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Don't buy the Chinese version of Lenovo phones

2015-10-17, 11:57 AM

If you are based outside of China, do NOT buy the Chinese version of Lenovo phones for the reasons listed below. Even though those phones are often sold online they are not sold by Lenovo outside of China.

 

Regarding the phones sold on the Chinese market they have a completely different user interface and very often also a different hardware that better fits the Chinese mobile networks and might not work as well outside of China.

 

Google is also blocked in China, therefore you won't be able to access most google services on a Chinese phone and there is no google app store in the Chinese phone. For that reasons, Chinese phones are NOT SOLD outside of China.

 

People based outside of China should buy the ROW version of the phone. Unfortunately, some people buy the Chinese phones, root them, modify them, add bloatware, and sell them online to customers outside of China.

 

Unsurprisingly, phones that are modified in such a way do not run the original version of the software intended by Lenovo. Cannot be updated to new software release, or if you update them you will end up with Chinese firmware.


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Re: Don't buy the Chinese version of Lenovo phones

2015-11-07, 17:05 PM

My friend lenovo this with Brazilian software version 4.22, baseband version number S660 v32 2014/05 compilation s660-50,2-140505, he took a Viros monkeytest and did not come out at all, then atuaizei and it worked, but the software came Chinese and English language that could only have like going back to the old software, anyone can help me.
Itamar

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09-26-2015

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2015-11-11, 1:47 AM
I have been cheated by a seller at my place.. I dont know how to fix it bcoz i dont read chinese.. Im in very difficult situation..
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Re: Don't buy the Chinese version of Lenovo phones

2015-12-10, 22:01 PM

Hi there. I live in Germany an you cannot officially buy a S660 here. Therefore I  ordered one directly from China. So I have the one with KitKat 4.4.2 and CN (Vibe) Version. I love this Smartphone!!! The battery capacity is a blast - 7  days with one battery charge! Even right know (the phone is 1 year an 2 months old) . and: DELETING THE BLOATWARE IS POSSIBLE! Use Google and you will find (androidrookies -> twrp custom recovery -> SuperSU APP. You can even install playstore in the CN Version. All you have to do is download gapps.ZIP and open it in the twrp menue. The only thing which I didn't find out till now :  Since one month I get regulary Lenovo adverts directly in the status bar. There are chinese signs an "x3" between. Maybe someone else can hell me in this matter.Thanks Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016-01-01, 7:59 AM
That's the problem when buying lenovo Chinese ver.u will get a lot of spam ads inside,sometimes it install itself to ur phone.next time if u would like to find some lenovo model,try to buy from Malaysia.its even better since its in official English,no Chinese bloatware since Malay and English is our main language here
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Re: Don't buy the Chinese version of Lenovo phones

2016-01-06, 22:07 PM

You can find the american android version of all phones in http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/globalproductselector?returnurl=livechatpc&c=1 You only select your phone and download the Open Source Code and  Lenovo Smart Assistant (Installs on PC only)

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01-06-2016

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2016-01-15, 15:48 PM

I have a Lenovo S865 and it works perfectly, even crome works. Only the menue language is German and in Parts English.

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01-15-2016

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Re: Don't buy the Chinese version of Lenovo phones

2016-01-15, 15:57 PM

Managed to install a rom from a website i found, working great now.

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Re: Don't buy the Chinese version of Lenovo phones

2016-08-02, 7:37 AM

I bought a vibe x3 lite online not realising Tinydeal.com is a chinese firm. The phone is good but you can't update to marshmallow because it tells you on the phone to contact Lenovo after sales support to update and using Lenovo smart assist it fails to update the ROM !

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Re: Don't buy the Chinese version of Lenovo phones

2016-09-07, 20:24 PM

wrote:

You can find the american android version of all phones in http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/globalproductselector?returnurl=livechatpc&c=1 You only select your phone and download the Open Source Code and  Lenovo Smart Assistant (Installs on PC only)


1.  There is no american android version for Vibe X3C50 !  

2. Chnese Vibe X3(c50) don't have OEM unlock in developers setings !!!! , so you can't  root this phone in safe way. And withaut root you can't istall google store,  you can't sync google callendar and use other services and apps which requires google services have to be installed !!! 

You can root chnese VIBE X3 using android system from Internatonal Vibe X3 model but after that you lose your IMEI, MAC, seriall nuber and you got semi bricked phone.

 

3. In chnese Vibe X3 (C50)  you can choose english language but despite this there is still chnese language for example in phonebook / kontakts. Weather app has only chinese citiy names !!!.  English dictionary in SMS/MMS don't work. A lots of chinese apps instaled in which you can't change language to english. !!! 

 

In one word you got "chnese quality" 

 

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