These are the smartphones Xiaomi is upgrading to Android 9 Pie

Chinese device maker Xiaomi is known the world over for its competitively-priced devices that deliver very well.

On the software front, bar its brief dalliance with stock (or something close) Android on its three Android One smartphones – Mi A1, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite – all its devices feature its own custom take on Android popularly known as MIUI.

This has been so for as long as the brand has existed and it is not about to change. While the argument over the merits and demerits of custom Android vis-à-vis stock Android is one that we can’t exhaust, Xiaomi already has quite a lot of good things going for it with its current arrangement. For instance, every new MIUI build that makes it to older devices usually brings with it all the new features to such devices even though they are still stuck on older Android versions.

That won’t be an issue, though, for users of the following devices who are set to receive an upgrade to Android 9 Pie:

DeviceTimeline/Status
Redmi Note 5Q1 2019
Redmi S2Q1 2019
Redmi 6Q2 2019
Redmi 6AQ2 2019
Mi Note 3Q2 2019
Mi 6Q2 2019
Mi Mix 2Q2 2019
Redmi Note 6 ProTBC
Mi 6XTBC
Mi 9 ExplorerTBC

Xiaomi has already released the Android Pie update to the following devices:

  • Xiaomi Mi 8
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
  • Poco F1
  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 3
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It is worth noting that the above list is not conclusive, though. More devices might still be considered to receive their slice of Android Pie.

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