Unofficial LineageOS 17 brings Android 10 to the Xiaomi Mi CC9/Mi 9 Lite
Xiaomi has been busy rolling out Android 10 to a range of Redmi and Mi lineup of smartphones, starting from the Redmi K20 Pro which received the update on the very first day Google released Android 10 to the more recent Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi K20, Mi 8, Mi MIX 3, and Mi 9 SE which received Android 10 just yesterday. The long list of devices means there are still many smartphones waiting for their turn to taste the sweet Android treat. One such Xiaomi device which has yet to receive official Android 10 is the Mi 9 Lite (aka Mi CC9 in China), launching first in China in July last year and subsequently arriving in the European markets a few months later. The device did receive the stable MIUI 11 update around November but it was still based on Android 9 Pie — as opposed to Android 10 that many were hoping for.
While we don’t know when Xiaomi will release the Android 10 update to your Mi 9 Lite, the good news is you can skip the waiting period and try out Android 10 right now on your phone through this unofficial port of LineageOS 17. The port comes courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer coderzs and is the first full-fledged Android 10-based ROM for the Mi 9 Lite that’s not simply a GSI. The ROM is only tested with MIUI firmware version 9.12.26 and therefore it may or may not work with other firmware versions. There doesn’t appear to be a long list of known issues listed in the thread, but the developer does mention occasional freezing of SystemUI which he intends to fix in a future update.
If you want to take this unofficial port of LineageOS 17. for a spin on your Mi 9 Lite, head right over to the linked thread below where you will find the required files along with step-by-step flashing instructions. Just make sure you have an unlocked bootloader and TWRP installed before you proceed.