Alongside the flagshipand smartphones, OnePlus also unveiled a more affordable variant of the lineup called the . The India-only device comes with some spec changes to meet a lower price point, while still maintaining important bits to qualify for the 9-series badge. If you’re planning to buy the phone solely for aftermarket development, then you will be happy to know that the company has already released the kernel source code for the Linux kernel binaries that ship with the device’s software.
The OnePlus 9R packs Qualcomm’s newchip, which is a minor upgrade over last year’s flagship SoC — the Snapdragon 865. Other than the faster prime core, the only fundamental difference between the two SoCs is the supported Bluetooth version. That’s why OnePlus has released the kernel source code for the OnePlus 9R in the same branch as the , which itself resides within the .
- The OnePlus 9R is a rehashed OnePlus 8T with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 chip and a redesigned camera island. It’s the most affordable phone in the OnePlus 9 lineup and it has the potential to be the most popular out of the lot.
Xiaomi has also refreshed its Github repository by publishing the kernel sources for several newly released devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. Among them, thedebuted last month in China with 12 based on Android 11 on board. The exact same phone was launched globally just a few days ago under the moniker. The Mi 10S is another Snapdragon 870-powered device recently launched in China that has yet to see a global release.
Lastly, we have a major subset of the Mi 10 family, for which the Chinese OEM has published a new set of kernel sources targeting Android 11. Notably, all these devices are powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC. There is absolutely no need to deal with, as you can just refer to the following table to get a clear look at the releases.
A kernel source release with a proper commit history is immensely helpful for the aftermarket development scene. The modding community can fiddle with the code and improve the overall performance of the device by patching the stock kernel. Moreover, such releases also help developers to buildand port popular custom ROMs (e.g. ) for the device which, in turn, benefit users who aren’t satisfied with the stock ROM.