Update Lenovo S860 with Latest ROW Firmware ROW_S308_140818

08 Oct 2014

Update Lenovo S860 with Latest ROW Firmware ROW_S308_140818 – This guide is about how to re flashing your devices with the new latest ROM release for international users (2GB RAM), this ROM also can be use for China device (1GB RAM) but always change the modem file after successful flashing this ROM. This update can also be obtain using OTA from System Setting ↦ System Update but you need standard Lenovo recovery on S306_ROW firmware. Even this firmware is official release for International devices, this guide still have possibility to brick your devices so please do backup prepare before following this guide, And for China devices please consider to backup modem file and current firmware.

Disclaimer :

This guide for educational purpose only, We not responsible if your device bricked after following this tutorial.  (DWYOR) Be careful failed update using this guide will make you must open your case to remove battery so consider it before follow this guide.

Note :

If your phone from china with 1GB memory, then after apply this update you must flash the modem file (Root ↦ TWRP ↦ modem), Otherwise your 3G will not work and sometimes the left SIM slot will not work too. 

Update Lenovo S860 with Latest ROW Firmware ROW_S308_140818

ROM Description :

  • Build Number : S860_ROW_S308_140818
  • Date Release : 18-08-2014
  • OS : Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Language : Russian , Ukrainian, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai
  • Google Applications : Include
  • Root : No
Change Log :
  • Menu Button Light (On, Automatic, Off) – can be access from System Setting ↦ Display ↦ Menu Button Light
Downloads :
  • S860_ROW_S308_140818 1.03 GB, contains full images file that needed to flashing / update your devices
  • USB VCOM Driver  Install this driver first on your computer, Turn off your device and remove the battery, using USB cable connect your device while look at My Computer  Manage  Device Manager there will be MTK65xx Preloader Devices show up for 5 second than disappeared, before disappeared right click on it and select Update Driver Software point it to USB VCOM Driver extracted folder. When it finish disconnect and connect again there will be Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Port on your device manager.
    Update Lenovo S860 with Latest ROW Firmware ROW_S308_140818
  • SP Flash Tool v3.1324 this is optional download, you can also found flash tool inside the ROM folder. 
Update Lenovo S860 with Latest ROW Firmware ROW_S308_140818
  1. Download all required files above, place it on the one folder for easy organized it. Please make sure USB VCOM driver are completely installed on your computer before continued to the next step.
  2. Extract downloaded ROM file, and you will found 4 folders. Just use target_bin  this folder contains all images files and S860_ROW_Flash_Tool_v3.1324.0.177_PreloadUpdate this is flash tool folder.
  3. Go to flash tool folder and run Flash_Tool.exe, if you are using windows 7 or later please run it using administrator privilege. On the flash tool please check DA DL All with Checksum option this must be checked, now click on the Scatter-Loading button and point it to target_bin/MT6582_Android_scatter.txt, once loaded this will automatic load all required files to flash tool.
    Update Lenovo S860 with Latest ROW Firmware ROW_S308_140818
  4. Finish configure flash tool, now you can press Download Button or hit F9 , this will make flash tool become stand by and ready to received connection from your device. If there is process to initialize than wait until finish and flash tool become stand by.
  5. Now turn off your device, since Lenovo S860 use non removable battery you must wait until completely turn off, error on flashing process will make you remove the back cover to remove the battery. Connect your device to your computer and if USB VCOM driver completely installed then flash tool will recognize your device and begin to start installation process.
  6. Installation process will take 5-6 minutes to finish, when you see GREEN CIRCLE on the middle of flash tool than you can disconnect your device, and it mean your already finish.
    Update Lenovo S860 with Latest ROW Firmware ROW_S308_140818
  7. Turn on your device, the first boot will be take around 4-5 minutes to complete wait until it completely show your desktop / home screen. Verify the build number on the System Settings ↦ About Phone ↦ Build Number make sure it same with the download file.
  8. Now you need to do factory reset and set your home country, open Dialer and dial #### 682 #, the phone will be reboot and apply country code to recovery. After completely start open Dialer again and dial ####8888## this will do factory reset.
Congratulations, you have successful update your Lenovo S860 with the latest firmware for International ROM. Please leave comments if you found any problem regarding this guide. Thank You
    1. Hi, how do I prevent that driver from disappearing? when the phone is turned off it will connect the device and disconnect it stright away probably as it will start charge the phone.. (s860 non removable battery) :/ i updated/installed the driver as mentioned in the tutorial but it keeps disconnecting even when the connection is established via SP Flash Tool which results in instant error..
      how to keep the connection running?

    2. Hi,
      Try to remove all related driver, then try to start install the driver again. It look like the installation driver got error, because once you completely install the driver vcom usb it will prevent device to charging and make device known as port on your pc, that way flash tool can do installation progress

    3. No, it not possible because changing modem file is changing system file and changing system file is not possible without root access, if you wanna know how to manual changing file you can refer to this guide http://bit.ly/1pplXBM.
      If your current version is still jelly bean you can easy root it with framaroot application, can be search at xda or google.

    1. Hi,
      What automatically ? An update? Update firmware have 3 type flash tool like above guide, OTA offline that need download file update and store at sd card and OTA online that can be obtain on system update about phone. oTA online will be automatically if you set it to update automatically but it don't have any related with charge

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