The Xiaomi Mi 8 gets official LineageOS 16 support
The LineageOS team recently released official LineageOS 16 nightlies for a handful of devices including the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Xiaomi POCO F1. Now, a third Xiaomi device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 has joined the LineageOS 16 roster. Android Pie-based LineageOS 16 builds are now available for the Xiaomi Mi 8 (“dipper.”)
The Mi 8 launched in the middle of 2018 with the Snapdragon 845, IR face unlock, and of course, MIUI. For those of you who aren’t fans of MIUI, there’s a lot of AOSP-based custom ROMs for you to pick from on our forums. LineageOS is one of the more popular custom ROMs thanks to the stability and security that it offers. If you’re interested in flashing the first Android Pie-based nightlies, you can download them from the link below. You’ll need to have an unlocked bootloader and TWRP installed before you can flash it, though.
Since the Mi 8 never received official LineageOS 15.1 builds, there’s no upgrade path that involves you keeping your data. Make sure you backup any important data before you try installing the ROM, since you’ll have to factory reset before migrating from MIUI or another custom ROM.