The Android 11 beta launched in June, and it is likely the Google Pixel 4a will be the first phone launched using it out of the box.
The beta is currently available now, and both OnePlus and Xiaomi were the first companies that were eligible to try out the beta builds.
Now a full list of phones eligible for Android 11 developed by Xiaomi and its related brands Redmi, POCO, and Black Shark has been revealed.
Android Update Policy
The biggest issue with Android is how long will a company keep the phone up to date. For many brands, this is just two years worth of updates; Google themselves only offer three years of updates with their Pixel phones.
At the start of 2019, Google made it compulsory that all devices launched in the EU would receive two years worth of security updates, however, this does not apply to major updates.
In comparison, Apple typically offers at least five major iOS updates, and this has recently crept up to 6 since the launch of the iOS 14 that supports both the iPhone 6s and original SE.
Xiaomi Android Update Guarantees
For Xiaomi, there is no official guarantee of updates; they will, of course, stick to the required security updates.
It looks like they carry out major updates for two years in most scenarios.
What phones are not getting Android 11 / MIUI 12
Perhaps, more importantly, is what phones will not be upgraded.
Xiaomi will not be upgrading phones based on the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset from 2018. This would therefore include:
- Xiaomi Mi 8
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s
- POCO F1
- Black Shark
- Black Shark Helo
What phones are eligible for Android 11 / MIUI 12
Most phones launched in the past two years will be eligible, this list may change as more devices are added. MIUI 12 is already rolling out for many phones, but this is based on Android 10 so the following list is for phones getting Android 11.
- Mi 10
- Mi 10 Pro
- Mi 10 Youth Edition
- Mi CC9 Pro/Mi Note 10/Mi Note 10 Pro
- Mi Note 10 Lite
- Mi 10 Lite 5G
- Mi 9
- Mi 9 Pro
- Mi 9 SE
- Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite
- Mi CC9 Meitu Edition
- Mi 9T
- Mi 9T Pro
- Mi A3
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Redmi K30
- Redmi K30 5G
- Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition
- Redmi K30i 5G
- Redmi K20
- Redmi K20 Pro
- Redmi 10X Pro
- Redmi 10X
- Redmi 10X 4G/Redmi Note 9
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
- Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Redmi Note 9 Pro (India)/Redmi Note 9S
- Redmi 9
- Redmi 9C
- Redmi 9A
- POCO F2 Pro
- POCO X2
- POCO M2 Pro
- POCO C3
Black Shark Phones
Android 11 features
Android 11 comes with a lot of new features, some highlights include:
- Revamped notifications for conversations
- Access your conversations via “Bubbles” – A bit like them annoying Facebook Chat Heads
- Native screen recording
- Muting notifications during video
- Increase touch sensitivity:
- Notification History
- Airplane mode doesn’t kill Bluetooth
- Auto revoke app permissions and one time permissions