Xiaomi recently announced the China-specific variant of the Mi 10 Lite 5G that was launched in Europe last month. The new smartphone is called the Mi 10 Youth Edition, and is the fourth addition to the Mi 10 line-up after the, Mi 10 Lite 5G, Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. At the same event, the brand also announced the latest version of its proprietary Android interface called MIUI 12.
Notably, MIUI 12 is a major upgrade over MIUI 11, despite being based on the same Android 10 interface. Some of the upgraded features include an AI phone assistant with AI calling and support for dialing, privacy improvements, UI overhaul, and more. Xiaomi has also released a list of Mi and Redmi smartphones which will receive the latest MIUI 12 update.
If you are wondering what new features MIUI 12 brings to the table, and whether your Xiaomi smartphone will receive it, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled the best features of MIUI 12, along with the list of smartphones eligible for the update.
MIUI 12 best features
- Refreshed design and new animations
- Dynamic weather
- New gestures
- Improved privacy
- AI calling
- Xiaomi Health
- Dark Mode 2.0
Refreshed design, new animations and wallpapers
The Android 10-based MIUI 12 uses Xiaomi’s proprietary physical animation engine, using which the company has improved several aspects of the aesthetics with smoother curves as well as real-world light and shadows, advanced colour mixing, real-time blur, better anti-aliasing rounded corners, improved curvature matching the phone’s display, curves, and dynamic rounded corners.
Xiaomi has also revamped every animation in MIUI, including opening and closing of apps, recents menu, and more. The company has also included brand new wallpapers and AOD screens in MIUI 12, including a Super Zoom Live Mars wallpaper.
Xiaomi has upgraded the weather app in MIUI 12, which is now called Dynamic Weather. The weather app on MIUI 12 now shows realistic weather conditions based on the weather in your location. You can see weather elements such as sunshine, breeze, rain, snow, hail and more with realistic visuals.
With MIUI 12, Xiaomi is also introducing new gestures for navigation as well as other tasks. The latest software from the brand comes with a new Android 10-like gesture navigation system, which requires users to swipe up from the bottom to go to home, recents, and back. Xiaomi has also added some proprietary gestures to enable users to multitask efficiently.
To illustrate, users can now slide down on any notification to pop it out in a floating window. This will enable them to continue using their current app, while responding to notifications like a text simultaneously. Users can also directly interact with a notification from the notification panel.
Xiaomi also emphasised the new privacy features that have been integrated into the latest software update. Apparently, MIUI 12 is the first system software to come with a TUV Rheinland certification. The new update brings massive updates to security and privacy for Xiaomi phones.
The software now has a Flare feature, which will notify users any time an app accesses crucial information, including access to the microphone, camera, storage, gallery, location, or any other important aspect. Notably, this is already present in Android 10, but Xiaomi had removed it from MIUI 11 for some reason.
There’s also Barbed Wire, which only grants permissions to apps when it’s absolutely necessary, thus protecting your privacy. To save users data from suspicious websites, MIUI 12 comes with a new virtual identity feature called Mask System that provides a virtual identity to apps or websites. This, in turn, helps the software to conceal the real data of the user, and users can choose which data can be shown to such websites or apps.
One of the major features added to MIUI 12 is the Accessibility feature in the form of an AI calling assistant. This is similar to Google’s call screening feature that was first introduced with the Google Pixel 3. Xiaomi revealed that it has been testing AI phone assistant for six months, and during this period the feature answered four million calls for closed beta users. The same feature has been included in MIUI 12 as AI Calling.
The feature will allow users to set either automatic or manual call answering. Users can also select the language in which they want their calls to be answered. Once set up, the AI Calling feature can screen calls, respond to the caller in the language you chose, transcribe the call conversation on the screen in real-time and more. Needless to say, it’s a very helpful feature for people with hearing disorders.
With MIUI 12, Xiaomi is also focusing more on user health with an all-new dedicated Health app in the interface. Xiaomi says that the proprietary Health app uses self-developed “AI motion behaviour perception algorithm”, which allows it to accurately record health data and also save power at the same time.
The company also claims that if you sleep with a MIUI 12 device on your pillow, the phone will be able to accurately track your sleep pattern. It will show data like what time you fell asleep, sleep duration, duration of deep sleep, and whether you had dreams or snored.
Dark Mode 2.0
Xiaomi has also upgraded the system-wide dark mode in the latest software. The all-new Dark Mode 2.0 brings wallpaper dimming to Xiaomi phones. This feature basically dims the wallpaper gradually by detecting when its daylight or night time outside, to make it easier on eyes.
Xiaomi has also changed the way the font appears in dark mode. While switching from light to dark mode, MIUI 12 will automatically adjust the weight and boldness of the font to reduce glare. The software will also adjust the font contrast depending upon the ambient lighting, thus making the text more legible. Xiaomi claims that Dark Mode 2.0 is also better implemented across the system and third-party apps.
List of Supported Devices
Xiaomi has announced that a total of 42 smartphones will get the Chinese version of the MIUI 12. There’s no word on the global rollout of the latest software yet. The list issued by Xiaomi is missing some of the latest smartphones from the brand, however, this is a list of devices that will receive the update in China.
The global rollout list will include many more smartphones including the Redmi Note 9 Pro series and Redmi Note 6 Pro series. Xiaomi has announced that the stable MIUI 12 rollout will begin in June 2020 and closed beta testing is already live for Chinese users.
List of Supported Redmi Devices
There are quite a few Redmi smartphones, which will receive the MIUI 12 in China. Here is the list of Redmi smartphones that will receive the update in June, and those that will receive it later on.
MIUI 12 rollout in June 2020
- Redmi K30 Pro Zoom
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Redmi K30 5G
- Redmi K30
- Redmi K20 Pro Premium
- Redmi K20 Pro
- Redmi K20
MIUI 12 rollout date to be decided
- Redmi Note 8 Pro
- Redmi Note 8
- Redmi Note 7 Pro
- Redmi Note 7
- Redmi 8
- Redmi 8A
- Redmi 7
- Redmi 7A
- Redmi 6 Pro
- Redmi 6
- Redmi 6A
- Redmi Note 5
- Redmi S2
List of Supported Mi Devices
As for the list of Mi smartphones that will receive the update in China, phones as old as Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and Mi 6X are on the list. Here’s the list of all Mi smartphones in China that are eligible for the MIUI 12 update.
MIUI 12 rollout in June 2020
- Xiaomi Mi 10,
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9
MIUI 12 rollout date to be decided
- Xiaomi Mi CC9E
- Xiaomi Mi Note 3
- Xiaomi Mi Max 3
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
- Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
- Xiaomi Mi 6X