Xiaomi Mi 8 SE/9 SE/9 Lite and Mi 8 Lite/Max 3 Android 10 kernel source code now available

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.


Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Forums ||| Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Forums ||| Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite Forums

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”.

Mi 8 SE/Mi 9 SE/Mi 9 Lite/Mi CC9/Mi CC9 Meitu Edition Android 10 Kernel Sources

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.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Forums ||| Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Forums

Mi 8 Lite/Mi Max 3 Android 10 Kernel Sources



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DIY enthusiast (i.e. salvager of old PC parts). An avid user of Android since the Eclair days, Skanda also likes to follow the recent development trends in the world of single-board computing.

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