Announced back at MWC 2016, the Xiaomi Mi 5 isn’t exactly the Chinese company’s newest flagship smartphone; that title goes to the Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, and of course, the Mi Mix. Surprisingly enough, however, the Mi 5 would be the first Xiaomi device to be updated to MIUI 8 based on Android 7.0 Nougat.
Although MIUI 8 is already available on certain Xiaomi devices – such as the Mi Mix – it’s actually based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The upcoming MIUI 8 update for the Mi 5, on the other hand, is based on the newer Android 7.0 Nougat update. Based on released screenshots of the upcoming update, battery life and performance of the Mi 5 seem to improve quite a bit.
Xiaomi also announced that it is currently looking for Global Beta testers for the following devices: Mi 5, Mi Max, as well as the Redmi 3S/Prime. If you’re keen to join the program, you can do so here; registration will be closed tomorrow on the 30th of November.
It’s great to see that Xiaomi is dedicated to updating the Mi 5 to the latest version of Android despite not being the company’s latest flagship. Now that the Mi 5 is set to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat soon – along with a recent price cut – the affordable flagship is that much more compelling now.
(Source: MIUI Forum)