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Original story (from August 03) follows:

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has been in line to receive the MIUI 12 update ever since Xiaomi first announced the new skin back in China. Just a few days ago, we reported that the standard Mi 8 picked up the MIUI 12 stable update in China. Thus, it was only a matter of a few days before the company began pushing the update to the Mi 8 Lite.

As it turns out, users didn’t have to wait too long. This is because the Mi 8 Lite is now receiving the MIUI 12 stable update in China. The much-awaited skin brings a ton of new features and improvements over the previous MIUI 11 skin.

Mi 8 Lite users in China should be receiving the new software via an OTA update. It comes as version V12.0.1.0.QDTCNXM which has been bumped up from the previous MIUI 11-based V11.0.2.0.QDTCNXM.

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The Mi 8 Lite was part of the first batch of devices to get the MIUI 12 update back in China. Therefore, after the successful beta testing period, Mi 8 Lite users in China can finally get to experience the latest MIUI 12 update in its stable form.

The changelog for the update also reflects the massive number of changes and additions that come along with this new version. We’ve listed the entire changelog for you to read below:

MIUI 12. Yours alone.
System animations
New: All-new physically based animation engine with advanced architecture will refresh your device’s look.
New: Dynamic window technology takes switching screen orientation to a new level.
System visuals
Brand new visual design works for all types of content and languages.
Magazine-level layouts bring important things into the spotlight and make content structure clear.
Privacy protection
New: MIUI 12 is the first Android-based mobile OS that went through the rigorous enhanced privacy protection testing.
New: Reset your device ID and control how it’s used based on virtual ID technology.
New: Grant permissions that will be used only while you’re using an app.
New: You can also grant permissions just once, and decide again next time a permission is required.
New: Restrict access to telephony to third party apps.
New: Return blank messages to the apps that require personal information.
New: Receive notifications whenever apps record audio, use camera, or access your location.
New: Use secure sharing to control what additional data is sent along with shared items.
New: Get comprehensive stats on how apps use permissions in app behavior history.
New: Visit to learn how MIUI protects your privacy.
Optimization: Apps aren’t allowed to launch other apps in the background now.
Floating windows
New: Pull down a notification sent by a messenger app to turn it into a floating window.
New: Floating windows keep apps running in the foreground even when you pause to do other things.
New: You can minimize a floating window using a full screen gesture.
New: You can open an app in a floating window directly from Recents.
Optimization: Press and hold an app preview in Recents to choose between Split screen and floating windows.
AI Call Assistant
New: Mi AI can answer your calls now!
New: You can record a customized greeting that will be played to the other person during AI calls.
New: Customized greetings are also supported for outgoing calls.
Xiaomi Health
New: All-new Xiaomi Health gives you more options and makes your health stats more accurate.
New: Put your device next to you before falling asleep to analyze your sleep cycle and record talking and snoring.
New: You can sync data with supported wearable and smart home devices.
New: Xiaomi Health can remind you to stand up and move when it detects that you’ve been sitting down for too long.
New: The app also analyzes your stats and gives you simple health advice.
Control center
New: Swipe down from the upper right corner of your screen to open Control center.
New: Animated icons are a joy to look at!
New: Mi Ditto combines dictation and speech output, making mobile devices more convenient for people who have difficulties using conventionally designed smartphones.
Dark mode
New: Dark mode support is also provided for third party apps now.
New: Contrast is lowered automatically in low light conditions to protect your eyes.
New: Font weight is adjusted to Dark mode as well, reducing blur and glare.
New: Wallpapers can be displayed in darker palette when your device switches to Dark mode.
New: Traffic and suggested routes to airports and train stations.
New: You can track your previous trips now.
New: Checklists for trips.
New: Alarms for train arrivals.
Mi Carrier Services
New: View your SIM balance and mobile data usage stats.
New: Save frequently used phone numbers to top up balance and buy mobile data later.
New: Buy SIM cards and services.
Updated Android Security Patch to July 2020. Increased system security.
New: Promotional messages are grouped according to their content now.
Status bar, Notification shade
New: All-new design.
Home screen
New: Animated Home screen icons are neat and satisfying.
New: We’ve added a new animation for uninstalling apps.
New: Gravitational animations make returning to Home screen look seamless and natural.
New: New animations bring the weather from outside directly to your screen.
New: Security introduces new comprehensive privacy protection mechanisms.
New: Lite mode simplifies your device and brings essential features up front.
New: New full screen gestures for switching between apps are available.
File Manager
New: Use the floating shortcut to filter and sort items, as well as switch view.
New: New layout tailored for landscape orientation is available now.
New: We added lots of fresh animations that will accompany your actions.
New: Calendar cards will remind you about important events and anniversaries.
New: You can create folders with notes now.
New: New dynamic backgrounds look gorgeous!
New: Tasks are completed with a satisfying animation now.
New: Checklists of subtasks make managing your agenda much simpler.
New: New animations feel natural and refreshing.
New: Keep your home safe with smart home device alerts.
New: Binging your favorite shows will be more convenient with our new video toolbox.
Xiaomi Cloud
New: Shared family storage plan is available now.
Some features might not be available on this device. Visit to learn more about MIUI 12.

Much like any other update, this too is being pushed to users in phases. Therefore, not all users will receive the update at the same time. But in case you do not wish to wait for the OTA to arrive, you can manually install it by downloading the package from the link below:

  • Device: Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
  • Codename: platina
  • Channel: China Stable
  • Version: V12.0.1.0.QDTCNXM
  • Android: 10
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: 48ff034b1e1edb6961ebbb82a8f3ca55

Just make sure you back up all your files on the device before installing the update manually. Nevertheless, Xiaomi is yet to release the stable MIUI 12 update for many devices. You can check out our MIUI 12 update tracker to know when it arrives on your device.

Update 1 (September 12)

After China, the Mi 8 Lite devices are now receiving the MIUI 12 stable update in the Russia region. Those of you not interested in waiting for the OTA to hit their units can install the update using the download link below.

  • Device: Mi 8 Lite
  • Channel: Russia Stable
  • Version: V12.0.1.0.QDTRUXM
  • Android: 10
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: d7fbafa86e2bb4066788adf4f84a1170

Update 2 (September 21)

The MIUI 12 update for the Mi 8 Lite is now hitting global units as version, up from the previous MIUI 11-based version In case you wish to download the update manually, you can do so via the link below:

  • Device: Mi 8 Lite
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: V12.0.3.0.QDTMIXM
  • Android: 10
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: ac83b9d20c73ab713458de7592af6f52

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