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MIUI 13 update – features, device list, release date and everything else we know so far

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If you own a Xiaomi phone, you likely use MIUI – it’s the company’s Android overlay that changes the software’s appearance and adds a few new features. MIUI 13 is the next version, and rumors abound that it’s coming pretty soon.

Currently, the company’s newest phones like the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra use MIUI 12; launched in May 2020, its new features included an app drawer, improved dark mode and an Ultra Battery Saver Mode, amongst other things, so it was a fairly big improvement.

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Even though MIUI 12.5 is still being pushed to Xiaomi smartphones, the MIUI 13 features, release date, download, and qualifying devices list have begun to circulate the internet. The upcoming custom Android skin, which will replace last year’s MIUI 12.5, is currently in the works. The Xiaomi MIUI 13 update is scheduled to be released in the second quarter, as have previous versions, and will be compatible with phones manufactured in 2019 or later. In terms of MIUI 13 functionality, it is expected to include optimized animations, new themes, wallpapers, and a slew of security enhancements, among other items.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Release date is tipped to be June 25th
  • The new custom skin is expected to come with a handful of improvements over last year’s MIUI 12.5
  • Features may include optimised animations, new themes, wallpapers, and plenty of security improvements 

MIUI 13 release date

The MIUI 13 release date is apparently set for June 25th, according to reports. The update is likely to be announced in China first, followed by other regions including India. There is no word on MIUI 13 release date in India yet, obviously. However, looking at Xiaomi’s past track record, the update could take around 2-3 months to reach India. MIUI 12, to recall, was originally announced in May but was only made available in the country in August.

MIUI 13 update and download

The MIUI 13 update will be released in stages, as is customary. The brand will initially distribute the beta version of the update to a small number of consumers, followed by the stable version for all compatible devices. The timetable for the MIUI 13 update release is currently unknown.

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Features

Features list is too short at the moment to tell whether the update be a major upgrade or just an iterative of last year’s custom skin. Among the few that are rumoured so far include optimised animations to improve the overall experience of the new custom Android skin from Xiaomi. The update is also expected to come with design changes, enhanced touch sensitivity, advanced privacy options, native screen recording support, improved battery performance, new gestures, and enhanced notifications panel, among other things.

MIUI 13 features (rumoured)

  • Improved in User Interface
  • Optimised Animations
  • Enhanced Touch sensitivity
  • Improved Scrolling screenshot
  • Native screen recording support
  • New Theme designs and improved gestures
  • Enhanced Always on Display
  • Scheduling option for Airplane mode 
  • Improved Notification panel for Social media apps for faster Reply and enhanced experience
  • More flexible storage experience
  • Fast charging improvements
  • New power saving mode to improve battery performance
  • Enhanced Notification system for managing older and newer notifications

MIUI 13 could also bring Android 12 features such as Media Transcoding, new unified API, and wallpaper-based theming, to compatible Xiaomi mobile phones. Click here to know about the upcoming Android 12 features.

MIUI 13: eligible devices

The rumoured MIUI 13 eligible device list so far includes:

  • Mi 11 series
  • Mi 10 series
  • Mi Fold
  • Redmi Note 10 series
  • Redmi Note 9 series
  • Mi MIX Alpha
  • Redmi K40 series
  • Redmi K30 series
  • Redmi K20 series
  • Redmi 9 series
  • Redmi 10X series
  • POCO X3 series
  • POCO X2
  • POCO M2 series
  • POCO X2 Pro/ POCO X2 Pro
  • Black Shark 3 series
  • Black Shark 2 series

While Xiaomi is known to roll out a new software update to devices as old as four years, rumours are rife that it has decided to skip MIUI 13 for its 2019’s flagships Mi 9 and Mi MIX 3, as well as last year’s mid-rangers like the Redmi Note 8 series and the Redmi 8 lineup.