Xiaomi Mi 8 SE/9 SE/9 Lite and Mi 8 Lite/Max 3 Android 10 kernel source code now available
Qualcomm debuted their 700-tier chipset series with the release of the Snapdragon 710 SoC back in 2018, and Xiaomi was the first smartphone maker to adopt it with the Mi 8 SE. Later on, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 712 SoC with a little performance boost over the Snapdragon 710, and Xiaomi once again was first in line to utilize the then-new chipset on the Mi 9 SE. As the two platforms are software compatible, Xiaomi unified the kernel source code for the Mi 8 SE and Mi 9 SE. Now, Xiaomi has updated its kernel source code repository with the updated kernel sources corresponding to the Mi 8 SE and Mi 9 SE’s Android 10 update. Furthermore, Xiaomi has also merged the Mi 9 Lite’s sources with the same kernel source code tree.
You may already know that the Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite is yet another example of Xiaomi’s rebranding strategy because the device is a clone of Xiaomi’s China-exclusive Mi CC9. Xiaomi decided to use the aging Snapdragon 710 on this phone but kept the original source code release independent from the Mi 8 SE to date. Given that all of these SD71x-powered smartphones received their respectively Android 10 updates around the same time, it seems justified for Xiaomi to maintain a unified kernel source code tree from now on. Note that the Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (code-name “vela”) is also covered under this new branch named “sirius-q-oss”.
Xiaomi took a similar approach in the case of the Mi 8 Lite and the Mi Max 3. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636-powered Mi Max 3 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Mi 8 Lite picked up their Android 10 updates last month, so Xiaomi has now uploaded kernel sources for both of these devices based on their respective Android 10 updates.