Frequently Asked Questions

When first tablets were released, PIPO was unable to get ahold of all hardware components needed, so they used different manufacturer. Later on they released V2 which has even modified PCB (Printed Cirtuit Board or in this case - "Mother Board").

By now all tablets that come from manufacturer are, of course, V2. That is if seller doesn't have V1 somewhere stacked up (less likely as all devices were consumed with pre-orders). Get it from shop that has high selling volumes, like pandawill or geekbuying, or buyincoins (you may suggest more shops where to get it)

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When you check "about tablet" V1 release date is 20130309 and V2 is 20130319. Basically V2 is manufactured after March 19, 2013.

As of "right firmware", pipo support said V1 tablets accept V2 firmware, I quote: "Please choose the 'new PCB', it fits both 'new' and 'old' PCB."

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Same as V1 and V2 - 1.1 is basically v1.1 and v1.2, v1.3 is V2. In short v1.2 and v1.3 are compatible when it comes to firmware

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If tablet came with Chinese language by default or you've reset it to factory defaults, you might want to get English back. Follow these images for reference:

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Images from manufacturer homepage, http://www.pipo.cn

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These indeed are different devices, main differences listed below -
 
Pro version has:
  • white or black cover;
  • builtin GPS;
  • bigger screen pixel density (DPI) - 1920x1200 versus 1280x800 (non-pro version). GPU is still the same Mali-400 though.
 
Both models (Pro and non-Pro) have 3G variant which is also different and has different firmware.
 
Important note: obviously, firmwares for two devices don't match, they are quite similar, but different, hence not compatible.
 
 
This website discovers Max M9 non-Pro version mostly. Some tutorials might apply to both versions though.
 
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Here are oversimplified descriptions of what each of these do
 
Rooting
 
Rooting is like getting Administrator account for computer - you can access other user data and settings. For example, You and your brother share the same computer but you have different logins. He wants you to copy few files from his desktop and e-mail them, but you cannot do that, because you are regular user and have no permissions to access it. It's very similar on android where one application cannot access other application data - you cannot backup it's data, game scores or wifi passwords. But if you have rooted your device, you can do that. Typically you have some "su" (Super User) application (like SuperSU), that manages "su" requests from applications that want more permissions than they are usually allowed. Keep in mind that these requests might also harm your device or privacy, so you should trust applications that ask for root permissions. Well known applications with reasonable functionality are okay to be granted root permissions.
When an application asks for "root" permissions, a popup dialog will come up so you won't miss it when it happens.
 
Flashing firmware
 
A very simple way to explain this - flashing firmware is like reinstalling windows. There are many more things to it, but it's like that. You just install firmware to device and you get set of device drivers, applications, settings and maybe even different UI with it. Some firmwares come with su application and are rooted, some not, so when you flash firmware, you still might need to root it. 
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