Despite its support for older devices, Xiaomi is usually slower than other smartphones manufacturers at bringing the latest Android versions on its devices. On the other hand, with its user interface MIUI, there isn’t much need for the latest Android iterations as it is full of additional features and improvements. Anyways, in the recent months, the company seems to be getting faster at releasing major updates, and this may happen even with Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, even though it is not a flagship device.
The mid-ranger focused on the quality-price ratio is still running a ROM based on Android Nougat. It is actually getting updated to MIUI Global Stable 22.214.171.124 based on Android 7.1.1. But a new firmware has just surfaced online, and it suggests that the phone may switch directly to Android 8.1 Oreo, which is actually the latest OS version. The leaked MIUI 9 Global Stable firmware carries the build number 126.96.36.199.OEIMIFA and according to the official MIUI update schedule it will be officially rolled out starting from this month via OTA. Currently, it is only available to download on MIUI website and it can be manually flashed on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.
If you do not want to wait for the firmware to be rolled out via OTA, you can download the ZIP file with the firmware by heading to this link. The update to MIUI 9 Global Stable 188.8.131.52.OEIMIFA based on Android 8.1 also brings the support to Project Treble on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is a project which tries to solve the fragmentation issue on Android by dividing the OS into two frameworks: one with the core OS and one with the company’s customization. This division will make it easier for the company to release fast updates. The new update also contains VoLTE support.