Autel IM508 or Autel IM608? Which is the best?


As two of the main key programmers of Autel, both IM508 and IM608 performs very well on car key programming. But they do have  difference in the perspective of function, hardware and price. Therefore, we write the article for your reference to choose the most suitable programmer.

Autel IM508 Overview 

* MaxiIM IM508 is a fast, easy-to-use, and ultraportable immobilizer and key programming device.

* Equipped with the XP400 key programmer, IM508 is capable of providing extraordinary service functions for the immobilizer system.

* Together with the ability to quickly diagnose all modules of the majority of the makes and models on the market, IM508 provides you with superior special functions.

* IM508 is the perfect solution for shops and technicians who demand affordable and powerful IMMO and diagnostic services.

What is worth noting is that IM508 has the same IMMO function as IM608 when working with XP400pro.

Autel IM608 Overview 

MaxiIM IM608 is the most advanced and the unique all in one key programming and diagnostic tool that combines advanced key programming, all systems diagnostics, and advanced services in one Android-based 10.1-inch touchscreen tablet.

* Equipped with XP400 key programmer and MaxiFlash ECU programmer to provide complete coverage of IMMO and programming functions.

* Together with the ability to quickly diagnose all modules of the majority of the makes and models on the market, IM608 provides you with all special functions.

* It is the unprecedented key programming and diagnostic tool that you ever wanted.

Also, the IM608 has the same function as IM608pro when working with XP400Pro

Autel IM508 vs MaxiIM IM608 Comparison Chart

                Autel  IM508
autel IM608
                   Autel  IM608


Smart Mode (Guide and Automated Key Learning)
Expert Mode (Advanced Key Learning)
Auto Detect Make/Model/Year/System
Read PIN/CS (ALL key Lost)
Key Generation
Key learning
Remote Learning
IMMO ECU Reset/Adaptation
IMMO ECU Refresh/Coding
Backup/Restore IMMO Data
BENZ 3rd Generation IMMO Add Key, All Key Lost, Key Learning
BMW FEM/BDC key learning and ECU Adaptation
BMW CAS4/3/2 key learning CAS4 available when connected to XP400
VW/Audi MQB(VDD & JCI) Add Key, IMMO V A4/A5/Q5 2015+ Key Learning
VW/Audi/Skoda/Seat IMMO III/IV/V Add Key, All Key Lost

Key Programming

Key Read/Write
EEPROM Read/Write
MCU Read/Write
ECU Read/Write Basic Advanced
MC9S12 Encryption Chip Read/Write when connected to XP400
IC Read/Write when connected to XP400
Mercedes Infrared Read/Write when connected to XP400
Remote Frequency Detect when connected to XP400
Support PC when connected to XP400

OE-Level Diagnostic

All System Diagnostic for over 80 Makes
Auto VIN/AutoScan
Read/Erase Codes
View, Record, Playback Live Data
View Freeze Frame Date
Shop and Data Manager Applications
MaxiFlash J2534 ECU Programmer(Bluetooth/USE Cable)

Advanced Service Functions

Complete (20+) Service Functions
Oil Reset Service
Parking Brake (EPB) Pad Relearn after Replacement
Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) Relearn
Battery (BMS) Register and Reset
Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Regeneration
TPMS Sensor ID Relearn
ECU Coding


Touchscreen 7-inch 10.1-inch
Resolution 1024x600 1920x1200
Processor Quad-core processor Hexa-core processor
Memory 32GB 64GB
Camera 8.0 Megapixel
Built-in Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 5000mAh 15000mAh
Internet Updatable Wi-Fi Wi-Fi
Multilingual Support
Some listed functions are manufactured dependent. Constantly update MaxiIM for current vehicle coverage. Update software regularly for most accurate

How do you choose?

Autel IM608 is more advanced in IMMO function, Programming or diagnosis, compared to the MaxiIM IM508. But when working with  XP400pro key programmer, Autel IM508 has the same IMMO functions and programming features with Autel IM608.

If you are looking for a basic key programming tool with diagnostic functions, then the IM508 key programmer is quite enough. However IM608 should be the first option if you need a complete key programming function with a more extensive vehicle coverage. 

If you need both key programming and also advanced diagnostics functions, then please do not hesitate to choose IM608 tools directly, it will be your best choice.

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