Realme 2 Pro gets support of unofficial LineageOS 15.1 based on Android 8.1

Chinese smartphone makers like to follow a weird but effective management policy – they often split from the original company to spawn an independent subsidiary/brand. Under the hood, the newly born entity still uses all the resources offered by the parent company.

At the beginning of 2019, Xiaomi and Redmi got separated. The ‘separation’ was kind of superficial, as the official press release clearly mentioned that the management wanted to “accelerate Xiaomi’s global expansion progress” by portraying Redmi as a separate brand.

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Besides Xiaomi, OPPO is another such company with numerous offshoots. The relation between OnePlus and OPPO is long known to the community. BBK Electronics is the holding company behind OPPO, as well as Vivo.

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OPPO R17 – the phone OnePlus 6T was modeled after

Realme, the budget focused smartphone brand, was also originated from OPPO. Sky Li, former Global VP at OPPO, started the company with the following vision:

I hope that it is a product with stylish style and powerful performance for young people around the world, a brand setting it apart from others with sincere beauty and simplicity, and a respectable enterprise that makes employees happy and benefits the industry.

Immensely competitive performance/pricing ratio, attractive build quality and viral marketing quickly brought the new brand to the limelight. Madhav Sheth, the CEO of Realme India, is a huge crowd puller who prefers to interact with the fans and users over social media.

Since its inception, the company is trying to give a hard fight to rival brands – especially Xiaomi and Asus. They have also brought the vibe of developer friendliness by sharing kernel source codes and allowing bootloader unlock.

Realme 2 Pro was the first model in their product portfolio to get the green light for bootloader unlocking. The phone was released in October 2018 with some impressive specifications under a pocket friendly price tag:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • RAM: 4/6/8 GB
  • Internal storage: 64 GB (for 4/6 GB RAM) / 128 GB (for 8 GB RAM)
  • Expandable storage: Up to 256 GB
  • Screen: 6.3 inches IPS LCD
  • Camera: Dual (16+2 MP) rear camera, single (16 MP) front camera
  • Battery: 3500 mAh
  • Rear mounted fingerprint scanner
  • ‘Dewdrop’ notch

Merely weeks after the arrival of the official bootloader unlocking infrastructure, independent Android developer Samar Vispute aka SamarV-121 released official TWRP for the phone. The presence of TWRP kickstarted the journey of the after market development and modding.

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Realme 2 Pro

The phone was originally launched with ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It is scheduled to get Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top by June 2019.

Meanwhile, the CEO announced official Camera2 API support for RM2 Pro via OTA update before July 2019.

On the other hand, Samar is working hard to bring proper LineageOS support on Realme 2 Pro (codename: rmx1801). After publishing an alpha build at the beginning of March, he has released the second build of unofficial LineageOS (aka LOS) for this device two days ago.

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Most of the fundamental components like telephony, camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS etc. are reportedly working without any hiccup. However, VoLTE calling needs to be fixed.

The build is based on LineageOS 15.1, aka Android 8.1 Oreo. Pie based Lineage 16.0 is already here, but I guess the developer is waiting for Realme to provide official Pie update so that updated blobs can be used.

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Snap Camera on the latest LineageOS build for Realme 2 Pro (Image source: XDA)

However, Samar has not shared the kernel and device trees, which is considered as a malpractice in community development.

Official installation instructions are as follows:

1) Boot into the latest TWRP recovery

2) Wipe cache, system and data

3) Install the ROM & GApps packages (optional)

4) Note: Only do this step if you are facing apps fc and random reboots – Extract vendor.img from vendor.zip, flash it as vendor from twrp

5) Reboot your device once the installation is done

According to the developer, the Camera2 API was not enabled by default on the older build. The issue has been fixed in the latest build (20190401). The full changelog is as follows:

Fixed Fingerprint sensor ( Thanks to @wuxianlin )

Fixed max brightness

Fixed camera interface takes a long time to load.

Fixed Incall audio

Fixed LTE signal dropping issues

Added Snap camera (enabled camera2api by default in snap)

Many minor improvements !

Interested users can communicate with the developer via the official Telegram group or the community supported XDA thread.

Are you looking forward to install a custom ROM like LineageOS in your phone? Comment below.

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.