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Old 01-13-2023, 10:29 PM   #1
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Chinese version vs international version?

I am about to buy the Boox Tab X but couldn't decide where should I get it.

I can either get it on Taobao when my mom were in China, or I could buy one from Amazon.ca (currently living in Canada). The former would be Chinese version I assumed and the one on Amazon.ca would be international?

Is there any difference between these in terms of firmwares? I want definitely google play support and don't want bloatwares...
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Don't know if there is a difference between models bought in China and those bought abroad.

However, I can't seem to find Boox Tab X on amazon.ca. It is available on amazon.com, but then there are shipping fees to Canada: https://www.amazon.com/BOOX-Tab-ePap...ef_=ast_sto_dp


Personally, even though I live in Canada, I have bought all my Boox ereaders from ereader.store in Germany. I highly recommend them if the device is not on amazon.ca. https://ereader.store/en/13-3-inch-screen-reader-18

Just be aware that, if bought on Amazon, the Tab X apparently does not come with a cover. If bought from ereader.store, the cover is included. That is something which you may also want to look into if you are having your mother buy the device for you in China.
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Chinese version doesn't have google play. International version does have google play.
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Old 01-16-2023, 10:51 PM   #4
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I'm also trying to figure out whether to buy a Boox from the official taobao store or from their website in Hong Kong. The customer service on taobao has told me that the China version cannot be flashed with the international firmware, so if you want native google app support then it would be difficult? China version does support English language interface though.

Has anyone tried to flash the china market versions with international firmware?

The mainland China models are slightly different from the international models:

Boox Tab
China version: BOOX Tab10, 4gb ram, 128gb storage, no camera, blue colour, 3499RMB
https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?ab...d=686222200516

International version: BOOX Tab Ultra, 4gb ram, 128gb storage, 16mp camera, black colour, 4998HKD
https://www.boox.com.hk/products/ein...blet-tab-ultra

Boox Note
China version: BOOX Note5+, 6gb ram, 128gb storage, dark blue colour, 3299RMB
https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?ab...d=656987498093

International version: BOOX 10.3" Note 5, 4gb ram, 64gb storage, dark blue colour, 4498HKD
https://www.boox.com.hk/products/ein...d-tablet-note5

Boox Air
China version:
BOOX NoteX2, 4gb ram, 64gb storage, 3700mah battery, tf card slot, dark blue colour, 2599RMB
https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?ab...d=688905907874

International version: BOOX 10.3'' Note Air2 Plus, 4gb ram, 64gb storage, no tf card, 3700mah battery, pine green colour, 4198HKD
https://www.boox.com.hk/products/new...-air2-plus-103
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Separately, are there any issues with installing APKs from other sources onto the china version of a BOOX device? For example, can you install the google play store?
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Don't know if there is a difference between models bought in China and those bought abroad.

However, I can't seem to find Boox Tab X on amazon.ca. It is available on amazon.com, but then there are shipping fees to Canada: https://www.amazon.com/BOOX-Tab-ePap...ef_=ast_sto_dp


Personally, even though I live in Canada, I have bought all my Boox ereaders from ereader.store in Germany. I highly recommend them if the device is not on amazon.ca. https://ereader.store/en/13-3-inch-screen-reader-18

Just be aware that, if bought on Amazon, the Tab X apparently does not come with a cover. If bought from ereader.store, the cover is included. That is something which you may also want to look into if you are having your mother buy the device for you in China.
Oh… I wish I knew this site a month ago..
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Old 01-17-2023, 02:11 PM   #7
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Thanks! It seems that it's better to buy international version should I needed google play service, right?
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Thanks! It seems that it's better to buy international version should I needed google play service, right?
No,you can enable google play in chinese version,there's an option you can switch on.
All you should focus on is the warranty, is it convenient for you?

also another different you should know
e.g my leaf2 is chinese version,the device name is "Leaf2_P".When you use koreader,the app can't know this device name(international version is Leaf2 without "_p").you will not get fully functions(eink refresh,light control)

In general two versions are same after all

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No,you can enable google play in chinese version,there's an option you can switch on.
All you should focus on is the warranty, is it convenient for you?

also another different you should know
e.g my leaf2 is chinese version,the device name is "Leaf2_P".When you use koreader,the app can't know this device name(international version is Leaf2 without "_p").you will not get fully functions(eink refresh,light control)

In general two versions are same after all
I have heard the CHN version has a modified android that's not very compatible with lots of apps from Google Play. Especially for google notification framework
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