Update Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020 to Android 4.1.2 XXBMH1 Official Firmware

Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020 has found a way to be in today’s guide. The reason behind this new addition to our list: last month saw the release of XXBMH1 official firmware, the tool which brings Android 4.1.2 on your tablet.

Your gadget was launched in March this year. Once our guide goes through, your Galaxy Note 10.1 N8020 will, provided it runs a custom ROM, witness goodies such as extended vsync timing, pop up play, a fixed frame of 60 fps, mini apps, all share, a new keyboard, Google Now, group cast, sync and connect email updates, automatic adjustment for the size of widgets, touch anticipation, free style widget, and triple buffering.

Be careful: the tablet our tutorial addresses is the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8020, only this model. If you want to perform this update you should live in one of the following countries: Norway (Telenor), Sweden, Netherlands (KPN) and Finland. Don’t use our steps on another tablet, as you will brick it.

Since the new firmware has its KIES logo activated, you can update the gadget to the new Android 4.1.2 with Samsung KIES if you want to. You can upgrade the device either via OTA (by using the Software Update button under Settings menu) or our guide.

If you rooted your tablet, you should be warned of the following con: if you update your gadget, its root access will be revoked and the system partition will be erased as a result. But you also need to know that the upgrade will not affect the device’s internal and external SD cards and that the important data will stay on your gadget.


The list above contains the requirements that make sure your tablet is fully prepared for the upgrade:

  • make a backup (a normal one and a full NANDroid one, via these tips);
  • fully charge the battery inside the tablet;
  • enable USB Debugging;
  • flash from this location, on your laptop or comp, USB drivers appropriate for your tablet;
  • turn off the security software running on your notebook or PC and your Samsung N8020;
  • the laptop or personal comp you use daily must run Windows.Galaxy-Note-10.1-GT-N8020


When you are done with the preparations, you can start the guide.

  1. Here is how the first step needs to go: download, on your comp or laptop, the new Jelly Bean XXBMH1 stock firmware (download the Finland version from here, the Norway version from here, the Sweden version from this page and the Netherlands file from this page) and Odin3 v3.07 from this page.
  2. The tutorial should go on with you booting the tablet in Download Mode. The procedure to follow for this part: press and simultaneously hold Volume Down and Power, then, when the logo of Samsung’s Galaxy is displayed, your gadget will have entered the mode we mentioned.
  3. The Odin must be launched as Admin on the laptop; after you do that, connect the tablet to the latter by using the tablet’s USB cable, then look for a yellow ID:COM box and a message saying “Added!!“. They show that the connection happened; if the connection isn’t established, though, you need to either install the USB drivers once more or use, this time, a different USB port.
  4. Perform these next few tasks after you are all done with the earlier ones: tap PDA, choose a file with CODE in the name, tap Phone, opt for a file with MODEM in the name, tap CSC, select a file with CSC in the name, click on PIT and end this by opting for a file with .pit in its name.
  5. Activate, as the next step, these three important boxes: Auto Reboot, Re-partition and F. Reset Time. Now you should commence the flashing of the new firmware by tapping “Start” and then waiting for the process to be over.
  6. As the firmware is finally installed, your tablet will restart shortly afterwards and it will have “Pass” as a message on the display so that you can do this: unplug the gadget from the notebook. The Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020 must be disconnected from your laptop.

After the two devices are separated from one another, do this: open Settings on your gadget, then access About Tablet. The Android 4.1.2 XXBMH1 is going to wait for you in that location.

Once you find it where we indicated, you should use it and test the new features on your own. After you do that and the new firmware is not what you had in mind, the NANDroid backup file will restore the old ROM on your tablet by revoking the update procedure.

If there is something uncertain about our steps or you want to leave a comment about the new firmware, the comment field below is open for all our readers!

Posted In How To - By Mihai Mateescu

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