MIUI 12 update launched for MI, Redmi users in India, check compatible phones, new features, and more | HT Tech

MIUI 12 update launched for MI, Redmi users in India, check compatible phones, new features, and more

The MIUI 12 update is now available for select Mi and Redmi smartphone users in India. From system-wide Dark Mode to revamped icons, check what is new in the latest update from Xiaomi.

| Updated on: Aug 12 2020, 20:15 IST
MIUI 12 interface
MIUI 12 interface (Xiaomi)

Xiaomi on Wednesday announced the roll-out of MIUI 12 custom ROM for its smartphone users in India. The first wave of the update will arrive on Mi 10, Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 7, and Redmi Note 7 Pro. The company will soon announce the MIUI 12 update roadmap for other Xiaomi phones in India.

As expected, the MIUI 12 update comes with a range of new features, optimisations across the UI, and improvements. Let's take a closer look at the top new features of MIUI 12.

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Interface updates

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MIUI 12 offers a visually revamped interface for Xiaomi smartphone users. It aims to bring a smoother experience and keep it minimalist at the same time. The update comes with system-wide animations and visualisations. The App drawer helps the interface automatically sort the applications by their categories. App launches are also said to be faster now on MIUI 12. It also brings the system-wide Dark Mode which can adjust automatically as per the ambient lighting.

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Apart from revamped icons, the calendar app has been updated to deliver better-designed cards for every important event. With the Super Wallpaper feature, MIUI 12 provides reconstructions of planetary landforms using NASA's official imagery. Users can set these as the home screen, lock screen and always-on display. The new weather app in MIUI 12 recreates the current climate in the UI.


The latest MIUI 12 update allows users to remove sensitive information such as location and metadata before sharing a picture with anyone. The feature also allows users to delete a screenshot automatically after sharing.


Xiaomi has introduced an ultra-battery saver mode which helps extend the phone's standby time and reduce power consumption. The company claims users can have an additional 5 hours of usage even at 5% battery with the ultra-battery saver. Users will have the flexibility to minimise and maximise any window of an app while on a different app using the floating windows, supported system-wide with all apps.

A preview of Dark Mode with MIUI 12 update
A preview of Dark Mode with MIUI 12 update (Xiaomi)
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A preview of Dark Mode with MIUI 12 update (Xiaomi)

Xiaomi's MIUI 12 also brings a built-in casting tool that is said to work with videos, games, images, docs and even apps. There is also a private casting mode wherein your private notification pop-ups will not be cast. Users can also minimize the casting window and user other apps on their smartphone simultaneously.

Magic clone

Exclusive to Mi 10, the Magic Clone feature enables users to create and make virtual doppelgangers images or video. Available under “More” in MIUI 12's Camera app, using this feature one can capture the same person up to four times at different intervals of time. The update also allows brings vlog mode and AI watermark on Mi 10 and other Xiaomi phones.

Commenting on the roll-out,  Muralikrishnan B - Chief Operating Officer, Xiaomi India, said, “At Xiaomi, we are constantly taking customer feedback into consideration and working towards pushing our software capabilities to offer a seamless user experience. From integrating Visual IVR with MIUI 7, dual support apps on MIUI 8, improved gesture shortcuts and AI face unlock with MIUI 9, MIUI has gone through numerous crucial updates. India specific features such as Panchang, Copy OTP, Smart IRCTC SMS, MIUI SMS Caller ID etc have been greatly appreciated by our Mi Fans. Features like these make MIUI stand out from the other flavours of Android.”

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First Published Date: 12 Aug, 12:57 IST