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MIUI, the custom user interface for Xiaomi smartphones based on Android operating system is one of the popular one out there. Although the company has received some flack because of its decision to introduce ads in the interface, it still tops the charts in various aspects
Today, the company has announced that there are 80 million active users of MIUI in India. The announcement was made by the company while teasing the arrival of the newest version of the user interface — MIUI 11.
The MIUI 11 is set to make its global debut today at a launch event in India where the Chinese company will also be launching the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphones — Xiaomi’s first device to come with a 64-megapixel quad-camera setup
The company has also revealed that the Redmi Note series smartphones from the company has over 100 million users. However, the numbers revealed are not India exclusive and counts users from across the world.
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The new operating system from the company, MIUI 11, is based on the latest Android 10. Here are the features of the newer version:
New Icons and smoother animations: With the latest MIUI 11, Xiaomi has tweaked the look of the icons found in the UI and they now have a minimalist yet appealing look. The company has also tweaked the animations which are slower in comparison to MIUI 10 but they now provide for a rich and immersive experience.
Ultra Power Saving Mode: This mode is meant for prolonging battery life when running out of charge. According to the company, while in this mode, a device can provide a battery backup of upto 24 hours with just 5% of battery. When this mode is turned on, the device turns off the Wi-Fi module, hides non-essential apps, turns the display colour to black/white whilst restricting background processes.
Kids Mode: It is meant for parents who want to create a safe digital environment for their kids. While in kids mode, the device will only be able to run applications that are whitelisted by their parent or guardian. Besides, it also has an education space which Xiaomi claims is an intuitive manner to teach young kids.
Casting to external display: It allows smartphones running on MIUI 11 to wirelessly cast onscreen content which includes games, videos, documents and other applications to TV, given the TV also supports this functionality
Digital Wellbeing: Device owners will be able to check how much time they spend on each application and if needed they can cut down the usage time in order to maintain a healthy mental and physical well-being.
Earthquake alerts: With the help of data provided by regional offices, devices running MIUI 11 can notify its owner in case of an ongoing earthquake or after one takes place. Moreover, it will also provide additional details like nearby relief centres and places to avail medical service in case of a mishap.
Android 10: While it is not necessary for every device running MIUI 11 to run on the latest Android 10, as the same skin could even be built on older versions of Android like Oreo or Pie. However, devices launched recently will get MIUI 11 based on Android 10.
Now, coming to the smartphones — Redmi Note 8 and its Pro variant, which are getting launched tomorrow in India. The Pro variant features a 6.5-inch Full HD dot notch display and is powered by the MediaTek G90T processor. It comes with up to 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. It runs Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 is powered by a 4500 mAh battery with 18W fast charging.
There’s a quad-camera setup featuring 64-megapixel sensor 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra-wide lens 2-megapixel macro lens 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front side, there’s a 20-megapixel shooter for taking selfies and video calling.
On the other hand, the Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch dot notch Full HD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset. It comes with a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a 48 MP primary sensor, an 8 MP 120-degree ultra-wide lens, a 2 MP macro lens, and a 2 MP depth camera for Portrait mode.
Coming to the front side, it features a 13 MP snapper with AI Beautify mode. It runs Android 9 Pie OS out of the box with the company’s own MIUI 10 on top but it could have MIUI 11 in India. The device is powered by a 4000 mAh battery and comes with 18W fast charging support.
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