Xiaomi has rolled out new MIUI 18.104.22.168 Nightly update to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone, and this update brings the Face Unlock feature to the smartphone. Back at the launch event on February 14, Xiaomi promised that the Face Unlock would be coming to the Note 5 Pro (first impressions) in March. However, do make a note that the feature is rolled out to Nightly build users first, which is closed beta team. Our review unit is running the Nightly build itself, and it received the update right away. Alongside the Face Unlock feature, the update brings system optimisations as well.
Usually, Xiaomi rolls out Global Nightly Beta ROMs every Tuesday to the closed Beta testers. The Chinese company even recruits closed Beta testers for its devices on MIUI Forums. That said, after testing the features in Global Nightly Beta ROM first, Xiaomi will release them to the Global Beta ROM, and lastly they will make into the final Stable version of the ROM.
That said, the stable MIUI 9 ROM might receive the Face Unlock feature by the end of March as Xiaomi promised. Also, Xiaomi is yet to release the download links of Global Beta ROM and Stable ROM for the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The company might release them in the coming weeks.
In other news, Xiaomi today conducted the first-ever sale of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 5 smartphones on Mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Homes. Both the smartphones are already out of stock on both Mi.com and Flipkart, and the customers have queued in front of Mi Homes to purchase the smartphones. Xiaomi is yet to reveal the numbers of units it sold in the first sale, but expect it to be a huge number.
The company also confirmed that over two million customers had pressed the Notify Me button on Flipkart, which explains the popularity of the phones. For the unaware, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first smartphone with Snapdragon 636 SoC, and the Redmi Note 5 is the same Redmi Note 4 smartphone with an 18:9 display on the front.