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Xiaomi’s Redmi line of smartphones strikes a rather sweet balance between price, performance, and features. The Redmi 8 and the Redmi 8A are no different. The former comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS display. It has a screen resolution of 1520×720 pixels.

redmi 8
Redmi 8

In general, the Redmi 8 has a great design and build quality, has phenomenal battery life and surprisingly sports a USB-C port at an entry-level price. Redmi 8A, on the other hand, has a big display and a good capacity battery with fast-charge support that makes it a decent option in the budget smartphone segment.

Recently, we saw these two devices get the October 2019 security update in Europe. This was a generic Android patch that updated Android security patch level to October 2019 and increased system security.

Redmi 8A

That update was purely incremental in nature and did not add anything new to the device. But all that was a precursor to the MIUI 11 update. Well yes! Both Redmi 8A and Redmi 8 are now receiving the stable MIUI 11 update (based on Android Pie though) in India.


Thanks to the internal similarities between these two phones, the changelogs are almost identical.

Comprehensive design optimized for full-screen display devices
– Removing visual clutter, improving touch controls, and refining the use of color allowed us to create a system where nothing stands between you and the content

Sounds of nature
– Wake up to the gentle sounds of nature with our new alarm ringtones
– Notification sounds won’t make you tired. Now, they keep changing dynamically, just like nature does.

Mi Share
– Transfer files from phone to phone at breakneck speeds

– Preview your documents before you open them
– Stay productive and efficient with our all-new Mi Doc Viewer

– Print photos and files directly from your phone without installing any additional apps

More features
– Tasks. Manage and edit your tasks in the Notes app. Receive timely notifications and mark things done.
– Quick replies. Reply to messages from any app.
– Game Turbo. Turn your device into an ultimate gaming console.
– Record and track your menstruation cycle

– Updated Android Security Patch to October 2019. Increased system security.

Game speed booster
– New: Continuous swiping opens an additional menu in Game Turbo now
– New: You can create a Home screen shortcut for Game Turbo now
– Refreshed start page of Game Turbo
– Auto brightness, screenshot gestures, and Reading mode can be turned off automatically when Game Turbo is on
– A major upgrade for the toolbox in Game Turbo: autoplay and switching between data SIM cards are available now

We still don’t know when this device duo will receive Android 10 update, but the jump from MIUI 10 to MIUI 11 looks pretty swift. The security patch level is still on October though, not November like a handful of devices out there.


Credit goes to yshalsager and the Xiaomi Firmware Updater project for tracking the OTA update URLs.

  • Device: Redmi 8A
  • Codename: olivelite
  • Channel: India Stable
  • Version: V11.0.1.0.PCPINXM
  • Android: 9
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: 82d2052d1b123dd8e7549a4009657d0e
  • Device: Redmi 8
  • Codename: olive
  • Channel: India Stable
  • Version: V11.0.1.0.PCNINXM
  • Android: 9
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: d414883e6a51fbc0eb44fc33f1cd0e08

Have you received the MIUI 11 update on your Redmi 8/8A? What new features do you like? Tell us in the comment section.

Update (November 19)

Xiaomi apparently pulled the initial MIUI 11 build for Redmi 8. A new update with the same October patch is rolling in India. Redmi 8A seems unaffected. Details here.

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