Sony Xperia 5 II and Motorola Razr 5G kernel sources are now available
We always cover the latest and greatest from manufacturers such as Samsung, Xiaomi, and OnePlus, but there are still several Android phone manufacturers that are doing exciting things, yet they don’t get as much of a spotlight from news outlets. Take, for example, the Sony Xperia 5 II and the Motorola Razr 5G. The Sony Xperia 5 II was just announced a month back and features Sony’s ultra-tall 21:9 form factor with the latest Snapdragon 865 processor, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card slot. Then there’s the Motorola Razr 5G, a follow-up to last year’s Motorola Razr, a nostalgia-filled foldable smartphone serving as a reboot to a long-abandoned Motorola brand.
There was a lot to be excited about the Razr smartphone last year (except maybe the price), and it was an unapologetically nostalgic reboot to Motorola’s old Razr flip phones. The new version improves upon some of the original’s flaws while updating the internals with a Snapdragon 765G processor (which also enables the 5G connectivity that gives it it’s branding) as well as an improved external display. It serves as a better package overall, even if the price-to-performance ratio isn’t as good as other alternatives, such as the Galaxy Z Flip 5G.
Both devices come with rather hefty price tags, and if you get one, you might be interested in them being supported for more than 2 years. Motorola has an especially rocky history with software updates and long-term support, while Sony is rather slow at updating its products (though they eventually do roll out updates). The good thing, though, is that phones from these two brands are historically developer-friendly.
Kernel sources are now available for both devices, and given both companies’ track history in this regard, you’ll almost certainly be able to unlock their bootloader and mod them. So if you’re a developer and you’re interested in building a custom recovery or an AOSP-based ROM, then check out the kernel sources now.
Motorola Razr 5G:
Sony Xperia 5 II: