official firmware 20130114
  • Rooteada
  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
  • It includes Taiwan101 topic (basically shown as custom wallpaper in menu system)
  • Fix the problems existing in the ROM version V.04
  • All applications that come in are updated rom (the date of the rom, of course)
  • Support for re-partitioning of data (EBR1) via flash tool
  • Added APN settings Taiwanese Carriers
  • Dual Launcher 360/Samsung
  • Local Settings default GPS: Taiwan
  • Busybox
  • Relocation intaladas applications in/data/app (for easy removal)

Ravenous n7300 v1.0 4.1 

download 

Cracterísticas:

  • Ravenous ROM v1.0 n7300 4.1 JellyBean
  • Rooteada
  • Deodex, zipalign
  • Bravia engine file
  • Beats Audio Processor (Awesome Beats.apk)
  • Uninstalled Chinese applications
  • Local Settings default GPS: Europe
  • Seeder.apk (acceleration system)
  • SGN2-Live Wallpaper
  • New animation battery (Thanks to Taiwan101)
  • New boot animation (Samsung Galaxy Note)

Sources of information 

I have obtained information from various sources, of which I am left with these links:

HTC-Manía : [SCENE] Todo para tu Changjiang/HDC/CXQ/NoteII+ N7300
Forum.china-iphone.ru : Changjiang N7300 5.7 HD Android 4.0 MTK6577 1G RAM
XDA-Developers : [Trick] Speed Up Satelite Fix for GPS on Android
PlusGSM : [Tutorial] Custom Recovery CWM para ZP950/N7300 (ChangJiang) e demais Réplicas

Pros, cons and improvements

The phone has many interesting aspects to consider, as well as some who are against it and it would be very welcome to phone for a review of some of them are improved.

Pros 

  • The most obvious, is undoubtedly the screen, with an impressive size and resolution
  • Flip-Cover is included with the device, which gives you an extra layer of protection that complements the use of any film to protect the screen from sticking to it.
  • Ability to use the phone to talk with the Flip Cover closed.
  • Good quality materials, good construction and assembly. It gives the impression of low quality product at any time
  • It includes a second extra battery as standard shipping.
  • Battery life, on testing, the device lasted me more to use than a conventional mobile standard (usually use a Motorola Defy, which falls short battery last day)
  • GUI with a menu and accesses phone features that are easy and convenient to use
  • Simultaneous use of the two SIMs in the phone. not necessary to disable an use the other.
  • Easy administration of the two SIMs inserted in the phone.
  • Screen with IPS panel, which offers good image quality.
  • Development Custom ROMs for the device
  • I will consider as a positive, the camera is built into the device 8mpx, and includes autofocus and an LED flash.
  • Option to select, through system setup, memory which will be used as primary storage medium (internal memory or inserted microSD) without touching system files.

Cons 

  • If it is true that the best point of all is the screen size, also plays against, because it is too large for the device incorporating GPU and for some applications (mainly games) may not sufficient GPU power to move fluently.
  • No digital compass. Although not a critical point, personally I think for a personal navigation system (to walk, walk from one place to another) the inclusion of the compass offers very useful in navigation programs
  • I have considered the inclusion of the camera as a positive, but I must also comment that the quality of the photos is just “enough” for emergency use the camera, but not of sufficient quality to be able to have the device camera normal wear, especially in low-light photographs-night
  • Unfortunately there (or I could not find) an ICS version of firmware for the device. If there is one, you could use Chainfire to play with the screen resolution and thus able to run applications like games more fluidly.
  • I consider as negative point that the GPS takes too long to get a signal, even editing files to set custom GPS location, to have initial reference system.

Enhancements 

  • Add an output port micro/mini HDMI
  • Add a folding leg to leave the screen vertically (watch videos, for example)
  • Include digital compass
  • Provide a site where consultation for product updates (I could not find an official page)
  • Adding a more powerful GPU, so you can handle with ease the device screen, and in turn be able to run games and applications fluently.

Conclusion 

Before writing this article, I have been for over a week using the device, to get a better idea about it, not so much on the technical side, but as a device for normal use, and the size of the phone is a factor important to consider and to discriminate the type of users that may have this device (and generally phablets)

That said, I must also say that I very quickly got used to using this device daily, to the point that I find it difficult to re-use my regular phone. Get used to this screen, and stop relying on the tablet for some things (check the mail and open websites, on the phone, especially surfing the net, I find little comfort) now are activities that I find much more comfortable .

The possibility of using two SIMs simultaneously has a number of exciting possibilities, and especially focuses on people who, for example, need to have a SIM staff, and other work, and not having to carry two phones to meet both numbers .

In addition, the simplified management of SIMs make it very natural to use the two in the same device. Turn off one or both SIMs, maintaining phone functionality is also very simple and it is a point worth taking into account and that will appeal to more than one user.

Personally, I think this type of solution, the Phablets, do not target all audiences, but all can be used, of course. Given their size characteristics, and especially the user interface, which has some icons and large text, I think for someone who likes most of the technology could be a good device. The fact is that from personal experience, my mother accidentally saw this phone and asked me about him, why exactly has been seen that the letters very clear and crisp and of a size suitable for her, that because of their age your vision is impaired, I could read the screen smoothly.

In short, I find an interesting product, focused on a specific group of users that can be found in these devices a solution to your technology needs “journal”. I think the product is good quality, features and performance, and it’s worth giving it a try, though, considering that for someone looking to play a giant screen, this device is not for that, or at least not for games that require intensive GPU (as Nova 3, Modernc Combat 4, etc)

Final Words 

It has been a pleasure to write this review, and this time especially since I said part of the daily usage experience has given me a kind of device that had not previously had occasion to test.

I hope that this experience will be helpful to anyone seeking information on this device.

Possibly the information in this article can be completed by most things missing comment, but I’ll try to update over time.

Zalu2!

Deen0X

[CUSTOM FIRMWARE] TheXSample – SXELROM v1.0 for JXDS7300B

TheXSample – SXELROM JXD v1.0 for S7300B 

 

Use of this article 

The author (Deen0X) allows you to use this article, either by copying or link to anyone who wants it, with the only condition that remains the author and a link to the original source of this review, which is cited in the following section .

Source and update the information in this article 

The original article (in Spanish) is in Deen0X’s Blog .

For updates on this article, I suggest visiting one of the links above.

Introduction 

I had the opportunity to participate as a member of TheXSample team, which has taken aim to continue with Skelton generated custom roms, but for JXDS7300B, and this article is the presentation of this paper that this time I come to make known to the community.

To summarize a bit, basically characterized by Skelroms roms be simple, without much customization to user level (no or spectacular effects, and special options or anything like that), but are based on the original roms that basically bloatware clean software (software typically Chinese filler or manufacturers often place), and that both are added to a series of specific tweaks to achieve gain, insofar as possible, but stability in the system, better CPU performance and better compatibility in the market google.

For with the same philosophy, the new Team wanted to continue generating its own version of the Skelrom, which by giving a nod to users, in clear reference to their origin have wanted to call S ELROM with an “X” (which is the same name of The Sample), and clearly favors the confusion (or similarity) with the original rom, so users feel the familiarity of this firmware , or at least know where it comes from.

(Initial Desktop rom)

To say that this rom development takes time, basically because most of its members are, or with very little time to devote to the project, or you are with other projects, but that everyone has to try to meet interested in collaboration, continue working on this project.

The release of the sources has been a major milestone to generate the synergy necessary for the project to take a more definite shape, and especially the incorporation of some members who have contributed in a fundamental way in the development, particularly in the kernel, along with other important pillars such as the driver of the controls and the new mapping tool, which already know [/url] at this height.

Well, that said, it is simply an introduction to this post, I present this new Custom Rom, in which I have been fortunate to participate, albeit rather indirect, in its development (basically as tester and suggesting some options )

Features 

For a complete list of features, read the file

(SXELROM beta, showing some of the new features)

Will list only the main features present to the generation of this article.

(Separate mount points for the internal memory and the microSD)

  • Based Skelrom v1.0 for JXDS7300B, and updates the stock firmwares 1.4 (sources, firmware not publicly released) and 1.5 of JXD, so it includes all the fixes applied Skelrom, and novelties latest official firmware.
  • Includes new boot image, boot animation and wallpaper
  • Code cleanup, based exclusively on official sources. It contains traces of software or components outside the console.
  • New system mount points. Now sdcard and external_sdcard are level (not mounted one inside the other) with the swap can be done more easily.
  • Improved console deep sleep. When the wifi is not active, the console consumes much less battery when idle.
  • Fixed problem in some games Graphic Apps generating glitches on screen (example: Guerrilla Bob)
  • Changes to optimize the system, cache, SQLite, etc..
  • Rom to 1.32GHz by default. This includes patches to change the CPU frequency.
  • Kernel built from the sources provided by Skelton and Tincore, with several features ( look at the section on Kernel )
  • Implementation of new governors for the console specific, taking into account the same hardware to generate these configurations and their corresponding optimizations. Of these governors highlights especially the so-called “ondemand” that manages to remove over 10,000 points in AnTuTu, with a 1.3GHz single console (without unnecessarily stressing the CPU to achieve this result)
  • The governor “ondemand” also allows, among other things, the execution more “cold” system, as it requires no unnecessary stress causing the CPU to run at top speed steadily.
  • FIX is rejoining the 50Hz screen, the same as it has been suggested to incorporate into your firmware JXD 1.5 ( See the note on the screen refresh )
  • Generating new driver controls, Tincore completely rewritten and improved features that include the console input lag (less response delay in controls).
  • Adding new mapping tool KeyMapper [/url] “, with specific options for this firmware ( look at KeyMapper Tincore section for more information )
  • Two versions to install this rom. A clean (keeping the essence of a Skelrom), and a “RE-Custom”, which is basically the same as the clean, to which have been added some emulators and programs that are already pre-configured. This rom is basically disñeada for novice users in the android world, and they need a little help in order to start using the console and its emulators. ( See paragraph RE-Custom )

About the new Kernel 

The kernel of this rom is generated based on the sources released by JXD for this device, and corresponding with the official version 1.4 (which was released with minor changes as 1.5)

(New governors added)

Among the notable changes on sources, we can highlight the following:

  • Changes in CPU and voltage parameters, to slightly reduce the temperature and give more stability to the system.
  • New governor “hotplug” added to the list of available governors.
  • New governor smartass renamed to “ondemand” added to the list of available governors.
  • Governor “ondemand” HAL uses bootspulse JellyBean, so the console with your specific hardware adjusts best to the speed you need.
  • Support CIFS / NFS to mount network drives with this protocol (Windows shared folders, for example), to use content as any other unit in local mode (android programs can directly access the contents of these shares)
  • Optimizations in the I / O schedulers, and NAND parameters that improve read / write access to files and the memory.
  • Mali driver optimizations to improve response 2D drawing, and increase its graphic cache buffer.

 

(AnTuTu Benchmark results with new firmware settings, running at 1.32GHz and ondemand governor, getting about 10,000, slightly above the same test performed at a console and governor performance 1.5GHz)

The above changes, and others that have not been considered in the list, together they help make the system much more stable than the original firmware, applications getting less unexpected closures, better processing wakeup event after deep sleep and with this console is not left “hanging”, and even improvements in the boot, as the unit can be mounted microsd automatically from system boot, without removing and re-inserting the microSD (for the case of microSD 64GB, 32GB and even some of that before if gave problems)

Also, it is now possible to use units with less problems Sandisk Ultra 64GB microSD class 10, so far plenty of problems in this device (the hardware seems sometimes not correctly read the contents, but now you can even boot with microsd inserted, and that it is mounted at boot without problems, provided that the wifi is not active). In any case, avoid these cards and use other brands like Lexar and no more than 32GB (16GB going well), which has been shown to have fewer problems with the device.

On the screen refresh 

There is a problem with the display driver, and that makes the system is restored within 60Hz when the console awake after sleep mode.

This problem is different from the originally detected 50Hz mode, and is set to boot the console, which has been applied to the leaves actually FIX at 60Hz, but once enters sleep mode and wakes up, the rate of soda back down, but by about 50Hz.

The existing workaround for this problem is to temporarily change the governors, and with this system sometimes returns to a 60Hz, but not 100% of the time.

They are looking to see if there is a solution to this problem which affects all existing firmwares so far, both official and Customs.

About the new driver controls: Tincore Driver 

It has been completely rewritten the code for this driver, optimizing it and creating new interfaces for use with the tool Tincore KeyMapper.

(KeyMapper, with some of the new features such as Mouse Continuous mode)

The driver, having a more optimized code, earn much in execution speed and this results in a lower response time and action controls (Input lag)

Besides this, we have implemented to generate keyboard events to inactive mode KeyMapper, and thus can use the right stick console, simulating a 4-way digital stick that can be mapped into games and emulators enabling key mapping.

(Showing some of the features of the new driver)

When the driver is in “Keyboard” (KeyMapper off), the system sends the keys that correspond to:

  • D-Pad Up = Up Arrow Keyboard
  • D-Pad Down = Down Arrow keyboard
  • D-Pad Left = Left Arrow keyboard
  • D-Pad Right = Right Arrow keyboard
  • Stick Left = Same as D-PAD, but ranges values ??(analog behavior)
  • Right Stick Up = “I”
  • Right Stick Down = “K”
  • Right Stick Left = “J”
  • Right Stick Right = “L”
  • Button X = BUTTON_X
  • Button Y = BUTTON_Y
  • Button A = BUTTON_A
  • Button B = BUTTON_B
  • L1 Button = BUTTON_L
  • R1 Button = BUTTON_R
  • = L2 Button BUTTON_L2
  • Button R2 = BUTTON_R2
  • Select Button = BUTTON_SELECT
  • Start Button = BUTTON_START

This same layouts for the right stick is used by some native android games, and is associated genralmente crosshairs in FPS games. (Or the right stick in a standard command)

Note on the D-PAD 

It has been confirmed that the d-pad is welded in the same tracks as the left stick, so it is not possible to separate these two controls.

Also it has been confirmed that the D-PAD, is actually an analog stick, but with the value ranges configured such that the result of the feeling of a digital use.

Other features of the driver 

 

 

(KeyMapper using the original driver JXD)

The driver also maintains the possibility of using the original driver console, offering the same functionality as the JXD tool, plus the ability to save / load profiles of controls (this is what beats the original tool). This feature is useful, especially towards the development of new custom roms that failure to develop their own driver controls, you can always use the original driver JXD, and new mapping tool, allowing even eliminate that comes defect.

SXELROM Recustom 

The status of this rom is “Beta”, that still need to be polished some programs, but is published to get more feedback on it.

This Rom is actually a Custom ROM that builds on the same SXELROM, and has customized over it (hence Re-Custom).

The objective of this rom is to provide a firmware image that is “install and use”, and is aimed primarily for users new to the world more consoles android (android in general) and that in principle are overwhelmed by the amount information and options available, both in forums and in the same google play, and we add the absence of a specific manual or to the console nor the emulators that run on it.

On the installed applications. 

Special care has been taken not to include any payment application in ROM, so that all that have been installed can download and upgrade seamlessly from Google Play Store, or from official websites of each application (as the case some emulators free, but not found in the market from google)

What gives this rom? 
Besides including a number of applications, both games and general system utilities, each application is configured with specific settings to have a system ready to use.

Below is a list of programs and settings made in this rom.

Note: To view these and other applications that can be useful, I suggest to visit this article .

 

      File Explorer
    • Configured navigation mode for system files (Par can edit them, you have to access the “Mount file sistma” program. In the current mode, to modify only the contents of the device memory and inserted into the microSD slot)
    • Configured FTP file server. The default is on port 3721, with the user txs, txs password (to connect another device through this protocol, and you can copy files to and from the microSD and the device’s internal memory)

 

 

  • AirDroid 
    • Since the USB connector of this console has the problem that does not connect well with any device, transfer files (small) and information between the device and the computer (or other device), this tool has been added to access wirelessly to the device. Not intended for very large files, because the transfer rate is not high, but for small files like documents, mp3, roms, etc, can serve perfectly.
    • You have set a generic password (only works on local networks) and is: txs

 

  • Flashlight
    • Small utility flashlight that uses the device’s screen to emit light. This tool allows, among other things, adjust the light intensity and color.

 

      Player [/url]
    • Reference for video player, which has an interface that can be handled almost entirely by gestures, and that has to play modes and options very complete

 

 

      Left Widget [/url]
    • Battery Widget with extended information about calibration, and has a more pleasing.

 

 

  • Fancy Widgets 
    • Widget desktop clock and weather information.
    • Set to get the location automatically (requires internet connection)

 

      Manager [/url] (included in the standard version)
    • Manager CIFS units connected to the device.

 

 

  • DSP Manager (Included in standard version)
    • Processor audio signal, which helps improve the device sound experience

 

      (Included in the standard version)
    • Application that allows you to hide the taskbar Android
    • Configured left button:
      • A touch = Back Button [BACK]
      • Length = Touch Application List [App List]
    • Configured Right (Re-Custom version):
      • A touch = Home Button [HOME]
      • Long press = Show Toolbar
    • Configured to appear on the notification list (Custom Re-release)
    • Set the option to allow FullScreen from booting (Re-Custom version)

 

 

  • Mame4Droid
    • Configured general performance options
    • Buttons and controls Configured Player 1 Mode Street Fighter (6 buttons)
      • D-PAD/Stick Left = D-PAD
      • Stick B = BUTTON_Y
      • Stick X = BUTTON_X
      • A = BUTTON_R1 Stick
      • Stick Y = BUTTON_B
      • Stick L1 = BUTTON_A
      • Stick R1 = BUTTON_L1
      • Select = BUTTON_SELECT Stick
      • Start = BUTTON_START Stick
      • Exit = Not defined
      • Option = BUTTON_L2
    • Default Route roms, Directorybind linked through a path in the microSD roms, in the / mnt/external_sdcard/Romsets/Mame0.37b11 

 

      Mame4all Reloaded
    • Configured general performance options
    • Buttons and controls Configured Player 1 Mode Street Fighter (6 buttons)
      • D-PAD/Stick Left = D-PAD
      • Stick B = BUTTON_Y
      • Stick X = BUTTON_X
      • A = BUTTON_R1 Stick
      • Stick Y = BUTTON_B
      • Stick L1 = BUTTON_A
      • Stick R1 = BUTTON_L1
      • Select = BUTTON_SELECT Stick
      • Start = BUTTON_START Stick
      • Exit = Not defined
      • Option = BUTTON_L2
    • Default Route roms, Directorybind linked through a path in the microSD roms, in the / mnt/external_sdcard/Romsets/Mame0.139 

 

 

      Folder Player Free
    • Mp3 Player that processes directories as ábums
    • It has widget with cover.

 

 

      Mupen64Plus AE
    • Nintendo64 Emulator
    • Configured Controls Player 1:
      • Left Analog Stick = D-PAD/Stick
      • = C-Stick Right Buttons
      • Button “A” = BUTTON_A or BUTTON_X
      • Button “B” = BUTTON_B or BUTTON_Y
      • Button L = BUTTON_L2
      • Button Z = BUTTON_L
      • Button R = BUTTON_R
      • Start Button = BUTTON_START

 

 

      No-Frills CPU
    • Program governors to configure the system. In principle there is no need, but to try to apply the fix of 60Hz after waking the screen, used to change the governors temporarily.

 

 

  • QuickPic
    • Replacement gallery program that comes standard on Android

 

      Media Root [/url]
    • Program to enable / disable scanning of Android means. That is included in some microSD relentizaciones give some problems when accessing them, can help remove these problems disabling media scanning
    • Note: media scanning disables the ability to capture screens (screenshots) of android with the key combination [Vol-] & [Power]

 

 

  • Snes9x Ex + 
    • Configured controls the Player 1:
      • Left Analog Stick = D-PAD/Stick
      • Select = BUTTON_SELECT
      • Start = BUTTON_START
      • A = BUTTON_A
      • B = BUTTON_B
      • X = BUTTON_X
      • Y = BUTTON_Y
      • L = BUTTON_L
      • R = BUTTON_R
      • Turbo A = BUTTON_R2
      • Turbo B = BUTTON_L2
      • Turbo X = RIGHTSTICK_RIGHT
      • Turbo Y = RIGHTSTICK_LEFT

 

  • Tiger Arcade 
    • Configured Controls Player 1:
      • Left Analog Stick = D-PAD/Stick
      • = BUTTON_SELECT Coin
      • Start = BUTTON_START
      • Button A = BUTTON_Y
      • Button B = BUTTON_X
      • Button C = BUTTON_R1
      • = BUTTON_B X Button
      • Button Y = BUTTON_A
      • Button Z = BUTTON_L1
      • A + B Button = BUTTON_R2
      • Button A + B + C = BUTTON_L2
    • Classic Mode button mode enabled (keeps the order of the buttons ABC & XYZ)
    • Note: No need roms path configuration, by performing a scan to find compatible roms.

 

  • Directory Bind 
    • Utility to generate links from directories, and that is included to organize the contents of the internal memory and microSD
    • Generation of the following addresses (binds):
      • /mnt/external_sdcard/Gameloft /sdcard/Gameloft (Data Gameloft games)
      • /mnt/external_sdcard/DCIM /sdcard/DCIM (pictures and videos captured)
      • /mnt/external_sdcard/Pictures /sdcard/Pictures (Screenshots)
      • /mnt/external_sdcard/Romsets/Mame0.37b11 /sdcard/ROMs/Mame4All/roms (romset for Mame4Droid)
      • /mnt/external_sdcard/Romsets/Mame0.139 / sdcard/ROMs/Mame4droid/roms (romset for Mame4Droid Reloaded)
      • /mnt/external_sdcard /sdcard/sdcard_shared (directory to access the microsd from ma only programs that share memory device as AirDroid)
      • /mnt/external_sdcard/Android /sdcard/Android (main directory where you downloaded Android most applications and data sets)
      • /mnt/external_sdcard/Download – /sdcard/Download (Directory usually used by Android to download files). This link is disabled by default (see note about Directory using Bind)

 

 

      Kids Place
    • A program to create a “space” (actually a launcher) for a child to handle the tablet, and move to the defined programs without risk to do things outside this space (such as deleting files , change settings, etc.)
    • Set default pin to 1234
    • Are added in the list of programs, emulators preinstalled: Mame4Droid, Mame4Droid Reloaded, Retroarch, Snes9x Ex +, Tiger Arcade, Mupen64Plus AE also MixZing Music Player.

As I write this note, these were the major programs included in the rom. If you add more in the final version or any unchanged, will update this list.

The rom automatically generates the necessary directory structure for the system to work properly Directory directory bind.

It is suggested that, after the first boot, leaving a couple of minutes and restart, to give you time to generate the directories and mount everything correctly on the second start.

If for any reason this generation is not successful, in the same installation package (Nandroid) directories are to be generated on the MicroSD, and a folder with directories to the internal memory. Simply copy the contents of this folder on the internal memory of the device.

About using Bind Directory. 

We opted for the use of this program, as the rom does not come with the feature of the microsd Swap enabled, and some users may prefer to have internal and external memory, either because they do not have a microsd, or that is more practical to have the microsd as external memory.

If the console starts without a microsd activated, redirects will fail to generate these links, and therefore the use of microSD is “natural”, that is, the data is actually stored in the corresponding microsd.

Keep in mind that if you insert a microsd Directory and bind the program runs again, the data stored in the internal memory are no longer active, the return addresses to be active.

For example, if inserted the microsd, the emulator roms Mame4Droid look in the folder / mnt/external_sdcard/Romsets/Mame0.37b11 (for example), but if not inserted, seek their roms in the path / sdcard / ROMs / Mame4All/roms

This is convenient, because we have some roms (our favorite) stored on this route, and if we do not have the microsd with roms, we can launch the games that we have stored in the internal memory.

The same goes for the other directories configured, when not inserted microSD, android will access the directories “normal” existing in the microSD

How to add more directories? 

It may be the case that a user wants to set up more links to directories. For instance, installing a GPS application (call MyAPPGPS, to give a name), and this application creates a directory in / sdcard / MyAPPGPS where download all information from maps, voices, etc..

If we want to move this directory to the microsd, and avoid the use of internal memory, simply add the appropriate link Directory bind, as follows.

 

  • Application Menu -> Add new entry

 

 

  • In the configuration window of the new entry, set in the source path (hold on the input field to open a browser window. MyAPPGPS create the folder and select the “Select” button):
    /Mnt/external_sdcard/MyAPPGPS

 

 

  • In Target, set (do the same procedure as above, but this time selecting MyAPPGPS existing directory / sdcard):
    /Sdcard/MyAPPGPS

 

 

  • Check the box to move the files to the new location
  • Add the entry using the “Add”

The program will start to copy the information from one place to another, and may be delayed depending on the amount of information you need to copy.

Known Issues 

We have detected the following problems and their solutions corresopndientes:

Nova 3 
To start the game, after the initial cinematic, the picture freezes.

Solution: This has generated a new patch to apply. Look in the patches section of this article. (Nova patch Patch)

Can not access drive “external_sdcard” from windows 
When connecting the device, it appears the storage unit with “external_sdcard”.

This problem most likely relates to bad drivers installed on windows.

Solution: Disable the “USB Debugging” from the console, and then connect it to your computer.

(Units mounted properly on Windows)

If you still can not access the microsd (assuming the drive is not shown in external_sdcard), one has to check that the microUSB cable used is of good quality and not accidentally disconnect (the console’s USB port does not supports any cable is securely connected to, as most do not fit properly and are disconnected)

Alternatively, we suggest the following alternative to access the microsd, if one can access memory (usually sdcard):

  • Create the folder / mn / sdcard / shared_sdcard (use ES File Explorer, for example, to create it)
  • Using Bind Directory, create a link that points to “/ mnt / external_sdcard” (source) to “/ mnt / sdcard / shared_sdcard” (target). with this, we simulate a single sdcard that has access to the two memories.

This “trick” is valid also for other programs like AirDroid, who have no other options to access memory than “sdcard”, and with this we can access the memory microsd inserted in the device from the PC wirelessly .

Installation: 

As I said, the ROM comes in two flavors, clean and minimalist version, only the essential apps (including Retroarch emulator) and Recustom version with preset programs and emulators to install and use it.

Average SXELROM: 

 

  • Download the appropriate file (see the links section of this article), and extract the contents of “TheXSample-SXelrom v1.0 for JXD s7300B.rar” to the root of your micro SD
  • With the console off, insert the microSD with the copied files, press and hold the [VOL +], and hold, turn on the console with the [POWER]
  • Hold down the [VOL +] until the image of an android with a percentage bar. The rom will install automatically and when the process will restart the console.
  • The rom is intalada.

Recustom ROM: 

 

  • Download the file corespondiente (see the links section of this article), and extract the contents of “TheXSample-SXelrom Recustom v1.0 for JXD s7300B.rar”
  • In addition to the corresponding backup the rom, should be other empty directories that are used by Directory bind in the microSD
  • With the console off, insert the microSD with the copied files, press and hold the [VOL +], and hold, turn on the console with the [POWER]
  • Hold down the [VOL +] key until menu Clockwork Mod (Custom Recovery)
  • With the d-pad moves the cursor and [START] select “wipe data / factory reset”
  • With the d-pad moves the cursor and [START] select “wipe cache partition”
  • With the d-pad moves the cursor and [START] select “backup and restore”, then “restore”
  • In the next screen displays a menu to select the corresponding nandroid (SXELROM RECUSTOM v1.0). Select it and press [START]
  • Next, the installation of the rom (nandroid restoration) will be performed. When finished, select “Reboot system now” to complete the process and start the new rom.

Folder patches 

Patches were generated with different kernels at different speeds to be applied to the ROM (either normal or recustom). These kernels are at speeds of 1.2, 1.32 and 1.5GHz. (The default console to 1.32GHz)

Patches have also been included to interchange the mounting points and the external_sdcard sdcard. This patch is valid to apply to any of the ROMs, but in the case of the funnels will recustom defined in Directory bind, cease to function, so it is suggested to install this patch only if there is knowledge of how to perform the adjustments to work properly (with disable bind directory should suffice, yes, redirects to roms folders no longer exist, and will have to copy the roms on those routes each emulator)

Important note: This patch of SWAP, is valid ONLY AND ONLY FOR THE CUSTOM ROM v1.0 SXELROM.

Within each file comes with the information necessary steps to install each patch.

Download Links 

TheXSample – SXELROM v1.0 

TheXSample – SXELROM Recustom v1.0 (Beta) 

Patch speeds and Swap 


Updates and Patches / Fixes 

Nova Patch :

This patch is applied to correct some problems with games like Nova3 (to start playing that freezes the image).

Installing patches 

Unless otherwise stated, to apply must follow these steps:

 

  • Copy the file to the root of microsd, start the normal recovery console (the console off, and no custom recovery on microsd, press and hold [VOL +] and on).
  • In the menu, select “Apply update from EXT” (using [power] or [start] to select the highlighted option), select the appropriate file and install the patch.
  • Reboot the device.

For more links and updates, see the original article .

Credits: 

This rom has been completed thanks to the work done by several persons with their contributions, both in code mode, suggestions, contribution of ideas and opinions, testing, etc., have contributed their bit to move forward with this firmware, between which encuentrana Tincore, Skelton, Christian Troy, fun_, fuser-invent, Lomax, Namco69, Yoshi41, Deen0X and who stay to name.

Thanks for shops and Zococity Willgoo, I have provided the necessary devices for testing and thus generate the necessary feedback to the team. (Because I have more than one console, I was able to perform a series of tests in parallel to obtain useful information that was used in the development of some of the features of the firmware)

I also wanted to give special thanks to the couples (wives, etc) several of whom have been working on this project, that it takes patience and an understanding that we do this because we love, and we want to share it with more people.

I hope this project is the starting point for more projects of the same type, which are extremely rich in both technical knowledge in general, but especially on a personal level, because in my case I managed to meet interesting people, who always is rewarding and I hope to keep in touch. ^ _ ^

Zalu2!

Deen0X