Now that the Essential Phone is out in flesh and blood (metaphorically speaking), all the techies out there can’t wait to get their hands on it, and even root it. If you are among one of those, please know that Essential will not support hacking into system partition of your Essential Phone, and would void the warranty if detects it’s been tampered.
In fact, even if you bought the $99 priced extended warranty, of which time period and other details aren’t provided yet, your warranty would still be void if you root the Essential Phone.
This is understandable on Essential’s part as the company is looking forward to attract the general public with the Essential Phone and not just techies. A lot of OEMs do this to safeguard the OEM’s own software experience. Essential has tightly integrated the software and hardware together and intend to fully deliver on that experience.
The Essential Phone has an arguably decent price of $699 which is great for an unlocked smartphone with 128GB of storage. This gives it an edge over other competitors as you’re getting a lot more than you would get from another OEM.
While we have no information of Essential Phone root and/or TWRP recovery or any other such hackery stuff, beginning with unlocking the bootloader of the device, we do think that the develop community will gain root access on the device sooner or later. But it looks gone are days when you could root your device and still enjoy warranty — maybe, only OnePlus would let you have that fun, which is also why we totally root for the big O.