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Original story (published on April 26, 2021) follows:

MIUI 12.5 update has made it to several devices in China including the likes of Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, Mi 11, and Mi 9 SE. These devices were part of the first batch of the update rollout which has already been completed.

This means that the second batch is now next in line. Xiaomi had previously released an updated and more specific timeline promising MIUI 12.5 stable starting by the end of May for this.

This timeline is mostly comprised of mid-rangers like the Redmi K20 Pro but also a few flagship levels like the Mi 10S.

Redmi K40

But what’s odd is that Xiaomi has now released the MIUI 12.5 update for the Redmi K40 and Redmi Note 9 5G way ahead of schedule. Keep in mind though that these are the Chinese variants and go by different names globally.

The Redmi K40 carries a codename of ‘alioth’ and is sold as the Mi 11X in India and Poco F3 in the rest of the world. This is coupled with the Redmi Note 9 5G (cannon) that goes by the name of Redmi Note 9T 5G globally.

That said, the download link for the MIUI 12.5 update for the Redmi K40 has been given below along with the complete changelog:

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.

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.

  • Device: Xiaomi Redmi K40
  • Codename: alioth
  • Channel: China stable beta
  • Version:
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: 7ce9685e29e7c6eaf888b377d84be99a

This release sits perfectly with our previous prediction about the Redmi K40 and K40 Pro receiving the MIUI 12.5 update by the end of April.

And to download the MIUI 12.5 build for your Redmi Note 9 5G/Redmi Note 9T 5G, click on the link given below:


  • Device: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G
  • Codename: cannon
  • Channel: China stable beta
  • Version:
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: 6873b51dd86c9a288da995b025af7143

Do keep in mind that the above builds are in the stable beta testing phase and hence a wider rollout may take a week or two. Additionally, the builds are officially only for China.


But if you’re a braveheart, you can always try an installation if your bootloader is unlocked. Still, it is recommended to wait for a global stable rollout instead that should hopefully take another month tops.

For now, be sure to keep an eye on our dedicated MIUI 12.5 update tracker to stay in the loop.

Update 1 (April 26)

06:44 pm (IST): The MIUI 12.5 stable update is now rolling for the Redmi K40 Pro/Pro+ as well. Download link has been given below:

  • Device: Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro/Pro+
  • Codename: haydn
  • Channel: China stable
  • Version:
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery

Update 2 (May 03)

06:37 pm (IST): Redmi K40 Gaming that is a China-specific device gets the stable MIUI 12.5 update too.

  • Device: Xiaomi Redmi Gaming
  • Codename: ares
  • Channel: China stable
  • Version: V12.5.3.0.RKJCNXM
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery

Update 3 (June 24)

06:23 pm (IST): The MIUI 12.5 stable update is now rolling out for Pilot Testers of the Indian Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro as per this report.

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