Realme releases kernel source for realme X


Realme has gained popularity since its inception because of VFM offerings in the mid-range smartphone segment. In July, it launched the Realme X, it’s most premium offering to date. It packs a 6.53-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display from Samsung with a sixth-generation in-display fingerprint scanner and 91.2% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform with up to 8GB of RAM.

Now, the company has released kernel sources for the Realme X, so there are good chances that we see custom ROMs for the smartphone in coming months. The company has also updated its Bootloader unlock tool, and Realme X users can now unlock the bootloader of their devices but unlocking bootloader will downgrade the Widevine certification level to L3 from L1 and users will no longer be able to enjoy HD content on apps like Hotstar, Amazon Prime Videos, and Netflix.

Unlocking the bootloader will erase all the data on the device and might affect OTA updates, users will also not get official OTA updates as bootloader unlocking makes the secure data partition inaccessible. The company also says that bootloader unlocking and flashing a custom ROM will not affect the warranty of the device. Bootloader unlocking for realme 5 and realme 5 pro is also expected to be available soon, as company CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed the same recently. Even though the source code is not useful for normal users, it would be helpful for Android developers and tinkerers who would like to create custom software builds. You can download the kernel source from the GitHub source link below.

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Author: Arpit Porwal

Coming from the Mathematics research background, Arpit keeps an eye on MIUI and Xiaomi products and uses POCO X2 as his daily driver. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.