Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 coming next week carrying 10GB of RAM (no joke)

A teaser render of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Weibo

  • Xiaomi has revealed some new features arriving with its Mi Mix 3 flagship next Thursday.
  • The phone will have 10GB of RAM and 5G internet support.
  • It will be the first smartphone from a major manufacturer with these characteristics.

Xiaomi has confirmed the Mi Mix 3 will launch on October 25, and has given us a taste of what we can expect from it. Posting on Weibo earlier today (via GizMochina), Xiaomi said the new Mix device would feature 10GB of RAM and 5G support.

We don’t get a good look at the smartphone, only its outline via a couple of teaser images (below). There seems to be little point in secrecy, though, as Xiaomi Global Vice President Manu Kumar Jain already revealed the phone in August (his image is above).

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Still, the renders look pretty and they reaffirm the Mi Mix 3’s implementation of a pop-up camera system like on the Oppo Find X. One of our main gripes with the previous Mixs (Mixes?) was their front camera’s awkward positioning at the bottom of the phones, so this is a welcome change.

As for the 10GB of RAM speculation, this would be the first smartphone from a major manufacturer to carry such memory, pending the surprise release of the rumored Oppo Find X 10GB RAM model. The big question is whether 10GB of RAM is warranted on a smartphone. The short answer is “hahahah, nope.”

Mi Mix 3 teaser renders from a Xiaomi promotion. Weibo

Meanwhile, most of us won’t feel 5G’s benefits for quite some time, but this should help to ‘future proof’ the handset (that is, if carriers can sort out 5G in the next two years before the phone is past its best). Xiaomi may include global frequency band support like it did with the Mi Mix 2.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is likely to be a costly smartphone and may be hard to come by in the West. It may be about as flawed as its predecessors, too. But the Mi Mix series has been consistently surprising, and can’t wait to find out what Xiaomi has dreamt up this time. Look out for it launching next week on Thursday, October 25.

Gimme’ your thoughts on the Mi Mix 3 in the comments.

Read next: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review

FCC disappointed with US carriers’ response to Hurricane Michael

  • FCC chairman Ajit Pai is not thrilled with the U.S. carriers’ slow restoration of their service in areas affected by Hurricane Michael.
  • Florida governor Rick Scott specifically called out Verizon for misleading customers with its network restoration progress.
  • All four major U.S. carriers offer bill credits, free service, or waived overage fees to customers in affected areas.

Even though Hurricane Michael is now a memory, its effects are still being met as the death toll continues to climb and power continues to be nonexistent in many neighborhoods. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint experienced network outages of their own and continue to increase efforts to restore their networks. However, those efforts might not be enough to satisfy the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In a recent statement, FCC chairman Ajit Pai slammed U.S. carriers for their slow efforts to restore service in areas affected by Hurricane Michael. Pai called the lack of full cellular service “completely unacceptable” and said the FCC will open an investigation into each of the carrier’s post-hurricane restoration efforts.

Pai also called on U.S. carriers to waive the bills of Florida residents in affected areas for October. Pai did not name any carriers in his statement, but we can guess that at least the four major carriers are the target of his wrath.

In a statement of his own, Florida governor Rick Scott specifically criticized Verizon and said the carrier misled the public with the statistic that 98 percent of Florida has service. Pai and Scott called for carriers to not penalize Florida residents who want to switch carriers in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

The carriers respond

In an email, Verizon said it will offer three months of free service to “every Verizon customer in Bay and Gulf counties.” On its network update page, Verizon also mentioned that it brought two new cell sites in service overnight and will deploy a new mobile cell site today. The carrier also set up two new charging stations for local shelters, but did not say when it expects to fully restore service.

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AT&T, meanwhile, said it offers bill credits to customers in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Liberty, Taylor, and Wakulla counties. AT&T will continue to offer credits through October 21 and said service is “nearly fully restored in most affected areas.” AT&T also did not say when it expects to completely restore service.

On its Hurricane Michael update page, T-Mobile said service in North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia are “almost fully recovered.” However, sites on the Florida Panhandle “will likely experience a longer recovery timeline.” T-Mobile did not provide that timeline on the website, though it offers certain Florida and George residents free calling, texting, and data if they are not already on an unlimited plan and are active postpaid or prepaid customers.

Finally, Sprint said it will waive call, text, and data overage fees between October 10 and October 18. The carrier also announced it provides 25 handsets and/or hotspots to any state or local government agency impacted by Hurricane Michael. Sprint did not say what progress on service restoration currently looks like, however.

It’s not just you — YouTube TV is down

Yes, again.

If you’re thinking to yourself “Ya know, you guys never mention the 99.9 percent of the time that YouTube TV is working just fine …” Well, you’re right. We don’t. But this isn’t one of those times and so we’re going to mention (again) that YouTube TV (and YouTube proper, along with YouTube Music, apparently) is struggling a bit this evening.

That in and of itself is not the end of the world. On the other hand, the end of the world will likely not cost us $40 a month. (Or cost us anything at all, for that matter. Or at least not for very long.) The point is, YouTube TV is down. It is not working. It is an ex-TV.

Last time this happened — in the middle of the damned World Cup semifinals — we got a week of credit for our troubles. This time? We’ll see.

So no YouTube TV for you this evening. Maybe it’s a good time to call your mother instead.

Honor 8X launches in India – looks like a million bucks, available for less than $250

In a press conference in New Delhi, Honor announced the launch of its latest smartphone, the Honor 8X, in India. Honor has released a number of smartphones in 2018 — perhaps too many – but most of these offer exceptional value and build quality that punches well above their price tag. The Honor 8X fits into that portfolio easily.

Quintessential Honor Smartphone

The Honor 8X looks like the quintessential Honor smartphone, featuring a glossy textured glass back finish with its dazzling light reflecting properties, metal trim, notched display, and eye-catching looks all around.

The Honor 8X sports a 6.5-inch LTPS LCD display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution, producing a density of 397 pixels per inch. The 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and minimal chin are undeniably impressive, giving the handset more screen to work.

The combination of metal and gradient glass looks and feels great and the Honor 8X rivals the design and aesthetics of premium flagship handsets which cost significantly more.

Mid-range Specifications

While the display and design aesthetics appear premium, the hardware specifications for the Honor 8X hover somewhere between mid- and low-end. The Honor 8X runs Android 8.1 Oreo skinned with EMUI 8.2 on top.

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On the processing side, there’s a distinctly mid-range Kirin 710 SoC, which offers powerful Cortex-A73 CPU cores but a lower end Mali-G51 GPU. The handset comes in three memory variants with combinations of 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

The handset’s microUSB connector with USB 2.0 data speeds feels dated though. Fast charging capabilities are included, but we’re capped at 5V/2A.

  Honor 8X
Display 6.5 inches
2,340 x 1,080
19.5:9 notched display
91% screen-to-body ratio
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 710
Octa-Core (4 x Cortex-A73 2.2 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz)
GPU Mali-G51 MP4
RAM 4GB or 6GB
Storage 64GB or 128GB
Battery 3,750mAh
Cameras Rear dual cameras:
20MP (f/1.8 aperture) + 2 MP

Single front camera:
16MP (f/2.0 aperture)

Software Android 8.1 Oreo
Skinned with EMUI 8.2
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 5
GPS
GLONASS
Network 900MHz, 1800MHz, 800MHz, 2GHz
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41 (2555-2575 MHZ, 2575-2635 MHZ, 2635-2655 MHZ)
Band 1, Band 3, 1.9 GHz, I, VIII
Ports microUSB
3.5mm headphone jack
SIM Dual nano SIM
Dimensions 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8mm
Weight 175g
Colors Black, Blue, Red, Purple

AI Cameras

There’s a familiar looking dual camera setup on the back of the Honor 8X. The primary sensor offers 20-megapixels of resolution with a f/1.8 aperture and Phase Detection Auto Focus. The 2MP secondary camera is used entirely for depth calculation, enabling re-adjustable aperture and bokeh after taking the picture. The front-facing camera is a 16-megapixel affair with a f/2.0 aperture.

Honor’s big selling point with all of its recent phones are their AI camera capabilities. The Honor 8X recognizes 22 different scenarios in which it can apply custom exposure and color corrections.

Pricing and Availability

The Honor 8X is a super-sized phablet with a premium design that stands out in a crowd with mid-range specifications sheet and dated hardware choices.

The Honor 8X comes in in blue, black, and red color variants and will be available for purchase in India starting October 24, exclusively on Amazon.in. The customers can also purchase 8X from www.hihonor.com/in.

The 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at 14,999 rupees ($203), the 6GB + 64GB variant at 16,999 rupees ($231), while the top variant with 6GB + 128GB will set you back with 18,999 rupees ($258).

What do you think of Honor’s latest mid-range smartphone, and would you like to pick up the Honor 8X? Tell us in the comments!

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus update hub: front-camera upgrade rolling out

samsung galaxy s9 update

Update, 10/16/2018, 04:09 AM ET: Samsung is rolling out the October 2018 security patches to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, along with a front camera upgrade.

SamMobile spotted the 244 MB update earlier today; it’s said to be rolling out in Germany with firmware versions G960FXXU2BRJ3 and G965FXXU2BRJ3, though the accompanying screenshot SamMobile provided is in Dutch.

The changelog says the backlighting has been improved when shooting with the front camera and faces will now be brighter. It sounds like a small, but worthwhile upgrade, though the phones remain on Android 8.0 Oreo for the time being.

As the update is now rolling out in Europe, it will likely reach the U.S. in the coming days and weeks.

Meanwhile, it looks like Samsung is gearing up for an Android Pie beta program. These betas typically last until the year’s end, with the final update rolling out soon after. We should have more on this, including how you can sign up, soon.


Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Android update hub page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus update information, but note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus Android update

The Galaxy S9 series was released in February 2018 and became the first Samsung flagship to run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. Since then, Google has released the Android 8.1 update and Android 9.0 Pie, but S9 owners are still waiting for any concrete rollout details.

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The Galaxy S9/S9 Plus will almost certainly pick up Android Pie, though we don’t know when. Samsung is likely to roll out a beta program for this in the run-up to 2019, as it has with previous updates to its Galaxy flagships, which some of you may be able to get involved with.

Despite supporting Project Treble, it’s yet to be seen whether Samsung will roll out major updates any faster than in the past.

It also seems likely that the S9 series will eventually be updated to Android Q, but we’ll no doubt have to wait until 2019 to hear more on that front.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus update US

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 updates – US Android 8.1 Oreo Android Pie
Verizon TBC TBC
AT&T TBC TBC
T-Mobile TBC TBC
Sprint TBC TBC
Unlocked TBC TBC

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Verizon Galaxy S9 (SM-G960UZ*AVZW ) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965UZ*AVZW) update:

  • June 21, 2018: Verizon rolls out the June security update for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

AT&T Galaxy S9 (SM-G960UZ*AATT) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965UZ*AATT) update:

  • The AT&T Galaxy S9/S9 Plus has yet to receive any noteworthy updates.

T-Mobile Galaxy S9 (SM-G960UZ*ATMB) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965UZ*ATMB) update:

  • March 14, 2018: T-Mobile rolls out Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus update, improves camera and face unlock stability.
  • June 22, 2018: T-Mobile rolls out a Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus update, which includes the June 2018 Android security patch, various bug fixes, and system improvements.
  • July 9, 2018: T-Mobile rolls out a Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus update, which includes RTT updates, enhancements to DIGITS, various bug fixes, and system improvements.

Sprint Galaxy S9 (SM-G960UZ*ASPR) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965UZ*ASPR) update:

  • The Sprint Galaxy S9/S9 Plus has yet to receive any noteworthy updates.

Unlocked US Galaxy S9 (SM-G960U) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965U) update:

  • June 25, 2018: Samsung rolls out an update with the June 2018 Android security patch, along with various bug fixes and system improvements.

International Galaxy S9 (SM-G960F) and Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-G965F) update:

  • June 6, 2018: Samsung adds support for dual voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) in India.
  • July 18, 2018: Samsung rolls out an update with the July 2018 Android security patch, along with stability improvements for AR Emoji and Super Slow-Mo.
  • October 16, 2018:

If you’ve received an update we’ve missed, hit the comments below or tip us!

Honor 8X preview: Big, bold, and beautiful

The Honor 8X combines exquisite design with a large display and a capable chipset.

Honor’s budget phones are always well-regarded for the hardware on offer, but if there’s one thing that Honor improved considerably over the last two years, it’s the design. The Honor 9N is one of the best-looking budget phones in the market today, and the Honor 9 Lite is no different.

The Honor 8X is the company’s best-looking device yet in this segment. The phone features a Kirin 710 chipset and a large 6.5-inch Full HD+ display, dual cameras at the back, 6GB of RAM paired with 128GB of storage, and a 3750mAh battery.

Like all Honor phones in 2018, it’s the design that sets the Honor 8X apart — the phone has a distinctive “double texture aurora glass” finish that Honor says is an evolution of the Honor 10’s gradient back. The end result is that the Honor 8X looks like a phone that costs well over its $300 asking price.

There’s the same aurora glass finish as before, but the Honor 8X also has a vertical band running down the left that creates a two-tone finish. The effect is quite evocative, and gives the Honor 8X an edge in this segment. The phone is available in blue, red, and black color options, and while the black variant is muted, the blue and red options are striking.

The Honor 8X has one of the largest displays we’ve seen so far on a Honor device, sporting a 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD (2340 x 1080) panel. There is a notch at the top of the display — as is becoming the norm — but it is narrow enough that it isn’t annoying. Like the Honor 10, you get the option to hide the notch in the display settings.

The panel itself is quite decent, offering vibrant colors and great contrast levels. You get the usual features that are standard across all Honor devices — a blue light filter and ability to adjust the color temperature — and there’s also the option to reduce the resolution to 720p to conserve battery life.

The two-tone rear finish makes the Honor 8X one of the most evocative devices in this category.

There’s a considerably thinner bezel at the bottom this time around, and that’s mainly due to the fact that the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the device. The sensor is ideally located at the natural resting position of your index finger, and I had no issues with authentication.

Honor also offers a face unlock feature that works reliably in both well-lit and dark environments, and it’s just as fast as using the fingerprint sensor.

Elsewhere, you get a dual SIM card tray along with a dedicated MicroSD card slot, and Honor has retained the 3.5mm jack. What isn’t so great is the MicroUSB charging port, which just doesn’t mesh with the rest of the hardware. For a device in this category to feature a MicroUSB in late 2018 is inexcusable.

Specs Honor 8X
Screen 6.5-inch Full HD+ (2340×1080) IPS LCD
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 710
RAM 4GB/6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB
Software Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2
Rear Camera 1 20MP, ƒ/1.8
Rear Camera 2 2MP
Front Camera 16MP, ƒ/2.0
Security Rear fingerprint, face unlock
Battery 3750mAh
Connectivity Wi-Fi ac, BT4.2
Colors Black, Red, Blue
Dimensions 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8mm
Weight 175g
Price £229

Coming to the hardware side of things, the Honor 8X is only the second device to feature HiSilicon’s Kirin 710 chipset. Huawei debuted the platform on the Nova 3i earlier this year, and I came away impressed after using that particular device back in August.

The Kirin 710 is manufactured on a 12nm node and has four Cortex A73 cores that go up to 2.2GHz along with four Cortex A53 cores at 1.7GHz. There’s a Mali-G51 MP4 GPU as well, and Honor is bringing its GPU Turbo feature to the 8X. As a refresher, the feature lets you sustain peak performance in visually-intensive titles like PUBG without the CPU being throttled.

The Kirin 710 is more than adequate to handle everyday tasks with ease, and as you’d imagine, EMUI is perfectly optimized for the chipset. There’s no lag anywhere, and while the GPU doesn’t deliver the best visuals in demanding titles, games run smooth in medium settings.

Honor is increasingly turning to the camera to differentiate its phones, and the Honor 8X has a dual 20MP + 2MP cameras at the back, with the secondary sensor adding depth information. I haven’t used the camera enough to share my thoughts on it yet, but at a first glance it seems to hold its own in this category.

There’s the obvious AI-assisted feature that’s now standard across all Honor phones, and you also get a Night Shot feature that lets you take better photos in low-light scenarios. Up front, there’s a 16MP shooter with the usual slate of beauty effects and filters.

On the software side of things, the Honor 8X comes with Android 8.1 Oreo based on EMUI 8.2. It’s a shame the device isn’t launching with the Pie-based EMUI 9.0, but like Samsung, Huawei likes to roll out the latest version of its custom skin on its flagship.

There’s no shortage of phones in this segment, from the mighty POCO F1 to the Vivo V11 Pro, Xiaomi Mi A2, Honor Play, and many more. The design of the Honor 8X certainly allows it to stand out in this category, and the all-day battery life coupled with the capable Kirin 710 make it one of the best sub-$300 phones in 2018.

The Honor 8X is now up for sale in the UK for £229 ($300) for the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the phone is also available in India from Amazon for just ₹14,999 ($200). Right now, there’s no word on whether the phone will be available in the U.S., but we’ll let you know should that change in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the Honor 8X?

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Are these the first photos of Huawei’s Mate 20X gaming smartphone?

Huawei Mate 20X leaked photo of the front of the device.

  • The Huawei Mate 20X design may have been leaked in some new photos.
  • The images are believed to show off the front and rear of the device.
  • They reveal a waterdrop notch and a triple rear camera setup.

The yet-to-be-unveiled Huawei Mate 20X may have been spotted out in the open. The gaming smartphone can apparently be seen in a couple of photos posted on Weibo recently (via Playful Droid) originating from China.

Huawei teased the Mate 20X on Twitter last week but didn’t offer a look at the handset itself. The images suggest it will house a waterdrop-style notch and a triple rear camera setup, and may feature a unique body shape (though it’s probably just inside a case).

Huawei Mate 20X leaked photo of the rear of the device.

The Mate 20X is said to carry a 7.21-inch OLED display and — as this is a gaming phone from the Mate 20 series — you can also expect a Kirin 980 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage.

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Meanwhile, Huawei’s tweet teased “#HigherIntelligence” and “#UltimatePerformance” from the Mate 20X.

Huawei is set to unveil the new smartphone at an event tomorrow alongside the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. You can hit the link to find out more on that, and let us know in the comments what you think of how the Mate 20X is shaping up.

Display wars still on: Galaxy Note 10 tipped for bigger screen than iPhone XS Max

Galaxy Note 9

  • Speculation suggests the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will have a 6.66-inch display.
  • This would be larger than any previous Galaxy Note or Galaxy S series device.
  • It would also mean the Note series would once again have a larger display than the biggest iPhone.

Samsung is opting for a 6.66-inch display on next year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10, according to a recent report from The BellThis would not only be the largest size display on a Galaxy Note or Galaxy S series device, but would also be larger than the display on the iPhone XS Max.

While the Note lineup has historically had a larger display than the biggest iPhone, the screen on the iPhone XS Max (6.5 inches) is slightly bigger than the one on the Galaxy Note 9 (6.4-inches), though the iPhone does have a notch.

The Bell‘s article does not state how a display of this size will affect the overall size of the Galaxy Note 10. As the device’s bezels will likely continue to decrease in size, it may not result in the phone’s dimensions being that different.

The Bell acknowledges that it is still early in the phone’s development cycle. However, it says that since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster, the company has extended the amount of time it spends developing phones from six months to one year (a decision that could explain this).

The article also quotes an industry insider as saying that while it is possible the phone’s specs will change over the next year, it is unusual for the display size of a phone to change after it has been decided.

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This isn’t the first rumor we have heard about the Galaxy Note 10. Back in September, it was said that Samsung has reportedly given the phone the codename DaVinci. Meanwhile, just last week we heard that Samsung is considering removing the headphone jack from the device.

What are your thoughts on the news? Let us know in the comments.

Next up: Best phablets of 2018 — Which ones made our list?

Set your messages to private to avoid the latest alleged PS4 hack

Don’t let your console get bricked without warning.

PlayStation 4 users across the internet have reported being affected by an alleged hack that completely bricks their consoles. According to these reports and this Reddit thread surrounding the matter, this hack is occurring when people receive a message on their account. Sony has yet to officially comment on the matter, but there are safeguards you can take in the mean time to prevent one of these messages from reaching your console.

Set your messages to private

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Account Management.
  3. Select Privacy Settings.
  4. Select Personal Info/Messaging.
  5. Select Messages.
  6. Choose Friends Only or, even better, No One.
  7. Confirm your selection.

By setting your messaging preferences to Friends Only or No One, you won’t be able to receive the alleged hacked messages going around. Though some people have reported that they can delete these messages from the mobile app on iOS or Android, others have reported that this does not circumvent the problem. Your best bet it to stop it before it happens.

If you’re one of the unlucky people already affected by this issue, you may need to factory reset your console.

Factory reset through Safe Mode

  1. Turn off your console.
  2. Hold down the power button for several seconds until it beeps twice.
  3. Select Initialize PS4 on the Safe Mode screen.

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MIUI info hub: Everything you should know about Xiaomi’s Android skin

MIUI on Mi Mix 2s.

Whether you just got a Xiaomi phone for the first time or are die-hard Mi fan, you’ll have interacted with MIUI.

The company’s take on Android is now on its tenth iteration, delivering a host of features and tweaks over the years. From updates and guides to new features and more, this is our one-stop shop for everything MIUI.

What is MIUI?

Simply put, MIUI is the theme Xiaomi has slapped on top of Android, adding a new visual style and more features to pure Android.

MIUI was actually Xiaomi’s first product, launching back in 2010 before the brand had any phones to go with it. The Android skin now has tens of millions of users, and while it hasn’t quite shed the iOS-inspired aesthetics, it offers plenty of features.

Which phones come with MIUI?

MIUI is largely designed with Xiaomi’s products in mind, with each of its phones running the software — except for the Android One-toting Mi A1 and Mi A2. The Pocophone F1, made by Xiaomi sub-brand Pocophone (or Poco in India), uses a version of MIUI that takes a few cues from stock Android.

The company and its community have also encouraged MIUI on other smartphones in the early years, but Xiaomi keeps a tight hold on its Android skin these days.

Keen to buy a MIUI-equipped phone? Then you can check out our recent Xiaomi reviews below:

Major features through the years

The Xiaomi Mi 4S.

MIUI has made tons of headway since launching roughly eight years ago, and it now has a rather comprehensive list of features.

Xiaomi is one of the first brands to come up with the idea of a phone management app (back in MIUI 5), serving as one place for functions like antivirus scanning, storage management, and battery saving features. Now, we see the likes of Samsung adopting this phone hub idea.

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Another noteworthy feature popularized by the brand (and Huawei) is the ability to download themes from a dedicated store. This is a feature stock Android still technically lacks, as you can download icon/font packs but there isn’t an entire theme store.

The early years of MIUI also introduced a few more solid features, such as a built-in data saver (MIUI 7), one-handed mode for big phones (MIUI 6), and a permission manager (MIUI 5/6). The last few years have also seen plenty of improvements.

MIUI 8

The arrival of MIUI 8 arguably heralded the biggest change for Xiaomi’s platform yet. Prominent features include scrolling screenshot support, a quick ball navigation setting for accessibility, and the second space feature to create a second profile on the phone.

We also saw the dual apps feature (allowing users to run two messaging accounts on one phone), a power-saving mode, an overhauled gallery app, a more vibrant visual design, and new fonts.

MIUI 9

We saw this update first hit phones in late 2017, delivering swipe gestures for navigation. These aped Apple’s iPhone X, as you swipe up from the bottom to go home and swipe laterally to go back.

Other than these gestures, MIUI 9 also brought “dynamic resource allocation” for better system performance, a smart assistant, and an improved notification shade.

MIUI 10

The most recent version is MIUI 10, which launched a few weeks ago. Some of the more prominent features include a redesigned recents menu and portrait mode for phones with single cameras.

MIUI tips and tricks

Xiaomi’s Android skin is pretty easy to understand, but it certainly holds more its fair share of secrets. We show you how to master the platform — check out our guides below.

If you have any MIUI questions, comments, or recommendations, sound off in the comments!