Two of Xiaomi’s most popular Android smartphones were recently launched. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was launched in China with MIUI 9/Android 8.1 Oreo. The Android Oreo-based MIUI update for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro leaked back in April. With the introduction of Android P, Xiaomi released a near-stock build of Android P for the Mi Mix 2S. While we still aren’t sure what the next version of MIUI will look like, it appears that an upcoming version of MIUI 9 will bring a redesign to the lock screen, notifications, recent apps, quick settings, volume panel, and more. Version 8.5.11 of MIUI 9 has leaked online for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 & 2S (based on Android 8.0 Oreo) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (based on Android 8.1 Oreo).
The screenshots above are from MIUI 9 (build 8.5.11) on the Mi Mix 2S. As you can see, there’s a new design in a lot of system UI components. The Quick Settings has adopted round toggles just like we have in the latest Android P Developer Preview. Even the notifications are more rounded and card-like, which is another thing we have in Android P. The volume panel is now a vertical bar on the right-side of the screen, also like Android P. The recent apps list has also been changed from a horizontal view to a 2×2 card view. MIUI traditionally doesn’t look much like stock Android, so this is an interesting development. Below is a video showing off the interface changes, courtesy of @XiaomiUI.
The MIUI 9 8.5.11 builds are available to download for the devices below. These builds come courtesy of FunkyHuawei.club‘s automated page for scraping MIUI nightlies for certain Xiaomi devices. In order to install the latest build for one of the devices, you’ll need to have an unlocked bootloader.
Do you think this is a good look for the future of MIUI? Are you a fan of the new style?
Screenshots and video credits: @XiaomiUI