Xiaomi, after releasing MIUI 9.2 update for the Redmi Note 3, has now started rolling out the MIUI 9.2 update for the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime.
The update for the third batch of devices was scheduled to roll out from December 2017. However, it was delayed because of a critical bug in the update. It seems that the company has now skipped the MIUI 9.0 update and is now rolling out MIUI 9.2 update directly.
The new update for the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S comes as MIUI 18.104.22.168.MALMIEK and is of around 376 MB in size. Unfortunately, the update is still based on Android Marshmallow only and the base version has not been updated to Android Oreo.
This update has April 2017 security patch, which is really old as the January 2018 update patch has been rolled out. Because of the older security patch, the device remains vulnerable to KRACK WPA2 which Xiaomi fixed in other devices including Redmi Note 3. However, do note that this is a Nightly build. China-based Xiaomi usually releases Stable Nightly updates to random users to get feedback and the same update is rolled out to all users as a Stable build if feedback goes well.
This latest MIUI update brings Interactive and Fresh UI changes, along with a new Gallery App, Calendar Cards, App Vault, Mi Video App, New Mi Explorer and Mi Drop. However, the users will not be able to enjoy features like New Notification Shade, Split Screen, and Quick Switch.
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S comes with a 5-inch HD display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. There’s a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and LED flash and a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera for selfies.
The Redmi 3S Prime model comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage while the standard model comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. There’s also a microSD card slot that expands the phone’s storage up to 256GB. The phone has a fingerprint scanner for added security and is powered by a 4,100mAh non-removable battery.