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Original story (published on June 19, 2021) follows:

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has seen plenty of delays when it comes to Android 11. First confirmed to have entered the testing phase back in December last year, the Android version never really made it to stable for the device.

Last week, a Mi Community moderator acknowledged the hold up saying that it was due to adaptation issues and that Android 11 did not meet the company’s OTA upgrade standards for several phones including the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

However, the moderator also revealed that the MIUI engineering team had moved the models affected by the delay to the highest priority development channel to speed up the update process.


This initiative has been quite effective it seems, as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has now not only been treated to Android 11, but also to MIUI 12.5 stable in China.

Sure, the complete official changelog is rather lengthy, but notable changes include a brand new Notes app, performance improvements, UI tweaks, new animations, enhanced privacy, and of course, a new security patch (May).

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 May 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.

[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.

[Xiaomi Health]
New: You can measure your heart rate using the camera now.
New: Start recording running, walking, and cycling workouts manually, and enjoy lots of online workout classes.
Optimization: Automatic workout recognition is much more accurate now.

[Xiaomi Cloud]
New: Convert images to PDF.
New: Password manager allows you to store passwords in the cloud.
New: You can share device location with other people in your family sharing group.
New: Location information can be recorded automatically before the device powers off.

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 update for your Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, just click on the link given below.


  • Device: Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
  • Codename: begonia
  • Channel: China Stable
  • Version:
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery

Do keep in mind that the above build is China-specific so it won’t be installable over the global ROM. Global variant users are recommended to wait instead as a release for them shouldn’t be too far off now.

We will be updating our dedicated MIUI 12.5 update tracker when the update arrives so stay tuned.

Update 1 (July 08)

04:24 pm (IST): The MIUI 12.5 stable beta update is now rolling out for the global variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro as well. It also brings along Android 11 and the June security patch.


  • Device: Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
  • Codename: begonia
  • Channel: Global Stable Beta
  • Version:
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery

Thanks to Florin Matei and Asotmike for the tip!

Update 2 (July 28)

10:28 am (IST): Xiaomi has finally started rolling out the MIUI 12.5 update based on Android 11 for the European variants of the Redmi Note 8 Pro as well that’s rolling out as version and weighs 2.2 GB as per a report.

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