Xiaomi Redmi 7: A mid-range smartphone stuck on Android 9.0 Pie and outdated security patches
The Xiaomi Redmi 7 is yet to receive an Android OS upgrade, despite being released almost fifteen months ago. Not to be confused with the Redmi Note 7, the Redmi 7 was upgraded to MIUI 11 eight months ago. However, Xiaomi kept the Redmi 7 on Android 9.0 Pie, the base OS on which Xiaomi launched the device in March 2019.
Xiaomi typically updates its handsets every one to two months, but the Redmi 7 appears to be an exception. Xiaomi last updated the global and EEA models in March, for example, while it has not issued an update for the Chinese and Indian versions since April and May respectively. The company has now pushed a new update to the Russia Stable branch of MIUI, but it is yet another Android 9.0 Pie-based build of MIUI 11. The update, which is a 429 MB over-the-air (OTA) download and carries the build number V188.8.131.52.PFLRUXM, includes the following changelog:
- Updated Android Security Patch to May 2020. Increased system security.
At this stage, it seems that Xiaomi has all but forgotten about the Redmi 7, with all models running on a series of outdated security patches. The Redmi 7 sits within Round 2 of Xiaomi's release schedule for MIUI 12. While Xiaomi has almost completed its first phase of rollouts, there are no guarantees that the first MIUI 12 update will bring Android 10 to the Redmi 7, either.