New official firmware (Dec 30, 2013)

PIPO has released another firmware, PiPO M9_software_3G&WiFi_chinese version_20131130. It's a slow download from Asian site as usual, so just like last time, I'll mirror it on this site aswell - download here
 
Though this is supposed to be Chinese firmware, there is still the same install wizard with an option to change language on first boot (like October 30th version has). 
 
 
 
Only "major" change I've noticed so far, is that there is new button on taskbar that allows hiding it. If you want to show it again, just swipe from bottom of screen.
 
 
Few observations:
  • Still android 4.2.2
  • No multi-user feature available
  • Multi-window feature is still there
  • Skype works, no issues with any applications

Technical details

Official ROM, update#85_M9_3G%26wifi_1.0.9_NOMMS_20131130.img
 
Kernel: Linux version 3.0.36+ (root@lzj-desktop) #85
Build: rk30sdk-eng 4.2.2 JDQ39 eng.root.20131130.092954 test-keys
Version: Android 4.2.2
 
Benchmark results
 
Antutu (on battery power): 18275, 18926 (was 19827 on previous firmware)
Antutu (on AC): 18573, 18481 (was 19509 on previous firmware)
 
Epic Citadel (on battery power): 37.4, 38.6 (was 43.1 on previous firmware)
Epic Citadel (on AC): 38.7, 38.8 (was 43.0 on previous firmware)
 
Summary
 
I must say that the installation was not clean when I did tests - I had my everyday software installed on it. Might have affected something, because these numbers are indeed lower than before, and they also appear to be pretty random. Since only visible change is this fullscreen option, I'd say You can very well stick with the previous firmware (Oct 30, 2013).
 
 
 
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update#66_M9_english_1.0.6_NOMMS_20131025.img benchmark

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Official ROM, update#66_M9_english_1.0.6_NOMMS_20131025.img
 
Kernel: Linux version 3.0.36+ (root@lzj-desktop) (gcc version 4.6.x-google 20120106 (prerelease) (GCC) ) #75 SMP PREEMPT Wed Oct 30 14:23:06 CST 2013
Build: rk30sdk-eng 4.2.2 JDQ39 eng.root.201301025.094422 test-keys
Version: Android 4.2.2
 
Antutu (on battery power): 19827, 19595
Antutu (on AC): 19509, 19472
 
Epic Citadel (on battery power): 43.1, 42.9
Epic Citadel (on AC): 42.8, 43.0
 

Antutu benchmark: 
19827
Epic Citadel benchmark: 
43.1

New firmware available (Oct 30, 2013)

While reading the review, you might want to download the firmware from manufacturers site. Download is very slow so i'll host it here too - download. If i run out of traffic, i'll remove the file. 
 
This time PIPO has provided universal ROM for both 3G, non 3G devices, Chinese and English language - all in one. First off, default language is Chinese and upon first boot you are greeted with 3 Chinese labeled buttons that have odd colors. You have to press first button, to get to language selector. 
 
 
Pick English (or whatever you need) and go on. Now buttons are changed and you can go on to timezone setting which is button #2. When finished, just press the last button and that should do it.
 
When i connected to internet, notification appeared that stated that there's 5Mb OTA update available (which I set up right away, of course).
 
 
Few observations:
  • It's Android 4.2.2
  • There is still no multi-user feature available
  • There is multi-window feature. I felt it's kindof clumzy, but it might be that i just don't know how to use it properly. 
  • It appears to me, that it's still based on Rockchip SDK 1 :(
  • Skype works. If it was SDK 2, i think there might be some problems.
  • AnTuTu benchmark is higher than Nexus 10 (yay, 19827), but it might be, that it's faster because i have no apps installed yet and I'm comparing it with my old installation of update #29 (naay)
  • Mobile connection option is no longer on quick-settings dropdown (which is good, because it has nothing to do with non 3g models)
 
 
Technical details
 
Official ROM, update#66_M9_english_1.0.6_NOMMS_20131025.img
 
Kernel: Linux version 3.0.36+ (root@lzj-desktop) (gcc version 4.6.x-google 20120106 (prerelease) (GCC) ) #75 SMP PREEMPT Wed Oct 30 14:23:06 CST 2013
Build: rk30sdk-eng 4.2.2 JDQ39 eng.root.201301025.094422 test-keys
Version: Android 4.2.2
 
Benchmark results
 
Antutu (on battery power): 19827, 19595
Antutu (on AC): 19509, 19472
 
Epic Citadel (on battery power): 43.1, 42.9
Epic Citadel (on AC): 42.8, 43.0
 
 
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update#29_M9_No3G_EN_ 20130814_family benchmark

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First benchmarks are in, these might be a bit inaccurate because it's not a fresh install, but rather a 2 month old with various apps installed on it. 
 
Official ROM, update#29_M9_No3G_EN_20130814_family.img
 
Kernel: Linux version 3.0.36+ (root@lzj-desktop) (gcc version 4.6.x-google 20120106 (prerelease) (GCC) ) #29 SMP PREEMPT Wed Aug 14 10:31:31 CST 2013
Build: rk30sdk-eng 4.2.2 JDQ39 eng.root.201300801.163435 test-keys
Version: Android 4.2.2
 
Antutu (on battery power): 19175 
Antutu (on AC): 19472, 18940, 19088, 19432
 
Epic Citadel (on battery power) 38.7
Epic Citadel (on AC) 39.1, 41.0, 40.3
 
 
 
Antutu benchmark: 
19472
Epic Citadel benchmark: 
41.0

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