Ever since it was minted a few months back, Realme has been on an absolute roll. The former Oppo subsidiary, which has launched four smartphones in India so far, is all set to launch the fifth next week. One of the major reasons for that popularity is Realme’s commitment towards keeping its smartphones updated with new features and updates. And if the latest news is any indication, things are definitely going to get better.
Realme has confirmed that it’ll allow the bootloader of the Realme 1 to be unlocked, and also release the kernel source of the smartphone. Bootloader unlock for Realme 2 Pro has been confirmed already. The development was announced recently via a tweet by the company’s CEO Madhav Sheth.
Straight from the meeting room: RM will unlock the bootloader and release the kernel source for RM1 as well in first quarter of 2019, RM2pro BL unlocking have been confirmed already.
— Madhav Sheth (@MadhavSheth1) November 21, 2018
With this move, it’s clear that Realme is positioning itself as a developer-friendly Android OEM. Unlocking the bootloaders will allow developers to come up custom ROMs, mods, and even camera ports for Realme 1 and Realme 2 Pro. Also, it’s quite possible that the company will allow bootloader unlocking for its other smartphones as well, including Realme 2, Realme C1, and the upcoming Realme U1.
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Speaking of new launches, Realme U1 is scheduled to be unveiled in India next week. The selfie-centric smartphone has been confirmed to come with MediaTek’s recently-launched Helio P70 SoC, and will most likely have a dual-lens camera system at the back as well. A recent report claimed that the chipset is a better performer than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636, which will power the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, which is set to launch in the country in a few hours.