The Redmi Note 5 Pro can now be updated to Android 8.1, Treble support in tow
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The Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched on February 14 in India. The device was released on Android Nougat—something we had issues with—but did make up for that shortcoming by offering an excellent package at a highly competitive price point. Software will no longer be an issue anymore with the device, thankfully, as an Android 8.1 build has been released for it, Treble support inclusive.
The Android 8.1 build doesn't come out of thin air, of course. While the device launched as the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India, it was released last week as the Redmi Note 5 in China. Both devices are mostly the same but with minor changes to the camera configuration and VOLTE support. Most important, however, is the fact that the Chinese Redmi Note 5 was released with Android Oreo. That brings Treble support to the table and makes the device the first Xiaomi smartphone to officially have that feature.
The build comes in the form of a MIUI 9.5 Chinese stable ROM and can be flashed on the Indian Redmi Note 5 Pro via TWRP.