Previously, we had reported that the Essential Phone’s warranty will be void if you root it. Today we got to confirm from Essential’s official Twitter account, that the company will let you unlock your bootloader without having to fiddle around using unofficial methods, thought this will surely void your warranty.
As an unlocked device, the Essential Phone has a lot of hidden potential buried under the surface. Once the popular custom ROMs catch up to the device, you’ll be able to take advantage of that amazing 19:10 display along with the powerful Snapdragon 835 SoC. The device also features many state of the art features, save for water and dust resistance.
Hey there Ruvort, the Essential Phone will have an unlockable bootloader.
— Essential (@essential) June 1, 2017
The Essential Phone comes with a clean stock build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat and we expected nothing less, as the CEO of Essential, Andy Rubin, is none other than the creator of Android. If you’re getting the device for the complete user experience that Andy Rubin hopes to provide, then you may want to hold off unlocking and flashing a custom ROM.
You can reserve the smartphone at Essential’s website for $699 with the device slated to hit the shelves by the end of this month. The company also provides a 360 degree camera for $50 that clips to the back of the device. Various other modular accessories are also expected to come.