Updated the 27th May
For some time now, I have been looking for a phone that could follow me in my travels, while allowing me the required connectivity.
The Runbo X5 was quite appealing in these terms, as it is a rugged dual sim, dual core phone with a “vanilla” ICS 4.0.4
So far I’ve had the phone for a week, and although it crashed 2 times the first day and one time both the second and third day, it somehow got stable and I just decided it would become my main phone. The previous sentence might sound funny, but I was a bit wary of this almost “reviewless”, quite cheap, Chinese phone (aren’t all our phones Chinese today anyway?).
As it is sparse and poorly referenced, I will try to post relevant information on this page, in order to try to help other users. I mess a bit with my phone, because I think I know what I’m doing, but at least I’m certain that some of the things I did could have bricked/ruined my phone. In no case might I be held responsible for any damage that occurs to your phone for following any of the hacks you find here.
Basically, the Runbo X5 has:
- An MTK6577 1Ghz Dual core processor
- Dual Sim GSM/CDMA – beware, both sims are not equal!!! the first is CDMA, the second is 2G – GSM.
- 4Gb rom
- 1Gb ram
- 3800 mA battery
- A 400-470 Mhz UHF radio
- The usual Android requirements: sensors, camera, GPS, …
For complete technical specs, please visit gsmchoice
!!! This can ruin your phone !!!
After having the phone for a week, I was itchy to get root so I could do proper backups, use setcpu, … and maybe later, toy with the system. Please be sure you read everything, as the above warning is not a joke, and don’t forget to put your phone USB in camera mode (not USB sharing).
This time, it is xda-developers Bin4ry that solved the issue with his many ICS root –> This file worked to root my Runbo X5
Interesting external links:
An in progres UHF Runbo hack on randomdata
An insight of the Runbo X3 by Philipp Maier on YouTube
After an hour of random clicking on Chinese text, I got an interesting file out of the runbo site:
I havn’t had the time to test it yet, but I wanted to share Pocket RXTX, that seems to be a promising tool for radio.
I will update this page from time to time, please, if you have anything interesting to share, let me know at jupiter126 \@robase&’=1″\ gmail.com (sorry but I hate spambots ;))
After 7 months, I managed to kill the Runbo. The hardware still looks OK, but the phone crashes upon loading the Runbo logo, so I can’t boot it anymore.
This phone went trough hell: it flew and fall hundred of times (once at 40km/h from the bicycle), it swam and took showers, it was the most solid phone I ever had. I will miss this phone so much that I just ordered an X6 as replacement (I’ll post about it when I’ll receive it) 😉