[Update: August 03] Xiaomi Android 11/R update: Is your device eligible?
This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..
Original story (published on April 6, 2020) follows:
For a handful of Xiaomi (Redmi) devices, the update that first brought the stable version of the current MIUI 11 was also the same update that brought the stable version of Android 10 OS for the first time.
I’m looking at the likes of Redmi K20 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9 and the Mi 9T Pro, among others. Granted, it’s likely that the first update to bring the stable MIUI 12 version to some Xiaomi/Redmi devices will also be the first to bump the OS version to Android 11 aka Android R.
But which Xiaomi devices are eligible for an update to Android 11? This is the question we will attempt to answer to the best of our experience, but you can always expect changes as and when Xiaomi announces its official Android 11 roadmap later in the year.
Note that this coverage is biased in favor of Xiaomi Android 11 update and not MIUI 12 update, but as noted, some devices will receive both as the first update. As usual, Xiaomi will also make the MIUI 12 update available to many other devices without changes to the base Android OS version.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Xiaomi Android 11 update release date
Xiaomi enrolled two devices into the early Android Q beta testing program announced at the Google I/O 2019 – the Mi 9 and Mi MIX 3 5G. Even with the I/O 2020 canceled, we still expect Google to go public with Android R beta testing in May, which is when we’ll know which Xiaomi devices make the cut this time.
Going by last year’s happenings, my guess is the current flagships Mi 10/Pro and Redmi K30 Pro will be the ones to try Xiaomi Android 11 update ahead of everyone, although it’s also likely that a couple more devices could get the nod.
We should know more about this soon when Google announces the public beta testing program for the latest Android OS iteration. But as far as the stable Xiaomi Android 11 update is concerned, Q4 2020 could be the safest bet, just like Android 10 (Q4 2019), unless Xiaomi surprises us.
You can keep an eye on our Xiaomi Android 11 update tracker to know when your device bags the OS.
Preliminary list of eligible devices
Now, onto the most important part – eligible devices. This is where it gets tricky, especially since Xiaomi doesn’t have a known software update policy for its devices.
But having covered Xiaomi software updates for years, our team is well aware of the company’s practices. Typically, premium Xiaomi smartphones in the Mi and MIX series are guaranteed at least two major OS upgrades.
We’ve also seen a bunch of mid-range devices in the Mi and Max series receive two OS upgrades. For instance, the Mi 8 Lite and Mi Max 3 just picked up their updates to Android 10 a while ago, their second major OS upgrades.
For the most part, devices in the Redmi series receive a single OS update during their lifetime, but things should change now that Redmi is independent and is churning out premium devices too like the Redmi K20 Pro and the aforementioned Redmi K30 Pro.
By all means, we expect these two – alongside their non-Pro counterparts – to receive two major OS upgrades. This means the Redmi K20 Pro should be among the devices to receive the update to Android 11.
Alongside the K20 Pro, below is a list of devices we think Xiaomi will upgrade to Android 11 when the time comes.
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer/Transparent Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 9T
- Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
- Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi CC9
- Xiaomi Mi CC9e
- Xiaomi Mi A3
- Redmi K30
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Redmi K30 Pro Zoom
- Redmi K20
- Redmi K20 Pro
- Redmi K20 Pro Premium
- Poco X2
- Redmi Note 9
- Redmi Note 9S
- Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
- Xiaomi Black Shark 3
- Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
- Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro
- Redmi 10X Pro
- Redmi 10X 4G
- Redmi 10X 5G
Since the company usually rolls out one OS update to most devices in the Redmi series, devices in the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 families are not eligible for the official Xiaomi Android 11 update. This is because the update to Android 10 is their only guaranteed OS upgrade.
Of course, there may be some changes to this policy in the future, but for now, don’t get your hopes too high. On the brighter side, devices that miss out on the official Xiaomi Android 11 update are likely to get it unofficially via LineageOS and other custom ROMs.
Also, some of the features that Xiaomi will include in its Android 11 update may also find their way to ineligible models via the official MIUI 12 update.
Update 1 (April 20)
MIUI 12 gets German certification and the expected date for internal testing. Head here for more details.
Update 2 (April 21)
Xiaomi is set to unveil the Mi10 Youth Edition and MIUI 12 thorugh an online conference on April 27. Head here for more details.
Update 3 (July 6)
According to a Mi forum moderator, the Mi A2 will not be updated to Android 11, at least not officially. See the full coverage here.
Update 4 (July 7)
POCO by Xiaomi has confirmed that Android 11 is coming soon to the Poco X2. See the full coverage here.
Update 5 (July 8)
Although expected, a Mi forum moderator has just reiterated that there won’t be an update to Android 11 for the Redmi 8A. See the full story here.
Update 6 (July 26)
One of the Mi community moderators have now shared that Redmi Note 9 Pro (global) and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will be getting the Android 11 (Android R) update. Head here for the complete coverage.
Update 7 (August 03)
Xiaomi has now released an official list of devices that will be getting the stable MIUI 12-based Android 11 update beginning from September. See the full story here.
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