Download: Xiaomi Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A get Android 10 update with MIUI 11 stable-beta builds
The Xiaomi Redmi 8 was one of the best selling devices of Q1 2020, sharing the dais with the Samsung Galaxy A51. This budget device with the Snapdragon 439 SoC was launched back in October 2019 as part of Xiaomi’s entry-level lineup. Before this, Xiaomi had launched the Redmi 8A in September 2019, bringing over the Snapdragon 439 in an even basic form factor and more affordable price tag. While Android 10 has been around for months now, Xiaomi has finally brought over Android 10 to these budget devices with new MIUI 11 builds.
The factory-installed operating system on the phone duo was MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie. The MIUI 11 update kept the underlying Android layer intact for them. Xiaomi is now rolling out the Android 10 update for the Redmi 8 and 8A through the stable channel of MIUI, but there are a few stumbling blocks you should be aware of.
First of all, the stable build is still based on MIUI 11, not MIUI 12. Moreover, the company treats the current update as a “stable beta,” which means an authorized Mi Account might be required to sideload the ZIP file. Once Xiaomi marks it to be stable enough, they are going to flip a server-side switch that will eventually remove the need for such authorization before flashing. Alternatively, they could also release new builds with additional bug fixes.
The software version of the new builds are V18.104.22.168.QCNxxXM and V22.214.171.124.QCPxxXM, respectively, and it bumps the Android security patch level (SPL) to July 2020. The OTA is rolling out for the global variant, while other regional variants should get their updates soon. In case the bootloader of your Redmi 8 and 8A is unlocked, and you want to install the updated build right now, either pick the appropriate Recovery ROM from the following table and flash using TWRP or straightaway choose the Fastboot ROM to bypass the Mi Account authorization requirement.
MIUI 11 Android 10 Download Links: Xiaomi Redmi 8 (olive) and Redmi 8A (olivelite)
You can download from the following links:
- Redmi 8 (olive)
- Redmi 8A (olivelite)
Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer yshalsager for providing the download links!