Asus ZenFone 2 bootloader gets unlocked

Asus ZenFone 2 bootloader gets unlocked
Looking to customize your Asus ZenFone 2? The phone's bootloader has been unlocked unofficially by a member over at XDA developers forum. With the unlocked bootloader, users can install custom ROMs or root their phone. While that might provide you with a fun experience, there are a number of caveats. One problem is that the action of unlocking the bootloader will void your warranty.

Another potential problem deals with the level of your knowledge. If you've never installed a custom ROM on your phone, a slight screw up could brick your handset and without warranty coverage, you're SOL.  Another thing to consider is that once you install a ROM or root your phone, you no longer will receive OTA updates until you re-install Android.

If you feel the need to unlock your Asus ZoneFone 2, you can follow the instructions at the sourcelink. Again, if you don't know what you're doing, it might be best to leave your ZenFone 2 alone unless you're looking for a $300 paperweight.

source: XDA via AndroidCentral

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ZenFone 2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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11 Comments

1. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Asus has one of the nicest looking skins IMO, I wouldn't want a custom rom ruining that (yes I know there are themestores)

2. waddup121 unregistered

Based XDA WOOO

3. Furbal unregistered

Good, maybe they can fix the battery life inconsistencies now.

5. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

the zen ui is very efficient apparently on battery. The intel cpu is what kills the battery, but this has a 3000mha battery, so it is average

11. Furbal unregistered

Standby time on mine was atrocious. It barely made it through a day with very little usage.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nicely done. This phone deserves custom ROM development. At either the $200 or $300 level, you get one hell of a device for your money.

6. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Well this device doesn't out perform 1+1 . so that device still remain the best device for custom ROM development for the given price.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Indeed. OPO has a better screen, better construction, plus I much prefer the arrangement of the capacitive buttons. The only advantage I see for the ZF2 is the 64+64gb storage. The $200 ZF2 makes for a hell of a budget phone though.

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1039; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I still don't get it. Why should they lock the bootloader I'm the first place? Apart from price, this is the other reason why I hate Xperias

8. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Camera and fragile body is the reason why I hate xperias.

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Sony locks their bootloaders to protect their proprietary software for their screen, audio, and camera technology. Unlocking the bootloader deletes the DRM keys, and you know how Sony is about DRM. I'm not fond of the practice, but I understand it.

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