Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are without a doubt two of the best budget phones on the market. The pair succeeds the Redmi 4 and, wait for it, the Redmi Note 4, respectively, which means chances of a Redmi Note 5 are slim, given that Redmi 5 Plus features a bigger display, which was the whole point behind the Redmi Note series.
Despite the huge promise they carry, the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus carry the Xiaomi brand, a name hasn’t made a name for itself because of software updates. For those who want to find out more about the Android 8.0 Oreo for Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus, this page has everything you need, including any other software updates info for the pair.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus Oreo update: When to expect
- No official confirmation yet
- Expect Oreo to roll out in Q3 2018
- The phones shouldn’t be short of Oreo custom ROMs in the near future.
- Xiaomi’s first Oreo build is out for the Mi 6 as a beta! Still, long way to go for the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus Oreo build, though!
As pointed out earlier, Xiaomi is not one of the revered brands when it comes to software updates. But like a few other Android OEMs, it has shown signs of life in the recent past — they are now testing Oreo beta for Mi Mix 2. While this doesn’t guarantee that the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus will indeed be updated to Android Oreo, given that there is no official confirmation about the update yet, Xiaomi record of updates as regards Redmi 4 still gives us some hope.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is the successor to the Redmi 4, which was released in May 2017 and came preinstalled with Android Marshmallow. But Xiaomi rolled out Nougat for the Redmi 4, meaning they do provide one Andriod OS version update to their Redmi sets, which is why we can be hopeful of Oreo for Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, too.
So, this does tell us is that the Redmi 5 should also be updated to the new Android 8.0 update at some point in future, probably somewhere in Q3 2018.
The story shouldn’t be different with the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, which, if we are right, is the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Given that the Redmi Note 4 did get an update to Android Nougat, you can rest assured that its successor in Redmi 5 Plus would also be updated to Oreo.
Oreo release for Remdi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus should arrive together, at the same time, but don’t be surprised if one pips another to Android 8.0 by a few weeks, because they do house a different processor underneath.
Update [January 14, 2018]: FYI, Xiaomi has begun rollout its first Oreo update, and it’s for only one device, the Mi 6. The updates comes as beta only, as this is the first ever rollout, and while it doesn’t mean much for the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus users, who shall expect the Android 8.0 OTA to become available only by the end of Q2 2018, it nevertheless shows Xiaomi is actively working on the Oreo build.
Competition: Given that Huawei is set to roll out Oreo for Honor 7X soon, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus’ main competitor handset, that should inspire Xiaomi to come up with their own 8.0 build sooner than later.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus Oreo update: What to expect
Xiaomi’s Oreo update is already rolling out to Mi A1, but credit for that goes to Google than Xiaomi for the most part. Moreover, some users are reporting issues with the Mi A1 Oreo update, so Xiaomi needs to act fast not only in fixing the issues with Oreo already rolled out, but also prepare to launch the 8.0 upgrade for more users, particularly the Mi6 and Mi Max 2.
On their own, the Chinese OEM is yet to roll out single Oreo OTA, so even when we consider they are now testing Android 8.0 for Mi Mix 2, they hardly deserve a pat on the back.
An update to Android Oreo will not only bring new features like picture-in-picture, Autofill, redefined Settings app, revamped notifications center, notification snooze, etc. stuff, but the pair will also get a new MIUI 10 skin, up from Nougat-based MIUI 9, and performance improvements.
The overall look and feel of the UI will be that of MIUI 10, as you won’t see the stock UI on Xiaomi’s Oreo, but there will be great under the hood enhancements and greater system stability that makes the update a must-have.