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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite starts the new year with an underwhelming MIUI 11 update

The Mi 8 Lite scored 85% in our tests last year. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Mi 8 Lite scored 85% in our tests last year. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Mi 8 Lite was one of the first devices that Xiaomi updated to MIUI 11 last year, with it being in the first phase of its release schedule. While most devices in Phase 1 have since received Android 10, the Mi 8 Lite remained on the older base of Android 9.0 Pie. A recently released Android 10 beta build hinted at that changing, but a new stable build may leave people feeling underwhelmed.

The Mi 8 Lite impressed us during our time with the device last year. Originally released running Android 8.1 Oreo builds of MIUI 10, we praised its good system performance and stellar cameras, among other features. Since then, Xiaomi has brought the device onto Android 9.0 Pie courtesy of an MIUI 10 update and then made it one of the first to receive MIUI 11, the company's latest custom version of Android. As we have covered previously, Xiaomi continues to base MIUI on varying versions of Android, so the Mi 8 Lite stayed on Android 9.0 Pie despite moving onto MIUI 11 last year.

While this was initially the case for other handsets too, Xiaomi has now started upgrading the likes of the Mi Mix 3, Mi 8 and Redmi K20 to Android 10 builds of MIUI 11. The Mi 8 Lite recently received a beta update to the latest base of Android too, which led some people to speculate about the arrival of a stable build for the mid-range handset.

Sadly, the latest Global Stable update does not bring Android 10 to the Mi 8 Lite. Instead, its main change is updating the device's security patch level to December 2019. The changelog for V11.0.8.0.PDTMIXM is as follows:

System

  • Updated Android Security Patch to December 2019.
  • Increased system security

Security

  • Optimization: Localized payment security icon for India.

The 448 MB update will arrive as an over-the-air (OTA) update if it has not done so already. If you would like to try Android 10 on your device, then you could flash the latest China Beta build, currently V20.1.9. The Xiaomi.EU version of the Android 10-based build can be downloaded from here, but you must flash it with an unlocked bootloader and using TWRP.

(Image source: Mi.com)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-01-15 (Update: 2020-01-15)
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