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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro picks up Android 10, sort of

The Redmi Note 8 Pro, not to be confused with the Mi Note 10 Pro. (Image source: Gizmochina)
The Redmi Note 8 Pro, not to be confused with the Mi Note 10 Pro. (Image source: Gizmochina)
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has now started receiving Android 10-based builds of MIUI 11, having been spotted on Geekbench running Android 10 earlier this month. The 1.9 GB update contains the November 2019 set of security patches too, along with a few MIUI 11-related optimisations.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro impressed us during our recent review, and now it is set to start receiving Android 10, having been launched on Android 9.0 Pie a few months ago. A recent Geekbench listing had hinted that this was about to occur, and now Android 10 MIUI 11 builds for the device have gone live in China.

According to Piunikaweb, the changelog for the update is as follows:

  • System

    • Update Android Security Patch to November 2019
    • Android 10 OS

  • App lock

    • Optimize app lock verification page display
    • Fix status bar exception when quickly entering and closing app locks

  • Lock screen, status bar, notification bar

    • Fix the problem that fingerprint lock icon isn’t displayed when screen is unlocked and App lock interface is displayed

  • Other

    • Optimize screenshot animation
    • Fix long screenshot capture issue on some apps (doesn’t scroll)

The website also currently has a download link for the firmware, which weighs in at 1.9 GB. However, the 9.11.21 build is a beta version, so expect a few bugs that would not necessarily be present in stable builds. Moreover, all MIUI beta builds are now China exclusives, with Xiaomi having shuttered its Global Beta program earlier this year.

Owning a non-Chinese version of the Redmi Note 8 Pro does not preclude you from installing the build. However, doing so will likely factory reset your device and will leave you without any Google services installed. These could be sideloaded, though. Ultimately, we would probably only recommend installing the build if the Redmi Note 8 Pro is not your daily driver, or you are prepared to live with some instabilities until a stable Android 10 build appears.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-11-30 (Update: 2019-11-30)