Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone: Part Three

Best Buy’s secret Rockchip 3288-based tablet, the Insignia Flex Elite, appeared at the FCC back in June, under the Grantee code XMF (XMF-MID7802). It’s never fun linking directly to the FCC, so here’s an alternate link that should work for everybody.

The user manual can be seen online here.

After the break, external and internal photos from the FCC.

InsigniaFlexEliteFCCI001

InsigniaFlexEliteFCCI002

InsigniaFlexEliteFCCI003

InsigniaFlexEliteFCCI004

InsigniaFlexEliteFCCI005

The brushed metal-appearing back is similar to that of past tablets from Pipo.

And those twin speaker grilles on the bottom — are there really two speakers?

Yes:

FCC201

FCC202

FCC203

FCC204

This looks like a typical hand-assembled tablet from China. Not much tape, however.

Dan EE left some additional information over at XDA Developers:

1. Won’t turn on when off and charger connected.

2. Adaptive brightness doesn’t use the control. Really bright and drains battery.

3. SDcard only accessible for stock apps. ES3 or Kodi can’t see it. Probably mounted root only.

4. Camera app is really primitive. No option to record as HEVC even though HW encoding supported.

Point by point:

1 – That’s disappointing but not surprising for a cheap China tablet. I’d also be worried about charging it overnight while I slept. I would never charge it unsupervised. A tablet like this might have a battery that will eventually balloon.

2 – I wonder if a Play Store app or utility could fix that? Maybe it requires root to fix?

3 – The microSD card limitation is very strange. I don’t think there will ever be an Android update for this tablet. This seems like one of those “make ’em and sell ’em” deals. This would likely require root to fix, at the very least.

4 – Again, I wonder if a camera app from the Pay Store could fix that? I’ve read of people with phones using Camera ZOOM FX – FREE instead of whatever camera UI was built-in.

You know, looking at those four issues, I have to wonder now why anyone would even bother? For just US$50 more, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 has none of those problems.

Previously here:

Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone: Part Two
Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone

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7 responses to “Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone: Part Three

  1. giouncino

    There are better choices on same price range with better performances: Cube T7 is an example: it’s 4G, it’s definitely faster than RK3288.
    If you prefer a 4:3 ratio next Cube T8 could be even more interesting!

  2. Luke

    That pcb … facepalm…. looks like it was soldered by someone who had to do a quick job. Shouldn’t even pass QC.
    I wouldn’t touch it.

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