The Nokia X7 is probably the best smartphone we could ever ask from HMD this year. But long after it premieres in China, it is still off the reach of the global audience. Interestingly, rumor has it that it will launch globally as Nokia 8.1, transitioning the flagship 8 lineup to the upper mid-tier.
Still, the Nokia X7 somehow got all the bells and whistles of a “budget flagship” smartphone. Great design, exceptional build quality (thanks to Foxconn which has been doing the work for Nokia for decades), faster Qualcomm SoC, PixelWork p3 display with support for HDR10, high-end Sony camera sensors coupled with Zeiss optics, and of course, Google’s Stock Android. It is definitely hard to look for any flaws on this handset. While meticulous quality check makes sure that the product is as it is when received by customers, some faults with future software updates could totally ruin everything. And that’s what happened to the Nokia X7 in China.
According to sources, the November security update on the Nokia X7 bricks the handsets. Rather than rebooting toAndroid OS to finish the installation of the update, the handset instead goes EDL (Emergency Download) mode. During EDL, the handset will identify itself as Qualcomm HS-USB 9008 through USB and can communicate with the PC. All handsets that have downloaded and attempted to install the November security patch were affected.
Nokia Mobile already issued a statement apologizing to customers. The company urges affected users to get a replacement phone or a total refund of money. The company also released a tool to manually fix the problem using their Windows PC. However, the recovery tool doesn’t support flashing the whole ROM, instead, it fixes the bootloader issue that causes the bricking. The good news though is the fact that the tool allows the user to recover all their data.