Xiaomi promises improved software support globally starting with Xiaomi 13T and Xiaomi 13T Pro
Xiaomi has now confirmed that the Xiaomi 13T series will receive the same level of software support as the Redmi K60 Ultra, the Chinese equivalent of the forthcoming Xiaomi 13T Pro. To recap, the Redmi K60 Ultra is the first device Xiaomi released with the promise of delivering four Android OS upgrades and five year's worth of security patch updates. In comparison, software support for recent Pixel smartphones ends a year and an Android version earlier, although Fairphone has now set the pace with the Fairphone 5.
Thus, the Xiaomi 13T and Xiaomi 13T Pro should continue receiving regular security patch updates until September 2028, three years shy of the Fairphone 5. However, it is worth noting that four OS upgrades will likely leave the Xiaomi 13T series on Android 17, not Android 18. Although Xiaomi has not officially confirmed this yet, the company's past releases suggest that the Xiaomi 13T and Xiaomi 13T Pro will debut with Android 13 and not its successor.
By contrast, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will be good until Android 17, even if Google only maintains its current support schedule. With that being said, Google is rumoured to offer five OS updates starting with the Pixel 8 series, which would somewhat dent Xiaomi's ambitions. Also, it remains to be seen whether Xiaomi will back date this software commitment to recent flagships like the Xiaomi 13, Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 13 Ultra.