Samsung has recently rolled out Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Over-The-Air (OTA) update with base firmware XXBMF1 for the international 3G + Wi-Fi version of Galaxy Note 8.0 bearing model number GT-N5100. The current official build is originally for Note users in Germany. However, users from supported regions can install the update with Odin flashing tool.
The XXBMF1 build is an unbranded version of firmware and can be installed on any GT-N5100 unit.
Version: Android 4.1.2
Built date: June, 2013
Galaxy Note 8.0 users, who have already installed Android 4.1.2 XXBMF1 Jelly Bean on their devices, may follow our step-by-step guide to root the same. The tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root file released by recognised XDA developer, Chainfire. The CF-Auto-Root is said to be the safest root method available so far. Besides, it is totally firmware independent. It supports Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and future firmware as well. Head over to the development page to learn more about the root method.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any mishap. Additionally, users are advised to verify that their tablets meet following requirements.
1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to transfer files from the Android device to the computer.
2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the tablet to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option then verify the USB Debugging Mode.]
3) As the tutorial is likely to wipe all data of the tablet, create a backup for the same. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as ClockworkMod/TWRP already installed then backup data using the recovery.
4) The tablet should have above 80 per cent of battery charge.
5) The Galaxy Note 8.0 should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.
6) The device will lose manufacturer's warranty once it is rooted. However, users can reclaim the warranty by unrooting the device later.
7) The CF-Auto-Root file works only on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5100. Applying this on any incorrect variant will brick the device. Therefore, verify the model number of the Galaxy device by navigating to Settings>> About tablet>> Model number.
Steps to root Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5100 on Android 4.1.2 XXBMF1 Jelly Bean
Step-1: Download CF-Auto-Root package for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to the computer
File name: CF-Auto-Root-Kona3g-kona3gxx-gtn5100.zip
Step-2: Extract the downloaded root zip to get a file with .tar.md5 extension
Step-3: Download Odin3 v3.07. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.07.exe with some other files
Step-4: Turn off the Galaxy Note and wait for about five to six seconds for the vibration to confirm complete power off
Step-5: Now boot the tablet into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Home buttons together and then press the Power button until the device turns on. Now press the Volume Up button to continue to enter into Download Mode
Step-6: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an Administrator
Step-7: Connect the Galaxy tablet to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected successfully, the ID: COM box in Odin will turn yellow with the COM port number. Additionally, the successful connection will be indicated by a message saying Added under Odin.
Note: If the Added message does not come then try another USB port, try the one located at the back side of the computer. If Odin still fails to recognise the device then re-install USB driver.
Step-8: In Odin, click the PDA button and select CF-Auto-Root-kona3g-kona3gxx-gtn5100.tar.md5 file
Step-9: Configure Odin settings. Verify the Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected. But ensure that the Re-Partition option is unchecked
Step-10: Once everything is set, click the Start button in Odin to begin the installation
Step-11: When the installation process is completed, the tablet will restart automatically. And soon a PASS message with green background will appear in the extreme left box at the very top of Odin. After the home screen appears on the tablet, unplug the USB cable from the device to disconnect it from the computer
The Galaxy Note 8.0 should be now rooted successfully on Android 4.1.2 XXBMF1 Jelly Bean official firmware. To ensure the root status further, install Root Checker app from Google Play Store.
Click here for guide to install Android 4.1.2 XXBMF1 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5110.
[Source: Honai of Android]