Back in February at the global unveiling of MIUI 12.5, Xiaomi promised that global versions of its phones would start receiving this update in April or May. Among the devices in the first batch was the Mi 11, and today the company has kept its promise.
Following a rollout in China last month, MIUI 12.5 is now available for Mi 11 units in Europe. The new build that’s arriving over-the-air is labeled 188.8.131.52.RKBEUXM. The “EU” in the middle there tells you where it’s headed.
According to the changelog you can see in the screenshots above, you can expect instant gesture response and “20 times more rendering power”. There’s also a bold promise that “any phone becomes faster after the upgrade” thanks to custom device model adjustments. MIUI 12.5 is also said to be lighter, faster, and “more durable”, whatever that means.
Additionally, the Notes app is receiving huge improvements, with support for mind maps with complex structures, new tools for doodling and sketching, a gesture shortcut for creating notes, tasks, and excerpts anywhere – and speaking of that, excerpts save text, URLs, and images to the app in a few simple taps. Finally, dynamic layouts “bring the typography in Notes to a new level”.
As usual, the update might be rolling out in stages, so it could take a few days until all European Mi 11 units pop up the notification. You’re looking at a 656MB download, by the way, when this eventually does hit your phone. And after installation, you’ll have the April 2021 security patch level, which is already outdated – but that’s unfortunately been the case for most of Xiaomi’s recent updates.