The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite, just like the name implies, is the toned-down and more wallet-friendly version of Xiaomi’s 2019 flagship – the Mi 9. The devices may look quite similar and may even have the same screen size but that’s where the similarities end.

The biggest difference that sets them apart is that the Mi 9 Lite comes with a modest Snapdragon 710 while the Mi 9 makes use of the top-tier Snapdragon 855.

Anyway, we previously highlighted the MIUI 12.5 rollout for the Mi CC9 Meitu Edition. The device is basically the same as the Mi 9 Lite apart from slightly upgraded cameras.


In it, we had pointed out that since the Mi CC9 Meitu Edition is now running MIUI 12.5 stable, the update for the Mi CC9 shouldn’t be too far off given the devices’ near-identical spec sheets.

And that’s exactly what has happened now as the MIUI 12.5 update just began rolling out for the Mi CC9 in China.

The changelog is pretty lengthy but the most notable changes include performance improvements, enhanced privacy features, an updated Notes app, new animations, and some UI tweaks. You also get the March security patch.

MIUI 12.5 promises more responsive gestures

New: Response to gestures is now instant.
New: With 20 times more rendering power, there are now few limits to what you can see on your screen.
New: With custom device model adjustments, any phone becomes faster after the upgrade.
Optimization: MIUI became lighter, faster, and more durable.
Updated Android Security Patch to March 2021. Increased system security.

[System animations]
New: A new animation framework renders movement more realistically.
New: New UI design is focused on visualization and making your interaction with the device more lifelike.
Haptic feedback
New: Haptic feedback brings a new dimension to familiar actions.

[System sounds]
New: Nature mix is a new exciting way of creating your own notification sound system.
New: Hundreds of system sounds that represent animals from all around the world.
New: Stereo system sounds.

[Privacy protection]
New: Now you can see what apps access your clipboard and control access.
New: Using approximate location adds up points to privacy protection.
New: You can now manage sensitive permissions and related app behavior independently.
New: The behavior of web pages is also tracked now, which helps you to block unwanted and malicious actions.
New: Now it’s up to you who and when can track your online behavior.
New: All apps now come with a security statement from GetApps.
New: Privacy risk scanner.
New: Control which apps access and delete items from your Gallery.
New: A comprehensive overview of all sensitive permissions.
New: You’ll be notified whenever high-risk permissions are used and will be able to block the corresponding actions.
Optimization: An all-new privacy protection page.

New: Compose mind maps with complex structures.
New: New tools for doodling and sketching.
New: Press and hold a sketch to adjust the strokes automatically.
New: A gesture shortcut now allows you to create notes, tasks, and excerpts anywhere.
New: Excerpts save text, URLs, and images to Notes in a few simple taps.
New: Dynamic layouts make bring the typography in Notes to a new level.

[Floating windows]
New: Instant messengers now support floating windows.
New: Floating windows can be quickly replaced with fullscreen versions of the apps.
New: App flashcards Show key info when apps are displayed as floating windows.

[Home screen]
New: “Ripples” animation for downloading apps.
New: “Burst” animation for uninstalling apps.
New: New design for app folders.
New: A vertical layout for Recents.

New: Font weight adjustment options for third-party fonts.
Optimization: Personalization features for system wallpapers, animations, and sounds.

To download the Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 China Stable update for the Mi 9 Lite/Mi CC9, just hit the download link given below:


  • Device: Xiaomi Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite
  • Codename: pyxis
  • Channel: China Stable
  • Version:
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery

Keep in mind though that the above is China-specific and will not be installable over global ROMs through the MIUI Updater. You will instead have to use the recovery but that will only be possible with an unlocked bootloader.

Hence, it will be more sensible to wait for the global MIUI 12.5 update for the Mi 9 Lite, which shouldn’t take long now that it has already rolled out for the Mi CC9. For now, stay tuned to our dedicated MIUI 12.5 update tracker.

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