Realme X bootloader unlocking and kernel source code are now available
The Realme X was launched in China in the middle of May 2019, and came to India two months later. This device, complete with its no-notch 6.53″ FHD+ AMOLED, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, plentiful RAM and storage options, a pop-up selfie camera, a 48MP rear camera and a premium build and design, gave tough competition to Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 smartphone, offering a similar high-value-for-money factor despite differences in specifications. Tushar walked away very impressed with the practical choices Realme has made on the Realme X in his review, praising the phone for its premium design, decent performance and capable cameras. Now, Realme is offering more choices to users in the software department as the company has opened up bootloader unlocking on the device, and also released its kernel sources.
Unlocking the bootloader on the Realme X wipes your phone completely, which is standard behavior when one unlocks devices. Another side effect of unlocking the bootloader is that Widevine L1 certification will be replaced with Widevine L3. The application process also takes about 1 hour to be accepted and requires installing an additional “In-Depth Test” app on your phone for the same, so keep that in mind. Realme has detailed the complete steps involved in the bootloader unlocking process in a thread in their forums.
Further, the company has also posted the kernel sources for the device. Now, developers can work on third-party kernels and recoveries with much more ease. This should really help kickstart development on the device and make it much more attractive to developers, and in turn, to users. We hope to see the development forums populated with much more activity in the near future, with perhaps better alternatives for users who want to migrate away from Realme/Oppo’s ColorOS skin.