The fresh new Essential Phone has a stunning bezel-less display apart from the stellar specs it holds in its guts. And people are just waiting to make use of that raw power to play with the software. But that isn’t possible if the bootloader is locked.
So a curious inquiry on Essential’s official Twitter account wanted to clear the doubts. In response, Essential said that the phone’s bootloader will be unlockable. That means you will be able to use all the custom ROMs that will be developed for it eventually. But that doesn’t mean that you will not void your warranty. Because it will. As a side note, bootloaders are responsible for booting the Android OS when the phone is turned on. Some bootloaders contain security to make sure no other OS is installed on the hardware.
Hey there Ruvort, the Essential Phone will have an unlockable bootloader.
— Essential (@essential) June 1, 2017
Android is all about customization. And it was a good move from Essential’s part to stay true to the essential spirit of Android. On the other side, the Essential Phone does run completely stock Android since it is developed by the Co-founder of Android Andy Rubin. So, you might want to give it a try before pulling the trigger.
The Essential Phone has a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1312 pixel QHD edge-to-edge display and the mighty Snapdragon 835 along with 4GB of RAM. It is available for pre-order at a price of $699 and will be in stock in stores soon.