The Mi 5X was launched internationally as the Android One Mi A1. While the former runs MIUI, the Mi A1 runs pure Android. Since Mi A1 is an Android One device, it is scheduled to get Android 8.0 Oreo before any other Xiaomi phone.
Xiaomi has begun recruiting beta testers for Android 8.0 for the Mi A1. The deadline for the recruitment is December 11 at 11:59 PM Beijing time.
Interested participants can join the program via the MIUI Global Forum app. Basic information as well as the phone’s IMEI number will be requested. You will also be required to have a QQ account for communicating with other members when selected. However, mode of communication will be English.
While the recruitment is open to all parts of the world, only active members on the global forum will be selected.
Preview images of Android O running on a Mi A1 unit shows the update will come with December’s security patch. There is no mention yet as to when the beta build will begin rolling out to selected individuals, but we hope the stable release still makes it to devices this year.