Xiaomi has now confirmed the rollout of official Android Oreo-based MIUI update to the Redmi Note 5. The rollout has already begun and over the next two to three days, every Redmi Note 5 user in the country will be updated to the latest version of Android. Notably, the update adds several new features including Face Unlock, portrait mode for selfie camera and more. Xiaomi announced this news on MIUI Forums, confirmed that the Face Unlock feature would be available to the Redmi Note 5 users in Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. Users in other countries will have to wait a bit more to get the feature enabled from the house of Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Android Oreo Update Via MIUI v126.96.36.199.0
At the moment, the Redmi Note 5 users in India are on MIUI 9.5 built on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. In the next 2-3 days, they'll start receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update via MIUI v188.8.131.52.0. As mentioned above, the update brings in Face Unlock mode, selfie portrait mode and more importantly, it brings all the features of Android Oreo such as autofill passwords, adaptive icons and more.
Xiaomi also noted that camera algorithms have been updated and the Redmi Note 5 will now be able to capture better images than earlier. Image quality has been further optimised, stated Xiaomi in the MIUI blog post.
MIUI v184.108.40.206.0 is a Phased Rollout
Whenever Xiaomi rolls out a new update, it comes out in batches, so that if the OTA update has any bugs, the damage will be minimal. For example, Xiaomi gets to know about these bugs in the first batch of the rollout, then it will immediately stop the update and fix those bugs, then restarts the update rollout. Xiaomi follows the same procedure even for its Android One devices: Mi A1 and Mi A2.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Specifications and Features
The Redmi Note 5 arrived as a successor to the much popular Redmi Note 4 in India. Despite an upgraded version, the Note 5 brought in very minimal changes to table compared to its predecessor. The major change is the 5.99-inch Full HD+ display on the front with 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by the same Snapdragon 625 SoC and comes in two variants- 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB.
It has a single 12MP camera on the rear side along with a single 5MP shooter on the front side. The device came with MIUI 9-based on Android 7.1 Nougat, but it will soon receive MIUI v220.127.116.11.0 based on Android Oreo. The Redmi Note 5 has a 4000mAh battery inside.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is the Redmi 5 Plus in China
Xiaomi launched the Redmi 5 Plus in China back in December 2017. Later on, it brought the same device to India as Redmi Note 5 without any changes to the hardware. The only change was the naming convention. Alongside the Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which again was launched as Redmi Note 5 in China. Xiaomi seems to be all over the place with its naming scheme of late.