Unlocking Bootloader On OnePlus 7 Pro Results In Loss Of Widevine L1
After the sensational success of the OnePlus 6T from 2018, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus launched its latest flagship smartphone in the form of OnePlus 7 Pro. In comparison to its predecessor, the newly launched device has received significant updates some of which include a 6.67 inch AMOLED display with 90 Hz refresh rate and a pop up selfie camera. Accrediting to the said features, the OnePlus 7 Pro has been warmly welcomed by the consumers across the globe. However, within the two short weeks of its announcement, the device has been hit with a couple of stumbling blocks.
Freshly, a member on XDA developers discovered that unlocking the bootloader on the OnePlus 7 Pro will result in loss of Widevine L1 certification. The certification is essential for streaming HD content from applications like Netflix. Therefore, if a OnePlus 7 Pro user unlocks the bootloader on their handset, the device will be limited to streaming online content in 480p resolution.
What Is Bootloader & Why Do You Want To Unlock It?
Bootloader is a piece of code that runs before any operating system is loaded into the system of a computer or smartphone. Each OS has a set of specific bootloader, therefore, in an effort to add custom ROM on a handset, the bootloader needs to be unlocked. OEMs generally tend to ship smartphones with locked bootloaders which ensures tight security. As with unlocked bootloader, users can unknowingly install malicious programs on their device resulting in compromise of software.
The previously mentioned stumbling blocks that the OnePlus 7 Pro has been previously subjected to are as follows:
- Customers experiencing a high pitched noise from the earpiece while receiving phone calls. Though the issue seems to be curbed by turning off the Wi Fi while making calls.
- A reddit user highlighted that the OnePlus 7 Pro’s telephoto lens does not support lossless 3x optical. In fact, the sensor can only offer 2.2x optical zoom while rest of the task is achieved via software.
Nevertheless, the OnePlus 7 Pro is an excellent smartphone Also issues like the high pitched noise from its earpiece are likely to be patched via OTA software updates.