Xiaomi Announces MIUI 12.5 – New Features Explained

Yesterday’s event was not just about the Mi 11 as Xiaomi also announced the latest version of its android skin dubbed MIUI 12.5. It’s an incremental update to the MIUI 12 that brings some privacy enhancements, performance boost, and aesthetic changes onboard.

MIUI 12.5 Performance Enhancements

MIUI 12.5

When it comes to performance, MIUI 12.5 uses 20% fewer cores than before and 35% less background memory, reducing power consumption by 25%. MIUI 12.5 also offers an option to uninstall system apps, making MIUI much lighter, faster, and more efficient than before.

The MIUI Light Cone Motion Effect Architecture has also been refreshed with a dedicated thread for gestures and priority scheduling with an improved response time. The update also brought some improvisation to the UI animations making them much fluid than the MIUI 12.

Privacy

As far as privacy is concerned, Xiaomi has upped its game in user privacy, with some inspiration from iOS 14. MIUI 12.5 brings clipboard protection, sandbox mechanism, and Fuzzy Positioning onboard making it much more secure than any other custom android skin out there.

  • The Clipboard Protection will keep a log of every app and prompt users to know about apps that try to read the copied content. 
  • The Fuzzy Positioning will disguise a user’s location a few meters away from the exact location instead of revealing the exact location.
  • MIUI 12.5 will allow users to keep photos and data separate rather than allowing apps to access all of them using Sandbox Mechanism.
  • The browser will be able to block downloads from web pages it deems malicious, and will also prompt you about the websites with a possible threat. 
  • Privacy details for apps on Mi App Store.

Super Wallpapers

Xiaomi has introduced some new locations in MIUI 12.5 in addition to previously introduced Earth and Mars Super Wallpapers. One of them is the Snow Mountain taken from Mount Siguniang which day to night matching your local time. Also, Xiaomi has claimed that these Super Wallpapers now consume 40% less power on MIUI 12.5.

New Notification Sounds and Haptic Feedback

MIUI 12.5 brings some new notification sounds and improved haptic feedback. It now has new notification sounds from natural animals from four major habitats including the South American Rainforest, Australia, East African grassland, and the Arctic Circle. The new update will also offer stereo sound on compatible smartphones.

MIUI+

Well, MIUI+ is Xiaomi’s take on Samsung’s Dex. With MIUI+, one can get their smartphone’s notification on a PC, can continue to use the apps which are currently in use on your smartphone, and can copy the content from their smartphone to PC directly.

Initially, MIUI+ will be available in the beta phase for selected Xiaomi smartphones such as Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition, Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10, Mi 9 Pro 5G, Mi 9, Redmi K30 Ultra, Redmi K20 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro. Also, Xiaomi recommends using Mi and Redmi branded notebooks to experience the MIUI+ at its best since it might not work that well on other notebooks due to hardware limitations.

Mi Notes

Xiaomi has also updated its note-taking app in MIUI 12.5. Now you can now add quick mind notes and generate brain maps with just a single click. The Notes app on MIUI 12.5 also offers optimization for finger painting. There’s also a quick shorthand window if you want to quickly jot down notes.

MIUI 12.5 Compatible Smartphones

For now, Xiaomi has only announced the list of 21 smartphones which are eligible for the closed beta testing but we expect more smartphones to make their way to the list including smartphones from Xiaomi’s budget portfolio.

  • Mi 10 Pro
  • Mi 10 Ultra
  • Mi 10
  • Mi 10 Youth Edition
  • Redmi K30
  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K30 Pro 5G
  • Redmi K30i 5G
  • Redmi K30S Ultra
  • Redmi K30 Ultra
  • Mi 9
  • Mi 9 SE
  • Mi CC9e
  • Mi CC9 Pro
  • Redmi K20
  • Redmi K20 Pro
  • Redmi 10X 5G
  • Redmi 10X Pro 5G
  • Redmi Note 9 5G
  • Redmi Note 7
  • Redmi Note 7 Pro

MIUI 12.5 Release Date

Xiaomi has already started the closed beta testing for supported smartphones, with public beta scheduled to release sometime in January 2021. The stable version of MIUI 12.5 will be rolling out to compatible smartphones in April 2021.

Abhinav Kaustubh
Jack of all trades, master of none

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