Xiaomi Oreo update: When will Android 8.0 roll out?

Xiaomi Oreo update

Xiaomi is one of the best Android OEMs out there. Their hold in China is well known, but they are equally well-performing in another large market for smartphone, India, where the most sold device is theirs only, the Redmi Note 4. As a result, Xiaomi is now releasing its new handsets sooner than ever in India.

But can they match the solid hardware they offer on their devices with equally swift rollout of Oreo update, the latest Android OS right now? Let’s find out.

Xiaomi Android 8.0 update list

Xiaomi has an impressive list of hardware, with nice value for money handsets being offered from budget-range to mid-range. But their software updates are not that cool. Sure, they can release their proprietary UI, the MIUI, for larger no of devices, but the said MIUI version is not guaranteed to bring the same Android OS version for all devices.

For example, their latest version, MIUI 9, is based on Android 7.1.1 for some devices (Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Xiaomi Mi 5c and Xiaomi Mi 6c), Android 7.1 for some (Xiaomi Mi Max 2, Xiaomi Mi 6 and Xiaomi Redmi 5), Android 7.0 on many, while even Android 6.0/5.0/4.4 on some.

So, just because they are providing MIUI 9 or MIUI 10 on your device doesn’t mean you are receiving Oreo update. It really depends on which Android version the given MIUI software version packs for your device.

For older devices like Redmi 2, the MIUI 9 is available at the moment, but it gets you only Android 4.4 — to be fair though, you can many, many features that aren’t or weren’t available on Android 4.4, and thus they deserve credit to support old devices with latest version MIUI, even though it is based on Android OS released way back in 2013.

So, with that in mind, let’s check out which Xiaomi devices will get Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Device Oreo Update Eligibility Expected Release Date
Xiaomi Mi 4s Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi 5 Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi 5c Eligible Q3 2018
Xiaomi Mi 5s Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi 5X Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi 6 Eligible Q3 2018
Xiaomi Mi 6C Eligible Q3 2018
Xiaomi Mi A1 Eligible December 2017
Xiaomi Mi Max Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Eligible Q3 2018
Xiaomi Mi Mix Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Eligible Q3 2018
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Not eligible
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Eligible Q3 2018
Xiaomi Redmi 3 Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 3s Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 3x Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 4 (4X) Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Eligible Q4 2018
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Prime Eligible Q4 2018
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Eligible Q4 2018
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (MediaTek) Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Not eligible
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Eligible Q3 2018
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime Eligible Q3 2018
Xiaomi Redmi Pro Not eligible

The above is a list of Xiaomi devices that should be receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update.

If your device is not mentioned in the list above, then probably it’s not gonna receive Oreo OTA from Xiaomi. It might receive MIUI 10 as an update, but it may be based on Nougat (Android 7.0/7.1.1), but not Oreo.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Oreo update

Expected release date: Q3 2108

The Mi 6 is company’s flagship device, that is powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. It came with Android 7.1.1 pre-installed and is an ideal candidate for Oreo OTA.

However, if you thought it would be easily become the first Xiaomi device to run Android 8.0, you’re not as well acquainted with Xiaomi as you are with other OEMs. Sure, for other OEMs, their current flagship receive the 8.0 as OTA before next year’s flagship is released, but not with Xiaomi.

Take an example of Samsung Oreo update: They would release Android 8.0 on their current flagship, the Galaxy S8, this year, thus making it their first device to run 8.0. While, their next flagship the Galaxy S9 would also released with Android 8.0 (or then current OS version pre-installed) but it clearly won’t be the first device to run Oreo, as that would be the S8 (or Galaxy Note 8).

in case of Xiaomi though, it’s safe to bet they won’t release the Oreo until Q3 2018, which means that their next flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 7, would be released by then, and they would surely want to give it an advantage in software by making it available with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed, making it their first device to run 8.0. As also MIUI 10, which would have Android 8.0 underneath for Xiaomi latest releases, mostly those in year 2018, but the same MIUI 10 would run Android 7.0 or 7.1.1 underneath for devices released in 2017 or 2016.

That’s how Xiaomi rolls. 

Though, as far as Mi 6 is concerned, we think they would release MIUI for Mi 6, but only by the end of Q3 2018.

Xiaomi Mi 6C Oreo

The device exists in rumors only at the moment, but expect it launch with Android 7.1.1 on-board pretty soon. While, as regards Android 8.0 OTA, the Mi 6C should have one rolling out as for itself, likely as MIUI 10, but only in Q4 2017. Xiaomi has not revealed its Oreo plans for any device yet, but while we can be sure of Mi 6 Oreo, that’s not the case with Mi 6C, as Xiaomi’s lower-specced variants do not get much software update love. All in all, chances of Mi 6C Oreo rollout are not that good as that of Mi 6 itself.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Oreo update

Expected release date: Q3 2018

The Mi Mix 2 is company’s latest flagship device, one that runs on Android 7.1.1 at the moment. The Android 8.0 update is only natural next big release for the device, and it should be rolling out for the Mi Mi2 when Xiaomi has one ready.

The Mi Mix 2 could see its Oreo OTA become available along with Xiaomi Mi 6, as these two are expected to be the first two devices from Xiaomi to get Oreo as an OTA, even though we could already see Mi 7 come pre-installed with Oreo.

Xiaomi Mi Mix Oreo update

Expected release date: Not eligible

Launched with Marshmallow, the Android Nougat is the best you could think for the Mi Mix, no matter how much impactful the device is. Today’s nearly all OEMs have a bezel-less flagship, which just shows how much cool Mi Mix was.

It’s only sad that Mi Mix doesn’t look like featuring in Android 8.0 plans of the company. That’s very harsh, because OEMs usually do update their last year’s flagships with latest Android OS update: you can take Galaxy S7 as an example, which should receive Oreo by the end of April-May 2018.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Oreo update

Expected release date: December 2017

The MI A1 is a Xiaomi Mi 5X in disguise, one that retains the same hardware, but shreds the MIUI skin favor of stock UI, as it’s part of the Google’s Android One program that also includes Moto X4 and HTC One Life.

Now, the interesting thing here is, being an Android One device, the Mi A1 would receive Android Oreo update directly from Google itself, which in itself makes sure that you would see Mi A1 run Android Oreo before the likes of flagship devices like Galaxy S8, HTC U11, etc., possibly.

You could argue that given the faster Oreo rollout by Google, Mi A1 becomes first Xiaomi device to run Oreo: and you’re right, except that it still won’t become the first device to run Xiaomi’s Oreo update, which could come to Mi 7 as MIUI 10. In case you’re wondering, the Mi A1 won’t receive MIUI 9 or MIUI 10 as an update, at least officially.

Xiaomi Mi 5X Oreo Update

Expected release date: Q3 2018

The Mi 5X has the hardware that makes it capable for Android Oreo. And, as it runs Android 7.1.1 out of the box, even if Xiaomi releases only one Android OS version update for the device, that would have to be Android 8.0.

That makes Xiaomi Mi 5X one hundred percent eligible for Oreo.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

With Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, the Mi 5 is a cable phone that can run Oreo easily. But we doubt Xiaomi would take the device up for Oreo preparation. It’s more likely that it would release the MIUI 10 update to the Mi 5, but only on Android 7.0, or Android 7.1.1.

You can look at the Mi 4, and how its software updates rolled out, to get an idea of Xiaomi treats it Mi series with updates. That the Mi 5 was launched with Marshmallow, and has already been updated to Nougat, doesn’t serve its Oreo chances very well.

Xiaomi Mi 5C Oreo update

Launched with Android 7.1 on-board, as recently as March 2017, the Android 8.0 update looks very likely for the Mi 5C. After all, the 8.0 upgrade is only one level up for Android 7.1, and is a natural first big update for the Mi 5C.

Expect the Mi 5C Oreo update to release as MIUI 10 sometime in Q3 2018.

Oreo update for Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, Mi 5 Pro and Mi 5 Prime

Oh boy! If you own either of these devices are looking up the Internet for Oreo release, well you’re going to be disappointed as we really do not think that these devices, all of which launched with Android 6.0 OS out of box, do not look like a part of Xiaomi’s Oreo plans.

Xiaomi is well-known for providing only one major Android OS update that involves change in version, hence, if you the next update on their devices, you better buy the one with latest Android OS version. Otherwise, you are better off buying your next Android phones from a company like Nokia, who promised Oreo update for all of its current lineup, and that includes low-end segment device like Nokia 3 and Nokia 5. Not only that, they have also promised Android 9.0 for these two devices, along with Nokia 6 and Nokia 8.

Xiaomi Mi 4 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

We have the Mi5 and its several variant above that won’t see Oreo OTA rollout, so there is clearly no chance that Xiaomi would even consider once of preparing an 8.0 update for Mi 4 users, whichever variant you talk about.

So, all of these devices would not get Oreo update: Mi 4, Mi 4i, Mi 4s and Mi 4c. And even Xiaomi Mi 3.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Q3 2018

Xiaomi used to power-pack the Mi Note devices with one of the best processor from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series, but for the Mi Note 3, they went with the bets in 600 series right now, the SD660 chipset.

With 6GB of RAM, SD660 processor at heart, and running Android 7.1 since day one, the Mi Note 3 is one of the best phablet devices in Xiaomi Android 8.0 update list that can sought if you want Xiaomi’s hardware with promise of Oreo update (probably as MIUI 10).

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

It’s a device that’s powered by awesome Snapdragon 821 chipset, the one that powered Google Pixel and OnePlus 5 sets too, the two devices among which one has already been updated to Oreo (Pixel), while other is in the course of, shortly (OnePlus 5).

It’s only pity then, that Xiaomi is yet to even launch the Nougat update for the Mi Note 2, as stable version (it’s available as beta ROM). Anyway, the point is, given the software record for the Mi Note 2, it’s hard to expect Xiaomi delivering an Oreo OTA for the device.

It does feel cruel to know this, as we usually see OEMs support more devices — as an example, have a look at our LG Oreo update page.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Oreo Update

Expected release date: Q4 2018

Both of the Redmi Note 5A variants are expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo update. The rollout of 8.0 update would take time, but we’re hopeful these devices would get an update from Android 7.0 to Android 8.0.

Whether you own the Redmi Note 5A or the Redmi Note 5A Prime, you should see Xiaomi send you an update notification for the Android 8.0 sometime in Q4 2018.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

The most popular Xiaomi device to date, the Redmi Note 4 claims about 5 million users in India alone. but here’s some hard truth, this extremely popular handset that is easily spottable anywhere you go won’t be receiving an update to Oreo, given Xiaomi’s track record of software updates.

Mind you, Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed the Oreo eligible devices yet, so there is a chance that they make an exception for their most user-favorite device, but as the device was launched with Android 6.0, and has been given the Nougat treatment as an upgrade, chances are more than not of Redmi Note 4 missing out on Android 8.0.

Xiaomi would roll out MIUI 10 as an update for sure for the Redmi Note 4, but it would be based on 7.0 or 7.1.1, not 8.0, we think.

The Redmi Note 4 was released in China with a MediaTek processor, but they released it with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor outside China, where they also released a Redmi Note 4X. Anyway, the above applies to all variants of the Redmi Note 4, so whether it’s 4X, or simply the 4, there is much lesser chance of Oreo update, as discussed in above paras in detail.

Given the fact Xiaomi’s local competitor Huawei would release Oreo for its popular handsets from 2016, it looks very bad on Xiaomi part. Check out other devices in the Huawei Android 8.0 supported list here.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

The Redmi Note 3 is another popular device from Xiaomi that won’t get the Oreo update.

Xiaomi could come up with MIUI 10 for the device, but that would be based on lower Android version than 8.0 for sure.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

The Redmi series without the Note in the name represents Xiaomi’s low-budget series, one that hasn’t receive much love from the company, kinda ever.

There is no sugar-coating the fact that Redmi 4 owners should not expect the company to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo update.

This applies to all Redmi 4 variants: Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 4 Prime and Redmi 4X.

Oh BTW, there is good chance Xiaomi would release the MIUI 10 update for the Redmi 4 sets, but which one gets it and which one misses it among the many variants is anyone’s guess.

Xiaomi Redmi 3 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

Short and quick: Xiaomi Redmi 3 and its variants are not under the plans for Android 8.0. Yep, that’s it.

Will Redmi 3 get MIUI 10, right? Well, it looks likely because Xiaomi is kind with updating old devices with its new UI, which isn’t much exactly.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Q4 2018

Xiaomi’s Mi Max 2 can easily be termed as the Android device with maximum battery life, thanks to it housing one of the largest battery in business, as well as Xiaomi’s battery-preserving MIUI software.

As the device was launched with Nougat, we are hopeful of Xiaomi releasing the Oreo update for the Mi Max 2. There has been no confirmation till now from the company, so a very, very late release, probably in Q4 2018, looks to be on the cards.

Xiaomi Mi Max Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

The Mi Max has seen a jump from 6.0 to 7.0, which fills up its quota of one major Android update policy that Xiaomi follows to heart, whether you like it or not.

Xiaomi likes to keep its devices updated with new iterations of MIUI custom skin, which it takes care of for large no. of devices — even without improving on the Android version underneath the MIUI software, which is why you can find MIUI 9 — current version of the MIUI — to be based on 7.0 for one device, 7.1.1 for another, while even 6.0 or 5.0 on some old handsets.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Oreo Update

Expected release date: Not eligible

There is one strange thing about Mi pad specs if you carefully peruse their official pages over at mi.com. They do not have their Android OS version listed on the very pages where on totally expects them to be.

This is actually our window into Xiaomi’s vision of software for their Mi Pad tablets, which says: we don’t care about software version on these tablets, and you shouldn’t either. Now, this is exactly why we don’t think Xiaomi would update the Mi pad 3 to Oreo.

FYI, the Mi Pad 3 comes with Android Nougat installed, and thus totally deserves Oreo, but Xiaomi looks like giving any thoughts about Android OS updates for tablets.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Oreo

No chance, see the paras above to know why. Long story short, though: Xiaomi doesn’t care about software updates for tablets.

Xiaomi devices not eligible for Oreo

Here’s a list of Xiaomi devices that are not plan of Oreo release by the company.

  • Xiaomi Mi 1S
  • Xiaomi Mi 2
  • Xiaomi Mi 2A
  • Xiaomi Mi 2S
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
  • Xiaomi Mi 4s
  • Xiaomi Mi 5c
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
  • Xiaomi Mi Note Plus
  • Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 2
  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 3
  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2A
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3x
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 (4X)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro

Do let us know of your thoughts about Xiaomi software update strategy, which most consists of only one major Android OS update per device, whether that be their flagship device, or a mid-ranger.

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