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Teclast X98 Air II 9.7" Android Tablet w/ 2048x1536 Resolution Display, Intel 2.16GHz Quad-Core, 32GB Storage & Wi-Fi - $189.99 (Support Windows 8.1)

cjsutherland 534 131 October 30, 2014 at 06:09 AM in Tablets (6) More Geekbuying Deals
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Tackle any task on the go with this powerful Teclast Android tablet. Its brilliant 2048x1536, 9.7" display gives you maximum screen real estate for browsing, working and enjoying your favorite entertainment.


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•Just $189.99 with free shipping and handling
•100% Original Teclast x98 Air II Tablet
•9.7" 10 Point 2048x1536 Resolution
•Intel 3736F Quad Core 2.16GHz
•Android 4.4.2 OS
•2GB RAM
•32GB Flash storage
•Front-facing 2MP Camera, 5MP Dual Camera
•Wi-Fi/OTG/Micro HDMI/Wi-Di/Bluetooth 4.0
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Last Edited by jaycrewz April 4, 2015 at 10:51 AM
I invite you guys to look through XDA member Hendrickson's youtube channel. He reviews a lot of chinese tech, including several tablets. The Teclast gets a thumbs up from him and other reviewers on Youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/U...62BHTMYN0Q

Also, theres a HUGE XDA thread with over 7000 replies. Youll find tons of information and support for flashing, installing and modding Android and Windows on the X98. Teclast has caught on a good bit outside of China.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/a...6-t2913035




Windows 8.1 Installation Instructions

Please feel free to edit this content as needed.

Keep in mind, this will completely remove your ability to run Android. There are other guides for how you can get Android back if you don't want Windows 8. Wendal has also created a good Windows install write-up which you can access here.

Download ADB Fastboot and install. You can get it here

Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and install. You can get it here

Download the x98 and 3G drivers from Wendal's post here.

Grab the following files from cjsutherland's post
- fpt-tools-package.rar
- X98_Air_II x3 rar's (I didn't use these. Explained later.)
- WinPE_User_20140814.rar (I didn't use these. Explained later.)

Get a powered USB port ready, your included USB OTG cable, a 4gb minimum USB drive you don't mind formatting, and a USB mouse and keyboard.

I actually downloaded a Windows 8.1 ISO to use instead of the Windows PE edition. I felt this was a bit safer. I have an MSDN account, not everyone does. It's important that if you go this route (or copy the files from a bootable DVD, too!) that you use the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1. I had no luck whatsoever with x64.

From here, you can SOMEWHAT follow the directions from this page, but I'll try to make it easier.

Connect the tablet to your PC where you installed ADB.
Open a command prompt on your PC and, for ease of use, get your FPT-tools-package files in the same location as ADB.
Run ADB push ftp-tools-package /data/local/tmp - if this doesn't work, you can use adb shell cat (google it) to copy individual files to that location.
Run ADB shell
Type CD /data/local/tmp
Type chmod 0777 FPT
Type su
Type ./FPT -F X98_Air_II.bin - This will take a while

Next, you'll want to prepare your USB device. Use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to burn your Windows 8.1 ISO to your portable media. That will take a while.

Hook up your USB device, keyboard, mouse, etc. to your tablet using the USB hub and OTG cable.

Use your keyboard to get into the bios after a hard reset of the tablet (del key) and go to security. Disable secure boot mode. It may already be disabled. Then, go to boot options and select your USB device that's plugged in as the primary boot device. Save and exit.

After rebooting again, you should start up the windows install. Congrats! Once that's complete, it's time to install drivers. You can do this by right-clicking the INF for each driver (from above) and left-clicking Install.
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sad that only chinese manufacturers have put out a tablet like this. it's a great form factor for reading, far superior to 16:9 tablets
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I want to buy it just to see if it is as good as I dream it could be for this price point.
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Seems very interesting, can put windows 8.1 on it also. Too bad no reviews.
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Quote from cjsutherland View Post :
I want to buy it just to see if it is as good as I dream it could be for this price point.
for the price i can't see it being terrible. it's not like all major tablets aren't already manufactured in china anyway
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sad that only chinese manufacturers have put out a tablet like this. it's a great form factor for reading, far superior to 16:9 tablets
Agreed.

A few months ago, I broke down and bought a nearly identical tablet to the one in the OP, an Onda V975i. Looks the same, but the Onda had the Z3735D CPU which has a lower turbo speed. Ran Android very well, scored over 31k in Antutu. LOVE the screen. I decided to convert it over to Windows 8.1 to see how well I'd like it compared to my Asus T100, which is a Win8.1 tablet with 10.1" 16:9 screen. The Onda screen, despite being smaller in inches, felt much bigger, and is actually usable in both landscape and portrait. The Onda specs were much lesser than my T100, but I liked the Onda so much better due to 4:3 screen and smaller weight/size, I kept it and sold the T100. Only thing a 4:3 tablet isn't as good for are 16:9 movies and videos, but that's what they make 70" TVs for.
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Quote from iredline5 View Post :
Seems very interesting, can put windows 8.1 on it also. Too bad no reviews.
http://youtu.be/HWI3fRn_OPQ

That is listed as the Air...this is the Air II. Not sure if the one in the video is this model or the prior version.
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i had one but returned. the big problem is super hot screen...can't touch it after 10mins use. hence battery sucks, only lasts 4 hours
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i had one but returned. the big problem is super hot screen...can't touch it after 10mins use. hence battery sucks, only lasts 4 hours
Interesting. A review on Youtube specifically mentioned the battery being nice. Nothing about heat though.

Did you have the Air II or the Air 3G?
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Interesting. A review on Youtube specifically mentioned the battery being nice. Nothing about heat though.

Did you have the Air II or the Air 3G?
I think that's the problem with Chinese tablets. Inconsistent quality. If you get lucky, you get a good one that doesn't have any problems at all. If you're unlucky, you get one with weird, intermittent problems. Having to ship back to China if you get a dud is an extra hassle and often costly and no guarantee the one you get back will be problem-free.

That said, I'm sure there are more lucky than unlucky people as nobody bothers to post on a forum if they're not having any problems.
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Quote from GnatGoSplat View Post :
I think that's the problem with Chinese tablets. Inconsistent quality. If you get lucky, you get a good one that doesn't have any problems at all. If you're unlucky, you get one with weird, intermittent problems. Having to ship back to China if you get a dud is an extra hassle and often costly and no guarantee the one you get back will be problem-free.

That said, I'm sure there are more lucky than unlucky people as nobody bothers to post on a forum if they're not having any problems.
Sounds reasonable. Haven't delved into the Chinese product buying before. I am going to try as this intrigues me too much.

A link to the warranty and return policy, etc. for anyone interested...

http://www.geekbuying.com/help/cu...urn_policy
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Looks nice. My only problem with china tabs are dedicated accessories. I'm not a fan of universal accessories. I want a perfect fit slim case. One better, I want a perfect fit slim case.

From the specs though, it seems like the dimensions are the same as the ipad air, 240mm x 169mm x7.4mm. The Air is 7.5mm which I can't imagine .1mm makes a whole lot of difference. If I could throw this in an ipad Air keyboard case, that could be something. Though, I think the Air is actually 169.5mm wide. Do wonder how good of a fit it would be. This in a Clam Case Pro would be pretty sweet, except, no touchpad. That would probably be my biggest issue. So tough finding a keyboard case with a touchpad.
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sounds great!
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Quote from GnatGoSplat View Post :
I think that's the problem with Chinese tablets. Inconsistent quality. If you get lucky, you get a good one that doesn't have any problems at all. If you're unlucky, you get one with weird, intermittent problems. Having to ship back to China if you get a dud is an extra hassle and often costly and no guarantee the one you get back will be problem-free.

That said, I'm sure there are more lucky than unlucky people as nobody bothers to post on a forum if they're not having any problems.
actually the heat problem is consistent with this model. if u can read chinese u'll see all users experience same issue. u get what u pay - its only $200 bucks
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