Redmi Note 9 Pro Early Custom Developments include EvolutionX and LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROMs
The Redmi Note 9 Pro (review), or the Redmi Note 9S as it is called in some countries, sports a unique square style rear camera arrangement while offering some solid specifications such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, a massive 5,020 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, and up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. The phone runs on Android 10 with MIUI 11 out of the box, and Xiaomi has delivered quite a few bug fix updates to date to improve the usability. The company also released the corresponding kernel source code to promote third-party development, so here’s our first custom development roundup for the Redmi Note 9 Pro.
Custom ROMs for the Redmi Note 9 Pro
If you’re a vanilla Android enthusiast and looking for a Pixel-esque ROM that also offers some useful UI/UX customizations, then you should definitely check out the unofficial Evolution X 4.3 ROM by XDA Senior Member QuantumShqipe. The ROM comes with preinstalled Google apps and Pixel goodies, and features several customizations like Status Bar visibility toggle and Gaming Mode Quick Settings Tile. The current build is also compatible with the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.
LineageOS, one of the most recognizable custom ROMs, has also arrived on this phone, thanks to the contributions of XDA Member TheMalachite. The ROM has SELinux in permissive mode, broken Bluetooth audio and offline charging doesn’t show the battery. If you can live with these, you can use it as a daily driver. Unlike Evolution X, the unofficial LineageOS 17.1 build for this phone comes without Google apps (commonly referred to as GApps).
For those of you who really like MIUI but just want to get rid of the bloatware and advertisements, opt for the Xiaomi.eu ROM. The custom ROM is based on Chinese MIUI 11 distribution but has been localized for the European markets. Head over to the Xiaomi.eu forums linked below for the flashing instructions.
Custom Recoveries for the Redmi Note 9 Pro
A custom recovery like TWRP is a mandatory prerequisite, in case you wish to install any of the aforementioned custom ROMs on your Redmi Note 9 Pro. Thankfully, notable developer wzsx150 has brought unofficial TWRP support for this phone. The IMG file needs to be flashed via Fastboot and the default Chinese language can easily be changed to English.
The LineageOS Recovery is a derivative of the work done by XDA Member TheMalachite while building LineageOS 17.1 for this device. Compared to TWRP, it is fairly barebones (e.g. no support for data decryption), but it does get the job done when you just need to flash a custom ROM.