Xiaomi, Android and MIUI: here are the update policies

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In the age-old problem of software fragmentation, many users are wondering what Xiaomi ‘s update policies are. Contrary to Apple and iOS, where the update is unique, Xiaomi (like almost all competing manufacturers) has to do with both the Android update and the MIUI update . And given the amount of models marketed over the years, it’s difficult to understand what the trend is. Also because Xiaomi has not published a policy about it and, given that misleading images are circulating on the net, we have decided to draw up an unofficial list.

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Let’s see what Xiaomi’s update policies are, both for Android and MIUI

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First of all, why does Xiaomi not publish an update policy page? Trying to hypothesize, we must consider that we are talking about a prolific company, to say the least, dealing with different audiences and markets. This means having to multiply the efforts in the production of firmware too, since China has one, Europe another and then there are the Global, Indian ROMs and so on. Furthermore, it happens that some families of devices are interrupted, others are born that are then interrupted shortly after and therefore it is difficult to draw up a constant chronology.

And since there is no dedicated page, we have decided to create a sort of vademecum on the subject. In order to create order, we have divided the list by model families, within which to group the various devices seen in the last 5 years. For the moment we exclude from the list the models released in 2020: having few updates on their shoulders, they are not useful for drawing up an average of updates. If they fall within the list of models that will have Android 11 , you will find the indication “/ 11” to mark them. For MIUI 13 there is still no roadmap: as soon as it comes out, we will add it.

Mi series

The Mi series represents the non plus ultra, that is the high-end containing the main top of the range of each vintage. For these models, Xiaomi’s update policies include 2 major updates of Android and 3 major updates of MIUI .

  • 2019 – Mi 9/9 Pro (Android 9–> 10/11, MIUI 10–> 12)
  • 2018 – Mi 8 (Android 8–> 10, MIUI 9–> 12)
  • 2017 – Mi 6 (Android 7–> 9, MIUI 8–> 11)
  • 2016 – Mi 5 (Android 6–> 8, MIUI 7–> 10)
  • 2015 – Mi 4 (Android 4–> 6, MIUI 7–> 10)

Mi Spin-off Series

Within the main category we find other models, always branded “Mi” but belonging to the medium and medium / high ranges. Also in this case, with a few exceptions over the years, Xiaomi’s update policies include 2 major Android updates and 3 major MIUI updates .

  • 2019 – Mi 9 SE (Android 9–> 10/11, MIUI 10–> 12), Mi 9 Lite (Android 9–> 10/11, MIUI 10–> 12), Mi 9T / 9T Pro (Android 9–> 10/11, MIUI 10–> 12)
  • 2018 – Mi 8 SE (Android 8–> 10, MIUI 9–> 12), Mi 8 Lite (Android 8–> 10, MIUI 9–> 12)
  • 2016 – Mi 5S / 5S Plus (Android 6–> 7, MIUI 8–> 11), Mi 4S (Android 5–> 7, MIUI 7–> 10)
  • 2015 – Mi 4i (Android 5, MIUI 6–> 9), Mi 4C (Android 5–> 7, MIUI 7–> 10)

Mi MIX series

Remaining in the top of the range, we are particularly fond of the Mi MIX family, given the iconicity of the first historical Xiaomi model. Apart from the unfortunate latest 5G model, with the previous ones we have seen 2 major updates of Android and 3 major updates of MIUI . However, two considerations: we do not know if Mi MIX 3 will be updated to Android 11 (although it is likely) and to date we do not know if there will ever be a Mi MIX 4.

  • 2019 – Mi MIX 3 5G (Android 9, MIUI 10–> 12)
  • 2018 – Mi MIX 3 (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 12), Mi MIX 2S (Android 8–> 10, MIUI 9–> 12)
  • 2017 – Mi MIX 2 (Android 7–> 9, MIUI 9–> 12)
  • 2016 – Mi MIX (Android 6–> 8, MIUI 8–> 11)

Mi Note Series

Another family that has seen changes over the years is the Mi Note family. Xiaomi initially set it in the high-end, only to then launch a medium / high-end Mi Note 3 and, after a one-year break, launch a sequel which is actually a rebrand of the Mi CC9 series in China. With the exception of Mi Note 3, also in this case Xiaomi’s update policies include 2 major updates of Android and 3 major updates of MIUI .

  • 2019 – Mi Note 10 (Android 9–> 10/11, MIUI 11–> 12)
  • 2017 – Mi Note 3 (Android 7–> 8, MIUI 9–> 12)
  • 2016 – Mi Note 2 (Android 6–> 8, MIUI 8–> 11)
  • 2015 – Mi Note (Android 4–> 6, MIUI 6–> 9)

Mi Max series

We conclude the Xiaomi series with the Mi Max one, now abandoned to the sad fate of the disappearance of the demarcation between smartphone and phablet. Furthermore, it is difficult to draw up a Xiaomi update policy for Android , as you can see from the inconsistent history below. The only certainty are the 3 major updates of MIUI .

  • 2018 – Mi Max 3 (Android 8–> 10, MIUI 9–> 12)
  • 2017 – Mi Max 2 (Android 7, MIUI 8–> 11)
  • 2016 – Mi Max (Android 6–> 7, MIUI 7–> 10)

Redmi K series

Since Redmi has “detached” from Xiaomi, even the sub-brand has decided to create its high-end. Having been born recently, it is difficult to draw up a reliable update policy. We can assume that, being flagships, Xiaomi’s update policies include 2 major updates of Android and 3 major updates of MIUI .

  • 2019 – K20 / K20 Pro (Android 9–> 10/11, MIUI 10–> 12)

Redmi Note Series

Definitely more interesting is the Redmi Note series, much longer than the K one and above all among the best-selling in the world . In recent years we have witnessed the launch of an increasingly inordinate number of models: if before each chapter had 1 or 2 models, now it is not surprising that there are 3 or 4. As these are mid-range, unfortunately, the policies of updating Xiaomi are restricted to 1 major Android update and 2/3 major MIUI update .

  • 2019 – Note 8 (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 12), Note 8T (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 12), Note 8 Pro (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 12) , Note 7 / 7S (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 12), Note 7 Pro (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 12)
  • 2018 – Note 6 Pro (Android 8–> 9, MIUI 9–> 11), Note 5 (Android 8–> 9, MIUI 9–> 11), Note 5 Pro (Android 8–> 9, MIUI 9–> 11 )
  • 2017 – Note 4 SND / 4X (Android 6–> 7, MIUI 8–> 11), Note 5A (Android 7, MIUI 8–> 11)
  • 2016 – Note 4 MTK (Android 6–> 7, MIUI 8–> 10), Note 3 Pro (Android 5–> 6, MIUI 7–> 10)
  • 2015 – Note 2 (Android 5–> 6, MIUI 7–> 9), Note 3 (Android 5–> 6, MIUI 7–> 10)

Redmi series

Finally, the Redmi series, that is, it represents the entry-level range by the Xiaomi sub-brand. Although also very sold, they do not have amazing update policies: 1 major update of Android and 1/2 major update of MIUI

  • 2019 – 8 (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 11), 8A (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 11), 7 (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 11), 7A (Android 9–> 10, MIUI 10–> 11), Y3 (Android 9, MIUI 10–> 11)
  • 2018 – 6 (Android 8–> 9, MIUI 9 / 10–> 11), 6 Pro (Android 8–> 9, MIUI 10–> 12), 6A (Android 8–> 9, MIUI 10–> 11), Y2 (Android 8–> 9, MIUI 10–> 11), S2 (Android 8–> 9, MIUI 9–> 12)
  • 2017 – 5 (Android 7–> 8, MIUI 9–> 11), 5 Plus (Android 7–> 8, MIUI 9–> 11), 5A (Android 7–> 8, MIUI 8 / 9–> 11), 4X (Android 6–> 7, MIUI 9–> 11)
  • 2016 – Pro (Android 6, MIUI 8–> MIUI 10), 4 (Android 6–> 7, MIUI 8–> 10), 4 Pro (Android 6–> 7, MIUI 8–> 10), 4A (Android 6 -> 7, MIUI 8–> 10), 3/3 Pro (Android 5, MIUI 7–> 9), 3S / 3S Plus / 3X (Android 5–> 6, MIUI 7–> 10)
  • 2015 – 2 (Android 4–> 5, MIUI 6–> 9)