Realme X Kernel Source Released

Realme X

Realme X Kernel Source Released, Opening Door for Custom ROM Development

Realme X has overwhelmed the market by storm by forcefully estimating its smartphones in the market. At the same time, it is additionally taking on Xiaomi’s budget brand, Redmi, in multiple price segments. The Realme X is one such popular smartphone which was the first to offer a pop-up selfie camera as well as an in-display fingerprint scanner under Rs. 20,000. The smartphone also offered a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. Now, Realme has released the kernel sources for the Realme X online which should help developers make custom ROMs for the device.

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Realme has not just propelled the Realme X kernel source online but it has also put a step-by-step tutorial to unlock the bootloader on the phone. The company has updated its Bootloader Unlock Tool to unlock the bootloader on the Realme X. While the process is fairly easy, unlocking the bootloader does have its own consequences. Realme mentions that unlocking the bootloader will erase all the data on the smartphone, so we would recommend that you take a complete backup before you proceed. Unlocking the bootloader will also downgrade the Widevine certification level from L1 to L3 which means that if you unlock the bootloader, you won’t be able to enjoy HD content on some video streaming apps. Realme also mentions that unlocking the bootloader could break the OTA software functionality, so users won’t be able to update their Realme X devices to the latest version of ColorOS.

Realme X

Since the kernel source is also released, developers will be able to make custom ROMs and custom kernels for the Realme X. This could also lead to the device having an active developer community which users can benefit from. Thankfully, unlocking the bootloader on the Realme X and flashing a custom ROM on it will not void the device warranty.

Bootloader unlocking should soon be possible on the Realme 5 and the Realme 5 Pro soon, as Realme CEO Madhav Sheth had declared it along with offline availability for the two devices.

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Key Specs

  • Display 53-inch (1080×2340)
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • Front Camera 16MP
  • Rear Camera 48MP + 5MP
  • RAM 8GB
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery Capacity 3765mAh
  • OSAndroid 9 Pie


  • Good build quality, premium design
  • Vivid OLED display
  • Overall performance is good
  • Capable cameras


  • A bit too large for some hands

Realme X Full Specifications

Release date15th July 2019
Form factorTouchscreen
Body typeGlass
Dimensions (mm)161.20 x 76.00 x 9.40
Weight (g)191.00
Battery capacity (mAh)3765
Fast chargingVOOC
ColoursPolar White, Space Blue


Screen size (inches)6.53
Resolution1080×2340 pixels
Protection typeGorilla Glass
Aspect ratio19.5:9
Pixels per inch (PPI)394


Processor2.2GHz octa-core (2×2.2GHz + 6×1.7GHz)
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Internal storage128GB
Expandable storageNo


Rear camera48-megapixel (f/1.7) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear flashLED
Front camera16-megapixel (f/2.0)


Operating systemAndroid 9 Pie
SkinColorOS 6.0


Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYes
Number of SIMs2
Active 4G on both SIM cardsYes
SIM TypeNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4GYes
SIM TypeNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4GYes


Fingerprint sensorYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Proximity sensorYes
Ambient light sensorYes


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