Advanced Scanner: Autel MS908S Pro vs Launxh X431 Pad VII vs Autel Ultra

It’s time for me to buy a new advanced MULTI brand device. And i can’t choose. 7 years used the Autel. No experience with Launch. May be need to try the Launch?  choice – MS908S ProX431 Pad VII or your choice????

~60% – EU cars, ~30% – Asian cars, ~10% – US cars, NO China or RU.
~80% – diagnostic, fault finding; ~10% – IMMO related jobs, ~10% – special(coding, programming) jobs, that need the dealer level equipment(I have a lot). Most of time i use the multibrand scanner.

Autel Ms908s Vs Pad Vii Vs Ultra engineer suggestion:

Update cost: MS908S Pro $795/year, PAD VII $450 /year


Key programming:

– PAD VII is able to program key with X431 GIII Xprog 3.

Autel MS908S Pro can do basic transponder immobilizer, for advanced key programming, you’ll need a separate device, IM508 or IM608 with xp400



Autel MS908S Pro is not working, go for Autel IM608 with xp400 too


Compatible truck models:

– PAD VII is allowed to add heavy duty software license to diagnose truck models

– Autel MS908S Pro: not working, you’ll need a separate device, go for MS909CV HD and Commercial device


Topology Mapping:

– PAD VII: confirmed

– Autel MS908S Pro: not working, go for Autel Ultra / MS919 3rd level diagnostic scanners


Special cars, Australian Ford / Holden, Indican and Russian makes

– PAD VII: confirmed

– Autel MS908S Pro: pay to add


Users’ feedback speaks louder than words:


Part 1. Autel MS908S Pro review

  1. Autel – I have good experience. Good coverage, in most cases stable connection and most of functions work fine.
    MS908S Pro – can’t work with X400Pro programmer(need IM508, IM608).
    MS908S Pro –  PassTrough support. IM508/IM608 – w/o PassTrough.
    MS908S Pro – online coding/programming VAG, MB, BMW.


MS908S Pro – program GM modules and worked every time once your laptop is setup to accommodate the franchise specific platforms. Definitely worth every penny.


MS908S Pro – connects wirelessly to the vehicle interface, so you can easily move the tablet around while troubleshooting and diagnosing sensors and vehicle issues.


Autel MS908S Pro Hardware:

Operating System:          Android™ 4.4.2, KitKat

Display Size: 9.7″

Wireless VCI: MaxiFlash Elite

Battery Life: 11000 mAh 3.7 V

Memory Storage: 64GB

Connector Kit: Yes


Autel MS908S Pro Functions:

All Systems DTC Scan

Service Function

Bi-Directional Control

Auto VIN Technology

ECU Coding

ECU Programming

MaxiFix Cloud-Based Info System

Data Manager

Shop Manager

Remote Support

Pre-scan Report & Post-scan Report (North America Only)

Print Feature

Multi-language Support


Autel MS908S Pro Coverage:

Domestic/Asian/European Coverage(1996-Present)

Compatible protocols: ISO 9142-2, ISO 14230-2, ISO 15765-4, K/L-Line, Flashing Code, SAE-J1850 VPW,SAE-J1850 PWM, CAN ISO 11898, Highspeed, Middlespeed, Lowspeed and Singlewire CAN,GM UART, UART Echo Byte Protocol, Honda Diag-H Protocol, TP 2.0, TP 1.6, SAE J1939,SAE J1708, Fault-Tolerant CAN


For the specific car model / year to be supported by Autel MS908S Pro, check in the official site:


Autel MS908S Pro Add-on Options:


Inspection Camera



Part 2. Launch X431 Pad VII Review

comes with professional design and hardware, has a powerful combination of full-system diagnostics, key programming, ECU coding, programming, advanced maintenance services and Bi-directional control test.

It has a good vehicle coverage too.

Firstly, read this article on Launch X431 Pad VII in-depth Review


Launch X431 Pad VII Configuration:

Display: 13.3″/1920*1080 IPS

CPU: 2.0GHz Octa-core

Memory: 8GB

Storage: 256GB

Camera: 13MP Rear+8MB front

VCI Connector: Smartlink C

VCI Connection: 2.4GHz & 5GHz dual WiFi

Battery: 71.1Wh(=19000mAh)

Adjustable Supporting holder: Yes

IP65 waterproof & dustproof: yes

Quick charge technology: yes

Size (mm): 353*236*71

Operating System: Android 9.0


Launch X431 Pad VII capabilities:

Full system diagnosis

OBDII full function

Tech-to-tech remote diagnosis

Smartlink remote diagnosis

Auto Vin Identification

Bi-directional Control

Advanced coding

VW & Audi Guided Function

J2534: confirmed

DoIP: confirmed

RP1210/D-PDU: confirmed

Advanced programming: confirmed


Complete TPMS service with X431 TSGUN

Advanced key programming with Xprog 3

Adas calibration (optional)

Software upgrade: with WIFI

Vehicle coverage: Passenger cars Medium & light Duty Vehicle Heavy duty vehicles (Optional)

Service functions: 32 by local diagnosis get more by Smartlink Remote Diagnosis


Launch X431 Pad VII service function:

Brake reset, oil reset, SAS Reset, Battery match, ABS bleeding, Elec. Throttle RLRN, TPMS reset, DPF regeneration, Gear learning, Immobilizer, Injector coding, Sunroof initialization, SUS reset, AFS reset, Gear learning, Adblue reset, Coolant bleeding, EGR adaption, Nox sensor reset, Seats Call bration, Tire reset, Windows calibration, A/F Reset, Stop/Start reset, Transport mode, Language change, AC System relearn, ACC calibration, Engine power balance monitoring, GPF Regeneration, Rotation Angle Sensor calibration, High-voltage battery health detection etc.

More reset services (Via Smartlink Remote Diagnosis)

Launch X431 Pad VII Compatible modules:

X431 ADAS Pro, X431 ADAS mobile, Xprog 3 immobilizer, Xprog immobilizer, BST360 Battery Tester, Wifi Printer, X431 TSGUN TPMS device, VSP600 Videoscope, X431 O2-1 Oscilloscope, X431 S2-2 Sensorbox, HD III module


For the specific car model / year to be supported by Launch X431 Pad VII, check in the official site:



Both Autel and launch brands are known for their professional OBD II scanners. And the two brands have some unique features of their own. However, which brand of device you buy will depend on your decision and budget. Launch X431 Pad VII is much more similar as Autel Ultra no matter what the functions, features and the price.