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Xiaomi's unofficial update policy gives short shrift to the Redmi, Redmi Note, and POCO C series

The Redmi 9 is a cheap and cheerful smartphone that seems to have very limited official OEM support. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
The Redmi 9 is a cheap and cheerful smartphone that seems to have very limited official OEM support. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)
A reported update policy operated by Xiaomi in regard to MIUI and Android upgrades has shown the smartphone series favored by the Chinese OEM and which are more likely to be neglected. The unofficial list reveals that owners of Redmi (not Redmi K), Redmi Note, POCO M, and POCO C smartphones will receive the least upgrades.

According to a report posted on Telegram in the Xiaomi & MIUI News channel, the unofficial Xiaomi update policy for Android and MIUI upgrades shows that some devices will receive a total of six major software updates while others will only get three. In the case of the Xiaomi Mi A series, these smartphones will apparently only receive two upgrades, but as they are currently part of the Android One program this means two major OS updates that come straight from Google itself.

As for smartphones directly serviced by Xiaomi, it appears that all Xiaomi-branded devices can expect four MIUI upgrades and two Android upgrades. So that’s all the Mi series, Mi Mix, Mi Max, Mi Note, and Mi T (9T, 10T, etc.) phones. Premium devices from both the Redmi and POCO ranges also get the 4 + 2 treatment, with the Redmi K series, POCO F lineup, and POCO X phones included in the more-supported end of this unofficial update policy.

Unsurprisingly, budget-level smartphones get a short shrift in comparison. Redmi Note and POCO M smartphone users can expect to receive three MIUI upgrades and just one Android update, while the outlook for owners of regular Redmi series devices (Redmi 8, Redmi 9, etc) and POCO C phones (POCO C3) is even bleaker with apparently only two MIUI upgrades and a single Android update.

Possible Xiaomi update policy. (Image source: Erdil Sualp Bayram/Telegram - edited)
Possible Xiaomi update policy. (Image source: Erdil Sualp Bayram/Telegram - edited)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-10-26 (Update: 2020-10-26)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.