Xiaomi promised that it would update more of its phones o Android Pie this month and it has kept its promise. The Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer have begun receiving a new stable update that brings Android Pie along with some other features.
The update comes as MIUI 10.1 and weighs in at 2.1GB. The key change is the upgrade to Android Pie but it also brings the Mi MIX 3‘s 960fps slow-motion recording and Night Mode camera features to both devices. The changelog also says there are a number of bug fixes including screen flickering and screen blackouts.
The update is rolling out to the Chinese variants of these phones for now. A global stable version will definitely be announced in future.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition were both released in May 2018. They came pre-installed with MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and later got updated to MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. This update won’t change the way the phone looks since it is still based on MIUI 10 but you get the features of Android Pie.