UPDATE: This phone has been renamed back to S7100
If you go to the Fastcardtech site and do a search for HDC S7100, you will no longer be able to find it. It has been re-named HDC N7100+ which shares the same name as the UPAI N7100+ or the STAR S7100 / N7100+. The price has also been dropped to $195 with free shipping.
You will never find a company that switches names like that in the western world or even in Singapore. Perhaps the brand HDC is just a name created by Fastcardtech.
Anyway, these phones are all identical and I ordered one for testing and my findings are in my previous post. This is the first MTK6577 phone running Jelly Bean and I want to see for myself how good Jelly Bean is. I found the phone to be unstable but still useable when all the functions are working. It gets frustrating when you turn off a switch only to find that you are unable to turn it back on and have to try several things to try to get it to work like hold your breath while turning on the phone or standing on your head while you activate the switch.
I managed to find a rom from a Spanish forum and flashed it and everything runs correctly except that the compass is not working. The compass was already not working in the first faulty ROM.
So here is the youtube video that I just finished. Sorry if I left out testing some features but I had to make the video as short and as comprehensive as possible so you will know what you are getting when you buy this phone.
There is another version of this phone with a HD 720p screen (link here) but I will not be testing that as I already know now that the MTK6577 SOC is being pushed to its limits when driving a 720p HD screen and therefore will introduce some jerkiness. I am very skeptical of this HD version because the main advertising in the listing do not coincide with the pictures and details. I am sure the screen is QHD and not HD. I measured the size of the screen grab and it is QHD unmodified. If fastcardtech resized the picture it will be in JPG format and not PNG which is the screen grab format. That phone is the HDC N7100 (without the +). If you want to buy the phone then go ahead, don't let me stop you.
So please watch the video to find out if this phone is for you. Rooted stable ROM and CWM recovery Links Below the video.
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Essential software list:
BIN4RY ROOT METHOD
FLASH TOOL FOR WINDOWS
MTK6577 and MTK6575 DRIVERS
Dec 29 2012 update: Engineer mode
UPDATE: A reader received the phone without the instability problems so it appears that the phone has been fixed. If anyone has the phone with the old unstable rom, the rom here will fix those problems.
If you get the phone without any problems, you just need to add CWM recovery and use the rooting method by bin4ry.
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