Xiaomi updates some devices to Android 11, including the Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro
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In a fresh round of software updates that started earlier this month, Xiaomi is bringing devices that were released in three different years (almost) up to date. I added "almost" because what the users of these devices receive is Android 11 firmware, but only with non-12.5 MIUI on top. If you own the Redmi 7, Redmi Note 9/Note 9 Pro, or the Redmi Note 10/Note 10 Pro and you can't remember when you received an update the last time, then you might want to check that right away.
Most of the updates are being unleashed in Asia and Russia, but it is very likely that other regions got them already or should receive them soon. Regarding the Android 11-based firmware for the devices mentioned above, these seem to be the latest versions as of today (feel free to drop a comment if you got a more recent update):
- Redmi 7: The official ROM is still stuck on MIUI 12 on Android 10 and it doesn't go anywhere from here, but there are quite a few custom ROMs for it, including LineageOS 18.1 (still in development, but working well enough on various older devices, including my old Mi A1).
- Redmi Note 9/Note 9 Pro: MIUI 188.8.131.52 QJORUXM for Russian Note 9 users, with the March security patch in tow. MIUI 184.108.40.206 QJOIDXM for the Indonesian users of the same handset. For the Note 9 Pro, there is the MIUI 220.127.116.11 QJZIDXM update that weighs 321 MB and has reached Indonesia as a Beta. Also a stable MIUI 12/Android 11 update is rolling out in Russia.
- Redmi Note 10/Note 10 Pro: MIUI 18.104.22.168 QFDRUXM beta firmware rolling out in Russia. These devices launched with Android 11 and MIUI 12 anyway, so this is most likely a minor patch with various under-the-hood tweaks and fixes.
Regarding the Redmi 7, which was released back in 2018 and there is little hope that it will get an official Android 11 update, I will simply point the users of this handset to the right place for custom ROMs that includes quite a few Android 11-based releases, such as Styx Project, PixysOS, MOKEE, Komodo OS, PixelPlusUI, and others.
As usual, feel free to hit the comments section and let us know what you think about the official or custom ROM that your handset is on.