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Xiaomi unveils MIUI 12 key features and list of eligible devices

27 April 2020 0

Xiaomi has announced MIUI 12, the latest iteration of its custom Android skin that will become available for select existing and all future devices. It was unveiled at the same event where it took wraps off the Mi 10 Youth Edition but for some reason, the new phone will arrive with MIUI 11. It seems like the new skin is still in the early development phase and is not ready for prime time.

As one would expect, MIUI 12 is packed with changes related to performance as well as the aesthetic aspect. Animations have been one of the key highlights of MIUI and with the new version, Xiaomi is touting new MIUI 12 animations to be as good as the ones on Apple's iOS. The team has revamped all of the system animations right from launching/exiting apps to locking/unlocking the phone and even accessing the recent apps interface. Similarly, Live wallpapers have been tweaked to offer a more immersive experience when a user interacts with them.

The user interface itself has been revamped to give it a flat look. It has also been made a lot cleaner so that users can focus on what's important instead of getting overwhelmed by the clutter. The focus is also on privacy as there are a few new features aimed at ensuring data privacy and safety of users. One such feature is Flare that will keep a log of all the sensitive app permissions and information accessed by apps on the device. It will even show alerts whenever an app would be using a camera, microphone, or GPS on your device.

The next feature is Barbed Wire where a user gets the freedom to choose whether to provide access to location, camera or microphone only once, all the time or only while using the app. The third and last major feature is called Mask System that masks all sensitive information like calendar, call logs, IMEI number, and contacts. One can even create a fake identity to share with apps they would not trust with their genuine information. Other noteworthy features include Multi-window support, Picture-in-Picture mode, AI calling, native sleep tracker, and exercise monitoring.

MIUI 12 Eligible Devices

Xiaomi is known for upgrading even the oldest of devices to the new MIUI version, even though they are unlikely to get all the new features. Over 30 devices have been included in the MIUI 12 eligible devices list but we can expect to see more phones getting added in the future. These listed phones have been grouped into different categories that are listed below.

By the end of June 2020:

  • Mi 10 Pro
  • Mi 10
  • Mi 10 Youth Edition
  • Mi 9 Pro 5G
  • Mi 9
  • Mi 9 Transparent Edition
  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K30
  • Redmi K20 Pro
  • Redmi K20 5G
  • Redmi K20

In two batches:

  • Mi MIX 3
  • Mi MIX 2S
  • Mi CC9 Pro
  • Mi CC9
  • Mi CC9 Meitu Edition
  • Mi 9 SE
  • Mi 8 In-display Fingerprint Edition
  • Mi 8
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
  • Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Redmi Note 7

Third batch:

  • Mi CC9e
  • Redmi Note 3
  • Mi MAX 3
  • Mi 8 Youth Edition
  • Mi 8 SE
  • Mi MIX 2
  • Mi 6X
  • Redmi Note 8
  • Redmi 8
  • Redmi 8A
  • Redmi 7
  • Redmi 7A
  • Mi 6 Pro
  • Mi 6
  • Redmi 6A
  • Redmi Note 5
  • Redmi S2

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