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ASUS ROG Phone 5 bootloader unlock tool & kernel source code out, device gets first OTA update too


ASUS launched the ROG Phone 5 gaming smartphone series a few days ago. Some of the devices in the series are yet to go on sale but the company has already started rolling out an OTA update. Besides, ASUS has also released the bootloader unlock tool and kernel source code for the 2021 gaming flagship.

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The Taiwanese giant has already opened a support page for the ASUS ROG Phone 5 where it has uploaded the Unlock device app and source code of the device. Last year, the company did the same for the ROG Phone 3. Anyway, it’s worth noting that unlocking the bootloader voids the warranty.

Also, you won’t get official OTA updates from the company as before. That said, since the kernel source is out, we can expect popular custom ROMs to appear for the device in the coming months. Not just this, ASUS has also rolled out the first OTA update for the ROG Phone 5.

The base model will go on sale in countries like India only from April 15, and the ‘ROG Phone 5 Pro‘ and ‘Ultimate‘ versions of the devices will subsequently be available from April and May 2021 respectively. With this speed, we expect ASUS to bring fine-tune the device multiple times before it reaches the customer.

Either way, the rollout is staggered and it should reach the devices that are out there(review units) in a few days. This update brings

features like new motion control gestures, Esports Mode, and various optimizations. You can look at the changelog below:
  • Enhanced the advanced settings of system modes in Armoury Crate
  • Added animation editor for ROG Vision in Armoury Crate. Now supports share and import functions.
  • Added brand new motion control gestures in AirTrigger 5
  • Added Esports Mode: A competitive mode tailored for esports competitions in the power button menu screen during gameplay
  • Added ROG Akira Character theme pack
  • Added multiple theme packs in cooperated with popular game publishers
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  • Added “Upcoming alarm notification” setting in Clock – Sent out 2 hours before the scheduled alarm.
  • Optimized Camera user experience
  • Optimized system stability
  • Optimized ROG Vision
  • Optimized charging stability

If you are looking to buy the ASUS ROG Phone 5, you can check out and get it via our GIZTOP for as low as $749. However, if you are confused between the models and can’t decide on your own, you can read our coverage on comparison between the models.



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