ROG Phone II, Realme X2, and Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite are now officially supported by TWRP
Last year was a great year for smartphones. ASUS caught our attention with the ROG Phone II, a smartphone made to cater towards gamers with its powerhouse specifications (Snapdragon 855 Plus, up to 12 GB of RAM, up to a whopping 1 TB of internal storage, a behemoth 6,000 mAh battery, and a buttery smooth 120Hz AMOLED display). Realme and Xiaomi, on the other hand, fiercely competed against each other in the mid-range segment with devices such as the Realme X2 and the Xiaomi Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite, each providing decent bang for your buck when it comes to performance and camera.
For those users interested in modding these devices, it is now possible to safely do so thanks to the introduction of official TWRP builds. With the custom recovery, you will be able to tweak and mod your device by installing Magisk for root and modules, custom kernels, or even flashing a generic system image (GSI) or device-specific custom ROM to replace the phone’s software.
Keep an eye out on our forums for these devices as we’ll hopefully see more and more dedicated custom ROMs pop up. Currently, though, there isn’t a lot of development going on for the ROG Phone II or Realme X2, but official TWRP support will pave the way for more development. In the case of the ROG Phone II, ASUS is even sending devices to select custom ROM and kernel developers, so it should be a matter of time before we start seeing more development arise. Xiaomi and Realme have also done the same initiative for some of their devices, although not for these particular devices yet. Fortunately, both the Realme X2 and the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite are incredibly popular, so there should be some uptick in custom development.
If you have any of these devices and you want to get your hands dirty with it, then be sure to check out the links down below to download TWRP. You’ll need to unlock the bootloader before flashing this, of course. Fortunately, doing so is officially possible for all 3 devices. If you have any questions or problems, then be sure to check out the relevant threads on XDA to know more.