Have you tried ‘rooting‘ or installing ‘custom ROM’ on your Xiaomi device before? If you did, chances are your phone’s user interface don’t look similar to that of others in the same brand. Moreover, you could be experiencing lags, incompatible apps, or security issues having received no software update from the manufacturer.
Most importantly, this leads to breaking your phone or tablet’s warranty.
If you want to go back to the default firmware your Xiaomi phone or tablet used to have, this article will guide you step-by-step on how to flash the factory firmware back on your device.
Disclaimer: We are not representing Xiaomi. If you have any questions, please contact Xiaomi support. We are not liable for any consequences or damage taking the following steps may result in. Please use your discretion while following them.
WARNING: BACKUP YOUR FILES PRIOR TO FOLLOWING THIS GUIDE. THIS WILL WIPE THE DEVICE!
There is a YouTube video that supplements this guide:
Files that you will need to download:
To proceed, you’re going to need to download three things, so on your computer, follow the link provided below and download them accordingly.
– MIUI Firmware – Click on your device and download the ‘Stable ROM’ because this is what you need to restore on your device. I am doing this on a Pocophone F1, but this process should work on any Xiaomi devices (trust me, I owned several devices by them, and it’s the same procedure when restoring the firmware). Make sure to download the ‘Global’ version, not the ‘China’ one. The Global version has Google Play Store, but the China version does not.
Go to your “C:” drive on My Computer/This Computer/Computer. Or Press Windows Key and R, then type in “C:\” without the quotation marks.
Create a new folder, called “Xiaomi”. Without the quotation mark.
Extract the contents of the three files you just downloaded. Once done, your Xiaomi folder should look like this
Extract the tar archive (that contains the firmware, has “global_images” somewhere in the file name) to the Xiaomi folder. It should look like this afterward.
Putting your phone to fastboot mode.
Turn off the phone.
Press Volume Down (-), and Power at the same time.
Let go when you see the fastboot logo.
Connect the phone to the computer.
Install the drivers
Go to the Device Manager.
If you are on Windows 10, simply right click on the Windows logo (lower left corner). Then select “Device Manager”.
On other versions of Windows. Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Then type “devmgmt.msc” without the quotation marks.
Ensure that the “Android Bootloader Interface” is installed, under “Android Devices”, “LeMobile Android Device” or anything that says “Android”. It varies.
If not installed and you see “Android” under “Other Devices”. Double-click on “Android”.
Click on “Update Driver”.
Click on “Browse my computer for driver software.”
Click on “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”
Click on “Show All Devices”
Click on “Have Disk…”.
Navigate to the “usb_driver” folder on your “Xiaomi” folder. Then select “android_winusb”or “android_winusb.inf”. Click “Open”, then click “OK”.
Select “Android Bootloader Interface”, then click “Next”.
When Prompted, click “Yes”.
Once done, click “Close” twice, and exit out of Device Manager.
Flashing the firmware to the device
Navigate to the “MiFlashXXXXXXXX” (XXXXXXXX means the version of MiFlash) folder, and then double-click the “XiaomiFlash” or “XiaomiFlash.exe” file to start MiFlash.
On MiFlash, click on “Select”.
Navigate to the folder where you extracted the firmware earlier. (The directory where the “images” folder is located.
On the lower right of the window, select “clean all” to keep the bootloader unlocked (if you ever want to flash a custom ROM again in the future, without having to wait 72-360 hours again). Although leaving it unlocked will prevent some apps (like Pokemon Go and some banking apps from running). If you want to lock the bootloader after flashing, leave it at “clean all and lock”.
Click “refresh” and see if a device appears on the list. If your screen looks like this, then you are ready to proceed to the next step!
If not, then try disconnecting/reconnecting the device, moving it a another USB port, and restarting your computer. As a last resort, try reinstalling the driver. If you have it connected to a USB hub. Try connecting directly to your computer’s USB ports (as USB hubs could be causing the problem.)
Click “Flash” to commerce flashing.
Once flashing is done. Device will reboot. From there, set the phone up normally. Like you would like as if you took it out of its box.
And there you have it! Congratulations, your Xiaomi device is now back to its stock firmware! Now you’ll be able to enjoy all the manufacturer updates necessary to keep your device secure and running on optimal conditions. Want to share your thoughts? Drop them on the comments section below!
Alcatel 3T 8 is TCL’s newest budget tablet, it’s 8.24 inches tall and can be bought outright for $150 through T-Mobile. It has built-in features that make it great for the whole family’s entertainment, especially the kids.
It has CloserTV app, Eye Care Mode (blue light reduction/eye protection), and built-in parental control called Kids Mode. The Kids Mode feature has a parental control panel that allows you to limit the usage time and choose only the apps your children can use.
The Eye Care Mode is exclusive to Alcatel and it’s especially helpful in relieving visual fatigue coming from the blue light due to long hours of screen time. It offers optimized brightness and tonality both in daylight and at night.
The best thing about this tablet is that it supports T-Mobile 600mHz network, which means it can get better reception even when you’re indoors or in an enclosed area. Now you can enjoy fast 4G LTE speeds that reach even when you’re inside your home!
Alcatel 3T 8 comes with the latest Android operating system, Android 8.1.0 Oreo. It has a vibrant 8-inches display, super-fast 4G LTE capability and 5 MP front and rear cameras.
It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, expandable up to 128GB microSD card and runs on a 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor. With just 2GB of RAM, you cannot expect this tablet to multi-task and run several apps at the same time in the background without experiencing lags. Due to the limited RAM, use of heavy gaming apps and social media apps may not be as seamless as compared to that of using your mid-range smartphones.
Quick tip: the best way to optimize the speed of your tablet or smartphone is to close all the apps running on the background. With the android Oreo operating system, you can do this by simply tapping on the burger (three horizontal lines) icon located at either the bottom right or left portion of the display screen.
By tapping on the burger button, you will see all the apps that are running on the background and you can close all the remaining apps you do not wish to use. Doing this will optimize your device’s speed again and will help you avoid unnecessary lag.
Moreover, the Alcatel 3T 8 comes with a gargantuan 4080mAh battery with a standby time of up to 400 hours in the 4G network. Despite its huge battery size, it won’t last you a day of video streaming because the average usage time for LTE video streaming is only 6.7 hours. If you’re video streaming via Wi-Fi, it will last you a little longer, which is approximately 8.35 hours.
Alcatel 3T Build and Design
This family-friendly tablet is offered only in one color, which is metallic black. It has a considerably ergonomic 10.37oz of weight and comes with an Asahi glass. It is comfortably slim just like your regular smartphone, but it doesn’t have the most stylish look.
It doesn’t look remarkably amazing on a first look, but with bezels on all 4 sides of the display, you’ll have ample room to hold it comfortably without accidentally touching the screen.
Alcatel 3T 8 vs Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8” vs Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0
In the table below, we compared the tech specs of Alcatel 3T 8” to two of the Android tablets within its price range. Though the Alcatel tablet doesn’t particularly stand out or have a “wow” factor, it’s clear that its manufacturer chose to make up with the lack of luster by being in the middle; offering features that some brands don’t and by serving a specific target market: parents with kids.
Lenovo’s tablet clearly has the “wow” factor because of its cool features: rotatable camera, versatile design, Dolby Atmos speakers, and a really huge battery size which is a power bank at the same time.
Samsung’s tablet, on the other hand, doesn’t come out with a spectacular design like that of Lenovo Yoga, but it makes up for having a better camera and video recording quality.
Alcatel 3T 8”
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8”
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017)
1.5 GHz quad-core processor
Quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53
Android 8.1 Oreo
Android 7.1 (Nougat)
8MP Rotatable camera auto-focus
Up to 128GB, microSD
Up to 128GB, SD Card
Up to 256GB, microSD
Alcatel 3T 8” definitely has competitive key features, and for the price, it’s definitely worth it. For a simple source of entertainment for your children, it really is wonderful to have on the go to keep your children entertained safely while they’re on the internet.
Alcatel 1X Evolve was recently launched and it is offered through Metro by T-Mobile (MetroPCS was recently rebranded).
It is the second edition of Alcatel 1X which was released a few months ago and sold unlocked through retail stores and Amazon. Unlike the Alcatel 1X, the Alcatel 1X Evolve won’t be using the Android Go Edition operating system.
The Android Go is an optimized operating system created for budget phones with less than 1GB of RAM.
Phones with 1GB (or less) RAM would normally lag with heavy usage from social media or gaming apps. But with an Android Go operating system, the phone can use lite versions of apps that were customized for the Android Go OS, like Facebook Lite, Gmail Go, Google Maps Go, etc.
Nonetheless, the Alcatel 1X Evolve’s speed and performance is not at all bad. It’s still sporting 2GB of RAM which we think is fair enough for a phone with a sub $100 price tag.
At a glance, Alcatel 1X Evolve is a basic phone that offers basic features and use. It has a premium-looking suede finish, but it’s only offered in color Blue with its current carrier.
This budget phone only retails at $109 when you buy it outright from Metro, and for the price, it’s well worth it.
It has the typical 2016 look; fingerprint sensors at the back below the rear camera, a premium suede finish, and a boxy but not too bulky frame. It is arguably light and not too heavy to hold comfortably with one hand.
It has bezels on all 4 sides of the screen, but it has a 5.3 inches full view display in an 18:9 aspect ratio. It has a blue suede finish on a durable 2D Dragontrail™ Glass.
Alcatel assures their users that the phone can withstand scrapes and scratches because of it’s durable Dragontrail glass cover.
The fingerprint sensor which is conveniently located at the back also serves other purposes apart from unlocking the phone. You can assign other fingerprints to quickly launch your most used or important apps.
The phone has a sizable battery which is 2460mAh and can have 14 hours of talk time (based on a 3G network).
This budget beauty is fast, considering its price tag. As mentioned, it is running on Android Oreo on a Quad-core processor with up-to 1.1GHz in speed.
The camera is the usual so-so cameras you get from budget phones. The rear camera is 8MP and the front camera is 5MP.
And yes, it comes with camera features but they are not as great as your $300 mid-range phones.
Alcatel 1X Evolve vs Other Budget Phones
Alcatel 1X Evolve is the third Go Alcatel variant to be released within this year; the other two variants were Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 1, the latter was released in Russia.
But among the three, the 1X Evolve has the best and most sophisticated features.
On the other hand, compared to its other budget phone competition, the 1X Evolve does not particularly possess a feature that makes it stand out; if there is, it would be its glass back and body frame which is way better than the plasticky finish Motorola E5 play and ZTE Avid 4 has.
The Alcatel 1X Evolve definitely changed the way we’ll look at budget phones again. We thought the Alcatel 7 is the best budget Alcatel yet, but it turns out we can get almost the same features with Alcatel 1X Evolve for almost half the price. With budget phones like this, midrange and flagship phone manufacturers are going to have a good run for their money.
AI is now the main technology ingredient behind Apple’s iPhone range
In September this year, when Apple unveiled the latest iPhones, Tim Cook introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a game-changing roadmap component behind almost every aspect of the device. Apple manufacture 15.6% of the world’s phones, but capture more than half of the industry’s revenue. Their strategic focus on AI is a worthwhile reminder of the importance of the opportunity that AI represents.
It’s not just Apple, however, who stand to benefit from this new, ubiquitous technology. With AI continuing to be the technology offering the most potential of our time, and mobile now a key part of every digital customer interface, there is no industry which can expect to be free from the need to find a way to garner AI’s benefits.
AI as a concept has been around since the idea was first generated by John McCarthy in the late 1950s. Today, well beyond claims of ‘hype’ it is fundamentally redefining every industry, starting with mobile. Source: Medium
It’s no exaggeration to suggest that AI in Smartphones will redefine the field of mobile technology.
According to Gartner, 80% of Smartphones will have AI capabilities by 2022. AI is paving new ways to meet both specified an unspecified customer expectation and turbo charge the use of mobile technology in research.
AI’s success is derived, most fundamentally, from 3 things.
First, it can be applied, in various forms to any industry, something we haven’t seen in many years– since air conditioning, indoor plumbing, the jet engine and other innovations of the 20th Century were rolled out.
Second, it thrives on computing power and big data sets, two things which we now have in quantities never before seen.
Finally, AI automates the most important aspect of the cutting edge of computing interfaces, personalization. Here are some examples of how those important AI principals are being applied to mobile.
AI and the IoT (Internet Of Things) – A match made in heaven
The internet of things (IoT) is the name given to the concept of cheap sensors and computing capabilities being embedded in to everyday aspects of our lives – everything from smartwatches, to smart buildings, rubbish bins and even children’s backpacks. Information from those now connected products is delivered through mobile phone (cellular) networks connected to the internet with increasingly cheap data plans.
In some senses, the Internet of Things is just at its beginning. Forbes suggest that 45% of business are aiming to implement IoT sensors in the machinery in their organizations. This is the first tranche of the rollout – since these sort of industrial implementations offer the fastest payback for an IoT investment.
We take it for granted that our desktops and selves are connected to the internet with laptops and smartphones respectively. Over the next decade, every other physical asset worth more than $50 will also be added to the mix. Just like our computers and phones, these artifacts will start to generate huge quantities of information about their status and environments.
Early implementation of IoT will affect industry, where paybacks are fastest. However, B2C – Business to Consumer applications will also occur in the next decade. Source: Statista
In this IoT world, AI assists in picking the signal from the noise of data which are generated by newly connected devices. Combined, of AI and the IoT helps means that the information obtained from such a broad array of sensors, can be filtered and put to good use.
The results will improve efficiency where, currently, we don’t have information to realize how we could optimize.
As usual, Google are ahead of the curve, and have applied AI algorithms to their data centers, optimizing them with invisible AI algorithms to cut the power used by an incredible 40%.
AI and Digital Conversation – An altogether different experience
We take for granted that our current interface with mobile technology is the common touchscreen, introduced most famously, again, in the original iPhone back in 2007. This may not be the case for much longer, however, and AI is, again, the tool which is bringing these new interaction methodologies to the fore.
Now, people are getting used to ‘talking’ (or having real time Instant Messaging ‘chats’) with chatbots which answer their queries in much the same way a human would.
Most people have interfaced with one type of ‘bot’ even now. If you’ve talked to Siri or said ‘OK Google’ to perform a search with your voice – you’ve been dealing with a ‘personal assistant’ – a specific type of Chatbot.
Now, the same technology is being rolled out by banks, phone companies and even government departments to manage the huge volume of calls and chat requests they receive from people every day.
The beauty of chatbot is the ability to communicate with a large number of people at the same time – importantly – at a zero marginal cost. Over time, these bots are much, much cheaper than employing people to do the same thing.
Chatbots have started to become a crucial aspect of customer relationship management, learning from mistakes, providing more accurate answers to the most common questions and getting better at the root of the problem from a computing / AI perspective – establishing a user’s intent from what they say ( ‘utterances’ in techno-speak.)
Does using chatbots work? More than 95% smartphone users feel that customer service has seen improvement since the inception of AI fueled chatbots.
AI and mobile technology – A lethal weapon for research
AI-powered tech may well be the key component driving the future of every form of mobile research.
80% of research is spent compiling and analyzing the information required. A great deal of the most useful research undertaken starts with a deep understanding of human needs and behaviors. The data available from mobile devices, aligned with AI to sort the wheat from the chaff, has now made that information easier to collate.
Consider the amount of information a smartphones gathers. Simply studying people’s movements using the GPS feature on a phone can be useful for research purpose. Other device sensors (most phones contain accelerometers, GPS, microphones, RF antennae and so on) can be used to gather information on people and cross reference that with other variables, either established through the phone data or derived from another source, to reach a research objective.
One specific, work undertaken at Dartmouth University, used data collected from students’ smartphones, to determine their levels of depression, stress and loneliness. Their movements, audio signals and position information were correlated with survey questions asked directly of the students using one of those targeted apps. The results could be used to predict psychological wellbeing on other students phones (those who had not answered the questionnaire.)
Further, the strict mathematical models behind AI can also be used to practically remove human bias from the research process, something hard for humans to do but which can materially and negatively impact the value of any research undertaken.
AI and smartphone security – Two sides of the same coin
Finally, AI is catering to the biggest concern of the mobile economy – security.
Security is a difficult subject to contend with for those developing any consumer product, especially when it’s used to address the needs of mobile users.
The nature of security solutions is that they offer an uncomfortable trade off – between the safety of and the convenience of access to information. It’s an important balance to get right, given the quantity of personal information that the average smartphone now contains.
AI ‘fuzzy’ pattern matching is allowing developers can predict vulnerability levels and app security. The technology will keep a eye on ‘suspicious’ (note how vague that term is) activities, identifying them from the coalescence of similar patterns in the past – and raise an alert when ‘unusual’ behavior (of the sort which might indicate a ‘hacker’ is working) is encountered.
AI has the potential to find the loopholes and reduce the risk of intruders attacking the smartphone of the customer through their apps.
Bringing it all together
Most fundamentally, AI helps computers behave in a more human manner, delivering more personalized experiences in an automated way. When your phone recommends a song playlist you love, containing tunes you’ve never heard before, when your mobile interface to Netflix guesses a show you’ll enjoy or when Amazon show you products that you might like to consider – AI is behind those suggestions and transforming the experience you have with your mobile technology.
Artificial intelligence is slowly revamping the entire economy, including its mobile component with its immense power to connect the facilities we’ve listed above. The IoT means more data is collected, often in real time for analysis. AI makes collecting and analyzing it more secure. It offers better ways of interfacing with technology than our current screen technology, in the form of chatbots and voice agents ‘why’ act on our behalf.
Are you getting a weak signal from your Smart Bro Prepaid Home WiFi? There’s a way to fix it!
Boost the signal by adding antenna correctors and outdoor antennas!
This will also work on the PLDT Prepaid Home WiFi. It is essentially the same modem, just a different brand. Be warned: doing this notification will surely VOID your warranty. It is up to you whether to proceed or not.
Disclaimer: We are not responsible if things go wrong.
Also, your mileage may vary. In my case, this modification boosted my signal indoors. But it may or may not be the same for you, it depends on your area. There are a number of factors that may affect wifi signal strength; (1) thick walls, (2) microwave oven, and (3) actual distance from the router/modem.
There is also a video version of this guide. Watch below:
Things you need to buy/required for this modification:
Antenna SMAWiFi Pigtail Cable IPX to SMA (₱99.00 on Lazada)
1/4 and 3/16 drill bit. (I used multi-purpose)
Marker (any color will do, as long as you can easily see it).
Thin plastic (like a guitar pick or gift card).
Use the ruler and marker to write lines on the back of the modem as shown in the picture.
Take the box cutter and slowly insert it into the left side modem, when doing so, make sure it face down at a 45-degree angle. Insert the cutter in the middle to avoid damage to the internal antennas, just in case you want to use it again the future.
Once the cutter is inserted. Grab a thin plastic (guitar pick, gift card, etc), and insert it next to the cutter.
Once both the cutter and thin plastic are both inserted, slide the thin plastic throughout the perimeter of the modem. If you’re having trouble sliding the plastic through, yank out the cover a little bit to ease the plastic through.
Once the cover is off, disconnect the two antennas (circled in red) gently.
Drill two holes (circled in blue). Start out with the 3/16 bit on each, then finish them off with the 1/4 bit also on both.
Loosen the nut on the SMA to u.FL connector and install each one onto the holes.
Insert each SMA connectors on each hole. Don’t forget to install the nuts afterward.
Connect u.FL connectors onto the motherboard (where you disconnected the internal antennas from back in step 5). It doesn’t matter which one is which you connect them to.
Put the cover back, and snap it in place.
Connect the antennas.
Turn on the modem and see the improved reception. Your mileage may vary, depending on your area.
If you want to use this without the outdoor antenna, you could purchase an external SMA antenna (as shown in the picture below) and hook it up to the modem, or open the modem again, and connect back the internal antennas.
There you go! Your very own DIY external antennas for a better wifi signal strength!
If you don’t want to go through the hardware DIY, you can ask your internet service provider if your Wifi Modem has the capability of connecting to a “range extender.” Range extenders look like small wifi boxes with external antennas and you can install as many as you can to areas where you have poor wifi strength or none at all.
Range extenders, as the term defines, ‘ extend’ your wifi’s range. You can easily purchase one from any store near you, but for the convenience they offer, they might come a little bit pricey.
The Sony Xperia XZ3 is the last flagship phone in the XZ series released this year.
Unlike its predecessors, this flagship phone comes with an impressively bigger 6in screen display. What makes this phone a beast is that it’s the first ever Sony Xperia phone to have an HDR OLED display, making images as crisp as watching them in a Sony Bravia TV.
The phone looks like your typical 2018 Samsung; its screen had the iconic curves at the edge. Unlike most Android phones this year, this one thankfully doesn’t have a notch.
A notch would have ruined its beautiful display.
Going by the book, the Sony Xperia XZ3 came out with the latest Android operating system, customized into the Sony graphic user interface. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with 64 GB internal memory supported by 4 GB RAM.
It has a 19MP rear camera with a motion eye technology that can also record in 4K HDR. At the front, there is a 13.2MP camera, which we think is a total letdown, since it can do so much better for selfies.
Sony Xperia XZ3’s Build and Design vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9
In its borderless slim appearance, Xperia XZ3 came in with four different color variations you can choose from; Black, White Silver, Forest Green, and Bordeaux Red.
Both theSamsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Sony Xperia XZ3 have aluminum frames and curved glass panels in the front and back. Both are also IP68 water and dust resistant. As mentioned earlier, the Xperia XZ3 has a cunning resemblance to Samsung Galaxy phones.
The XZ3 stands 6.2 inches with bezels at the top and bottom leaving 6 inches for the screen display, but Note 9 is still a bit taller. But the XZ3’s size is more ergonomic to hold than that of Note 9, which are too large to hold.
And since the XZ3’s screen is HDR OLED, it’s arguably better than Note 9, which has Super AMOLED. It has a slightly bigger pixel density, which means it has high contrast ratios and deep blacks.
However, Note 9 has a bigger display and slightly smaller bezels than that of the XZ3.
HDR video support, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
6.22 x 2.87 x 0.39 inches (158 x 73 x 9.9 mm)
6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches (157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm)
6.23 x 3.04 x 0.33 inches (158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm)
Black, White Silver, Forest Green,
Gold, Silver, Space Grey
Black, Gold, Green, Blue
6.81 oz. (193 g)
7.34 oz. (208g)
6.63 oz. (188g)
Accent: Stainless Steel
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Apple A12 Bionic APL1W81
HiSilicon Kirin 980
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Hexa-core, 2490 MHz, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 2600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A76 and ARM Cortex-A55 , 64-bit, 7 nm
Up to 512 GB
Up to 256 GB
Sony Xperia XZ3 Camera
Motion eye system is still in-use and the predictive capture in this phone that gives you the opportunity to capture 4 photos before clicking the capture button has been showcased to its predecessors already.
Just like the Note 9, the XZ3 has slow-motion recording, but the latter has higher resolution. The XZ3 can record in 1080p at 960fps while the Note 9 can record 720p at 960fps. However, recording on Note 9 is way easier because it has motion detection.
The Sony XZ3 also has a bigger front camera 13MP with f/1.9 on portrait mode, while the Note 9 has 8MP with f/1.7 selfie focus.
Sony Xperia XZ3 Performance
The processor of this smartphone is the Snapdragon 845. Having a faster processor means conserving energy since it cannot take so much time in optimizing a command.
The XZ3 has 4GB of RAM, while the Note 9 has 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. We think this is what a $100 price difference is worth.
Nonetheless, the XZ3 is compatible with wireless charging and comes out of the box with Android Pie, the latest Android operating system.
The biometrics of this phone is still in fingerprints. We are still waiting if Sony has a plan to follow Apple through their Face ID, Samsung’s Iris Scanner or they’ll be able to develop a much safer and convenient way to secure phones in the near future.
Sony Xperia XZ3’s display is definitely way ahead than that of Samsung Galaxy’s Note 9. It’s arguably better than Note 9 in so many aspects, and we think that with the Xperia XZ3, this is Sony’s golden year for smartphones.
After the release of Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, Sony released another phone for the mid-range market, the Xperia XA2 Plus.
Just like many of Sony’s flagship phones, the Xperia XA2 Plus is designed for entertainment. It has a huge screen, a conventional design, and a huge battery capacity. It is built with a 6 inches aluminum and glass body, and had two different sets of memory capacity and RAM; 32GB with 4GB RAM and 64GH with 6GB RAM. You can get in 4 different colors; silver, black, gold, and green.
What makes this phone stand out in the upper midrange arena is its 23MP rear camera. If you’re greatly inclined to photography and filmmaking, you definitely need to check this phone out.
This high- level tiered phone is crafted with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with metallic finishing. The edges are done with diamond cuts bringing an elegant curve that is ergonomic to your hands.
Its total height is 6.2 inches, but only 6 inches of it was spent to the 1080 x 2160 resolution full HD display screen. It’s not bezel-less and it a small chin at the top and at the bottom of the screen.
Thus, although the bezel is thinner than Xperia AX2 and Xperia Ultra, it can never be compared with other Android phones that already achieved the bezel-less look e.i. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone Xr.
Located at the top of this phone is the audio port for 3.5 mm headphones that enhance by DSEE and High- Resolution Audio technology. In addition, the LDAC that heightened the wireless music streaming is available on this phone too.
Sim and micro-SD slots are located at the upper left side of the phone. Located at the other side are the camera key, power button, and the volume adjuster.
The battery capacity of this phone is in 3580 mAh, however, the processor of this phone is still in Qualcomm Snapdragon 630. The performance is expected to be slower than Xperia XZ2 and shorter battery life.
Nonetheless, it’s one of the few mid-range phones that have a huge battery and the operating system is justified by its price.
It doesn’t have dual rear cameras but having a 23MP single rear camera compensates what it lacks. You won’t see this from mid-range phones coming from other manufacturers.
Even the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 only has a 12MP rear camera at the back, and it’s a flagship at that.
Having an 8MP front camera is not that bad, too. You still have a bokeh effect and other common camera features other phones of the same price range have.
The security feature of this phone is fingerprint scanning. It is located at the back along with the camera.
The touch system of the pre-installed keyboard to this phone is very smooth and there’s no delay. Other phones may pause if you’re typing too fast; there are none in this phone.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is the “plus” version of the Sony XZ2 that was released on the first quarter of this year. This “premium” flagship phone obviously has upgraded features compared to the XZ2, starting off with a bigger screen size display and a bigger RAM capacity.
It ticks off pretty much all the basic features that we expect, and of course, the electronics giant kept all the good stuff they had with the XZ2. Inside and out, the Xperia XZ2 Premium is an A+ flagship that deserves a second look.
It is obvious that Sony’s targets are people who are enslaved by entertainment. With its 5.8-inch screen display, you will enjoy watching YouTube videos and Netflix, playing games, and taking photos. It’s 4K HDR display is 100% spot-on even when you’re recording movies.
If you like it loud, this one’s going to make it to the top. This phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but Sony made up for the lack by giving you LDAC, DSEE HX, and 2 loud front-facing stereo speakers that are truly loud.
According to Sony, these are the loudest Xperia speakers ever. The audio experience makes the viewing experience more surreal.
And if that’s not enough, this flagship phone also has a Dynamic Vibration System, that “analyses audio data and lets you feel the action with your hand.” If that’s not immersive, we don’t know what is.
Closer Look: Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Specs and Features
The screen of XZ2 premium is still IPS LED, which is definitely energy saving compared to Samsung’s OLED Screens.
It’s also Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which means it’s built tough- a standard for most flagships. XZ2 Premium is available in two color variants, chrome black, and chrome silver. It stands 6.2 inches, a wee bit taller than the XZ2, and has a 5.8 inches of screen display.
It is not bezel-less like most 2018 phones are, but again, the amazing video and image quality on this phone makes up for that minor lack.
RAM and Memory. The most notable upgrade in the specs that we’ve seen is its huge 6GB RAM, which makes this phone more power efficient. Moreover, it comes with a 64GB internal memory, that is expandable with an external card up to 400GB.
Camera Experience. The camera features of this phone are definitely way better than its predecessor. It has a 13MP front camera and a 19MP and 12MP dual rear camera. The selfie and dual rear cameras have low light sensors and can capture crisp photos in any light.
The rear cameras have an AUBE fusion sensor at the back that fuses both the data from the 19MP RGB color and 12MP monochrome (black and white) camera. This helps you capture better video than what your eye sees real time in ultra-low light settings.
This phone is absolutely a god-sent device for someone who is addicted to photography and video recording.
Battery life and efficiency. The battery capacity of this phone has an 11% increase to that of the XZ2. And for sure, you can play all day or watch movies loud without having to worry about recharging or losing power in between. Its enormous 3540mAh battery guarantees that.
And its powerful and fast Octa-code Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm processor increases your phone’s power efficiency, making it last long even when you’re multitasking or using different apps at the same time.
Build Quality and Security. In addition to having a strong screen, this phone is also IP68 water and dust-resistant. You can take this phone with you wherever your adventure might be.
As for biometrics, this phone is still using fingerprint security and not the facial ID.
Despite being heavyweight and not-so ergonomic in size, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium truly embodies what a premium flagship phone is like.
Xperia XZ2 Premium vs. Xperia XZ2 vs Xperia XA2 Plus
We’ve compared the specs and features of the latest Xperia phones out in the market. If you’re a Sony fan, we hope this will help you decide which one’s are worth the compromise.
The upgrades available in Xperia XZ2 Premium is noticeable. Consider yourself lucky if you haven’t purchased any of the Xperia phones out yet. Camera-wise, the XZ2 sucked while the XZ2 Premium excelled.
If you have $1000 to burn for a flagship phone of this caliber, you’ll definitely not regret getting the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.
This guide will help you unlock your Evoluzn FX-PR3L; which will allow you to use any SIM cards, provided that both the device and network (carrier) use the same frequencies. Note that this does not require disassembling the device. This guide will work up and beyond firmware V13.
For those who want a video version of this guide, please watch below.
Download Software to Unlock the Smart LTE Pocket WiFi (Evoluzn FX-PR3L)
Write down or take a photo of the IMEI and the MAC address of your device, you will need this later. To see the IMEI and the MAC address, remove the back cover of the device and lightly remove the battery. You will see them in the battery’s housing, like the one pictured below:
Download and extract the files you will need in order to do this tutorial. This contains six folders, Starting from “Step 1” all the way through “Step 6″.
Installing the WTPTP Driver.
Step 1 is a basic installation of the WTPTP Driver in your computer.
On your computer, navigate to the “Step 1” folder.
Launch ‘DrvInstaller” if you are on a computer with 32-Bit/x86 Windows, or “DrvInstaller_x64”, if you are on a 64-Bit/x64 Windows. (If you don’t know. Press Windows + R and type in “msinfo32”
If prompted with “Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your device?”. Click “Yes”.
Click on “Install Update”
Once done, you should see this dialog box saying that the driver installation is a success. If you see any error, click on “remove” and then click on “install update” again. If that doesn’t solve it, try to reboot your computer and re-do the whole process.
Close by pressing “Quit”.
Flashing the FX-PR2L firmware.
Step 2 involves flashing a different firmware on the device. This is necessary for us to successfully unlock it. Don’t worry, we are going to flash the original firmware back once the unlock process is complete.
Remove and disconnect everything on your Evoluzn FX-PR3L device. If it’s connected via USB, disconnect. Remove both SIM and battery.
Go to the “Step 2” folder, and run the “SWDownloader” program.
Click on “File”, then “Open”.
Navigate to the “SWD” folder, (if you don’t see it, it’s located on the “Step 2” folder).
Then select “Nezha_MiFi5_LWG_Only_Nontrusted.blf” file.
Click on the green lightbulb icon.
Connect the FX-PR3L Pocket WiFi via micro USB cable and plug it into the computer’s USB port.
As fast as you can, insert the battery, then hold the power button. Until you see “welcome to Smart”, then the arrow button.
You should see flashing green progress bar on the bottom of SWDownloader.
Once done, there should be a dialog box, saying so. Press “OK”.
Quit out of “SWDownloader”, by clicking X on the top right.
Disconnect the micro USB cable, and remove the battery.
Reinstall the battery, turn it on, and plug the cable back in. On the device, it only shows a white screen. But that’s ok.
When you see a dialog box that says the disk can’t be read, just click “Close”.
Installing the Marvell Drivers
Open “Device Manager” (Press CTRL+R) then type “compmgmt.msc”. then click on “Device Manager” on the left pane.
Double click on “Mobile AT Interface” (under “Other devices”), and click on “Update Driver”.
Click on “Browse my computer for driver software.”
Click on “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”
Double click on “Show All Devices”.
Click on “Have Disk…”
Click on “Browse”.
Navigate to the “Step 3” folder, and double-click on “MSUBSer”
Click on “Marvell AT Interface”, then click on “Next”.
It should tell you that you the driver has been successfully installed. Click “OK”.
Do the same steps above for the “Mobile Diag Interface”. But choose “Marvell DIAG USB Device Version: 126.96.36.199 [10/11/2012]”.
Close out of Device manager.
Rewriting the IMEI, MAC, and Serial to the FX-PR3L Pocket WiFi.
Navigate to “Step 4” folder. Then run ‘MIFITOOL188.8.131.52.”
Click the first bottom “????”. This should locate where your Pocket WiFi is. For me, it’s located on COM3, but yours may vary.
Click on the first “?IMEI” button.
Type your IMEI number from that picture you took or wrote down earlier.
Press the second “?IMEI” button, twice (just to be sure).
Press the first “?IMEI” button again, to ensure the IMEI you entered has been written.
Click the first “?MAC” button.
Type in the MAC address from the picture you took or wrote down earlier.
Click on the second “?MAC” button, twice (just to be sure).
Click on the first “?MAC” button, to ensure the IMEI you entered has been written.
Type in the serial number you wrote down or took pictures of earlier.
Click on the second “?SN” button, twice (just to be sure).
Don’t bother clicking the first “?SN” button, as it will freeze up the program.
Close out of the MiFi Tool by clicking X on the top right, or by clicking the very last button “??”.
Flashing the FX-PR3L V9.0 firmware.
Disconnect the micro USB cable.
Connect to the Pocket WiFi via WiFi.
Open the browser, and go to 192.168.1.1.
Type in “smartbro” for both user and password.
Click on “Software Information”.
Navigate to “Step 5” folder, and select “NZ_MF_FX-PR3_AT2.22_SB_V09.bin” file.
It will now flash the FX-PR3L V9.0 firmware, and Pocket WiFi will reboot once done.
Entering the unlock code
Remove cover, remove the battery, insert a SIM (any SIM but none from Smart, Sun, and TNT).\
Insert SIM and battery. Put cover. Turn the Pocket WiFi on.
It should say “PH-NET PIN”.
Connect to Pocket WiFi via WiFi. The password is “smartbro”.
Click on “UnLock” once. UnLock should now turn into “Lock”.
The Pocket WiFi should now reboot.
Congratulations! Your PocketWiFI is now unlocked!
You can now change and customize its network name (SSID) and password. If you want to update the firmware, download the “Smart Bro Pocket WiFi” app. It should automatically download the latest firmware when signed into the app. Updating the software doesn’t change the unlocked status of your device. We uploaded the latest firmware, firmware V14, and the unlock still persists.
Any questions? Feel free to fire away on the comments section below!
Xperia XZ2 released a refreshing pocket-friendly and palm-fit design with gentle curves at the back, trashing the brick-like structure of the older models of Sony.
The outer hard parts of this flagship phone are toughened by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the strongest glass available today. It’s accentuated with an Aluminum metal that contributed to earning its rating—IP68 dust- and water- resistance.
It’s 6 inches tall, with 5.7 inches of screen display.
The only caveat is that it is not coated with the anti-fingerprint coating. It should be cleaned regularly to keep its shiny look. It is still with IPS LED which is energy saving.
This is finished with four different color coatings—liquid black, liquid silver, deep green, and ash pink.
This phone has two variations, one has a single Nano sim and 4GB of RAM (H8216), and the other model has a Dual Nano sim with 6GB RAM (H8296).
In addition, the external memory is expandable up to 400GB. It is best for storing numerous videos, movies, music videos, and other entertainment kinds of stuff.
The battery capacity of this phone is a whopping 3180mAh. The energy consumption is lesser due to its faster Snapdragon 845 processor, the latest in Qualcomm technology.
Its powerful processor makes your battery last longer than your normal usage.
And if convenience is a major concern, Sony Xperia XZ2 has wireless charging capability. Its battery is refilled using a dock, and the hassle of using coiling wires is now gone.
In this phone, Sony sticks to fingerprint biometrics, which is not a bad move, since Face ID security is still shrouded with a lot of security and usability issues.
This flagship phone carries a 19 MP rear camera with their latest technology called Motion Eye, bringing photos and video experience into HDR. It is also draped with new photo features that will really boost your creativity.
Our favorite is their 3D capturing. You can now scan a 3D photo in 360˚ and share it.
On the other side of the leaf, its 5MP front camera is such a letdown, too low for the likings of selfie addicts.
Headphone jacks are out for this model. This is replaced by Sony’s LDAC technology, a wireless/Bluetooth headphone. But if you’re insistent in using headphones, a USB Type- C to 3.5mm Audio Jack adapter is included in the packaging.
Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Huawei Mate 20 vs. iPhone XR
This is the specs of Sony Xperia XZ2 versus the other flagship phones of two known brands circulating the market.
These three flagship phones offer HDR features in their camera. However, if you are into taking selfies, this might not be the best phone for you.
The output of its front camera is bad and looks cheap. Really bad, like taking a picture with a lot of mosquitos in it. Definitely not for your Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter stories. A big thumbs down.
On the other hand, if you’re engrossed in watching TV, movies, videos, and other forms of visual displays, Sony Xperia XZ2 is the better choice.
Still, choosing a phone will depend on your personal preference as a buyer.