Posted on Nov 12 2013 - 12:09am by Ben Ling

The Xperia C is a mid-range smartphone from Sony. It was the first Sony smartphone that was powered by MediaTek chipset. The Xperia C packs a Quad-Core 1.2 GHz processor with MTK6589 chipset and runs Android version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. So if you would like to develop some custom ROMS or kernel for the Xperia C,unfortunately you can’t; want to know why. Check below the reason.

Just noticed after Xperia Blog reported that Xperia C has a locked bootloader and it can’t be unlocked and there’s no way to unlock it till now. Probably the MediaTek chipset has a different loader and the unlock architecture isn’t supported yet by Sony bootloader unlocking service.

So if you are looking an answer to the question, how to unlock bootloader on Xperia C, then it can’t be unlocked simply 🙁

Check the below pic of service info configuration which clearly says Bootloader Unlocked Allowed : NO.

Bootloader Unlocking not Allowed in Xperia C - MediaTek SoC Chip Not Supported Yet

If you want to check it yourself then dial *#*#7378423#*#* > Service Settings > Configuration > now see what is written under “Rooting Status Option” – Bootloader unlocked allowed: NO.

Bootloader Unlocking not Allowed in Xperia C - MediaTek SoC Chip Not supported

Xperia C is not even mentioned in the list of supported phones on Sony Bootloader Unlock website. ( Xperia Z1 also not mentioned but it can be unlocked ).

It’s certainly sad that Xperia C bootloader can’t be unlocked. As when in future if Sony released more MediaTek SoC chipset based phones then we can only expect Sony supporting the MediaTek SoC chipset architecture in unlocking bootloaders.

What’s your take on this Sony Xperia C users, feeling bad. Let us know in comments, did you notice this thing before or not…

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Ben,14 yrs. old student from Malaysia and an Sony Xperia Smartphone enthusiast, likes to develop for Xperia devices at XDA. Devices Owned Xperia Sola, Nexus 7. Donate him via PayPal, his id is - [email protected]

5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. kiran November 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Its really sad…
    Atleast xperia c users must get official 4.4 update dats d last hope… ;(

  2. Dinesh Jumani November 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    i think we can not get at least the official 4.4 update because sony recently announced the list of devices that will get android 4.3 and 4.4 update and xperia c was not there in the list even xperia c was not there in android 4.3 update also

  3. Maninder February 27, 2014 at 1:19 am - Reply

    But xda developers showed that Xperia c can be unlocked and possible to root.

  4. Maninder February 27, 2014 at 1:21 am - Reply

    And there is app where we can install the app in Xperia c, it will unlock the bootload.

  5. Epu March 20, 2015 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    can I updet my version on jelly bean to kitlat… .????

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