Usually, unlocking your bootloader opens the door to many other modifications to be made, like custom ROMs and fancy recoveries. Sure, you’ll often lose the ability to get over the air updates, but the side effects are usually non-existent. But this is not the case with the current generation of Sony devices.


According to Sony itself, a lot of things are disabled once the Xperia Z3 Compact’s bootloader is unlocked due to removal of DRM security keys. This disables the noise reduction algorithm for the camera, significantly worsening low-light performance. And according to others, things like the Bravia engine and possibly even Sony Entertainment Media apps are also disabled. This also may apply to devices other than the Z3 Compact.

Certain pre-loaded content on your device may also be inaccessible due to the removal of DRM security keys. For high-end devices running recent software versions, for instance Xperia Z3, the removal of DRM security keys may affect advanced camera functionality.

For example, noise reduction algorithms might be removed, and performance when taking photos in low-light conditions might be affected. The secure user data partition may also become inaccessible, and you will not be able to get any more official software upgrades if you unlock the boot loader.Sony

This brings up a significant issue with having the freedom of modifying your smartphone. Despite Sony releasing official bootloader unlock tools, it hurts the community when the device is worsened in the process. Maybe someone will figure out a way to get around it, but until then, keep it in mind before unlocking your device. What do you think of this situation? Leave a comment!