The Official Xiaomi Thread

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The Official Xiaomi Thread


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Hi all

Since there is quite a big following of these Android phones on here and the volumes are growing and growing, I have decided to start this thread with a mod's permission as the central starting point for all things Xiaomi.

I will update this thread in time with proper headings and sections and possibly, if time permits, a FAQ section and guides on MIUI in general, tips and tricks, importing and which retailers to use, which shipping methods are the most cost effective and so on and so forth.

Any suggestions and tips will be welcome. This thread is for the benefit of members, new and existing in an attempt to get an idea of the following we have here while providing everyone with a central location to find the info they need instead of trawling through all the other threads in this section. I will be reserving another two posts beneath this one for future use, depending on the amount of content I am allowed per post.


MIUI 9 LAUNCHING ON 26 JULY


MIUI 9 Launch Date

MIUI 9 launching July 26 according to invitation

Source:http://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_mi_5x_will_launch_on_july_26_with_miui_9_aboard-news-26253.php
More info



Other device-specific Xiaomi threads on MyBB:


Handy links and how-to's:


FAQ

I want to buy a Xiaomi device that I cannot source locally. Where is the best place to purchase it?

There are various online retailers that stock Xiaomi devices, with generally good feedback from most of them. A few reputable sites are listed below:


There are a few local retailers available too, if you feel that local is lekker:


Take note that EMS expedited shipping listed on most websites is generally considered to be a waste as it is handed over to SAPO once it reaches South Africa, which is where the delays usually start. If you need a device urgently, your best bet would be to use a shipping forwarder such as Aramex Global Shopper or a site that uses DHL for delivery, as they will ensure the package reaches you through their services. TNT is not recommended as certain members have had parcels held for ransom and exorbitantly large customs and 'processing' fees charged to have the goods released.

***NB***

Do not attempt to ship any item containing a Lithium-Ion/Polymer battery via DHL(EXT) on GearBest as it is currently prohibited as pointed out by AlphaJohn. You will need to ship via another option like normal DHL due to airfreight regulations prohibiting certain restrictions on transporting Li-Ion/LiPo batteries.

***NB***

MIUI does not cater for second hand markets. If someone buys your phone and some time in future logs in 3 times wrong with the Mi account the phone will go into a lock state and only the 1st Mi account that activated that phone has the ability to unlock it. There use to be a tool to remove and bypass this Mi account but this now 2 does not work anymore as the phone will reset its lock state the moment it has access to the internet. To overcome this you need to send Proof of purchase, photo of phone box with IMEI and a code you get from the phone by tapping 10 times on the lock to service.global@xiaomi.com

Give them about 3 days to respond. They say about 3 days for the Unlock to happen but will update how long the whole process took. -AlphaJohn



As for import costs: (thank you Bryn for this info)
- Charger value is exempt from duties.
- Courier fees not included.
- Duty will be 14% of the remaining declared value.
- VAT will be calculated on 110% of that remaining value plus the import duty.
- 3 day courier typically costs $40-60 incl insurance.
- Disbursement fee from courier to handle customs for you is usually R150-250.
- I recommend DHL Express.
I see there are Global versions of my device available. What does this mean?

Global versions of Xiaomi smartphones are built primarily to be exported to the next biggest market outside of mainland China, which happens to be India. The Global version has access to LTE and GSM bands that China are not currently using, and they also sometimes use Snapdragon chipsets due to licensing. As it stands Snapdragon devices cannot be sold in China, hence why the vanilla versions of the Xiaomi devices are Mediatek-based.

The Mi5c is the odd one of the bunch as it has an in-house Xiaomi SoC called the Surge S1, which is equivalent to the Exynos chipset in some Samsung devices or the HiSilicon Kirin chipsets in Huawei phones.
Certain devices need their bootloaders unlocked in order to load a custom ROM. How do I do this?

Navigate to this link and follow the process to request an unlock for your bootloader. Do take note that this may take up to a week to be processed.
Where can I find information on ROM's and development on the Xiaomi devices?

Head over to the XDA Forum and find your device using the search function.
Bricked your device? Thanks Conack for the submission

Boot phone to Fastboot and run the following from cmd prompt:

"%~dp0fastboot_edl.exe" reboot-edl

Screen will turn black with a flashing red light only. Now you can flash away with MiFlash.
Should I go for a MediaTek or Snapdragon variant of x phone?

This is a matter of personal opinion and it would most probably come down to what you want from the phone as they are not identical. As a general rule of thumb, the MTK-based devices have a smaller following on the developer community when compared to the Snapdragon devices. It is also widely accepted that while the MTK-based devices are more powerful than the Snapdragon equivalent, the latter generally squeezes more life out of the battery and thus will have a higher endurance rating.
How do I know whether the Xiaomi device I intend on purchasing has a legitimate version of MIUI installed? Thanks AlphaJohn for the info

You can check out this thread for more info.
Do Xiaomi have any plans of releasing a smartphone without MIUI?

Xiaomi have released details of the Xiaomi Mi A1 (5X) destined for release in September 2017. It will run Android 7.1.2 Nougat with a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.
Current phones available to purchase on MIA Africa:

Redmi 4A 32GB - Redmi 4X 32GB - Redmi Note 4 32GB - Redmi Note 5A 32GB - Mi 1A 64GB - Mi 6 64GB
 
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Is the Redmi 4A the best phone in its price range?
 

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It most likely is.

Alternative models from Samsung and Huawei don't really come close in terms of specification. I'm not sure of the rest, though
 

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Foolproof guide to Installing Lineage OS (Android 7, Nougat) on both the Note 3 Kenzo/Kate variations:

https://forum.xda-developers.com/redmi-note-3/how-to/kate-guide-install-lineage-os-locked-t3546154

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MIUI8:
Follow the same guide as for Lineage up until the point where you've just booted into MIUI: https://forum.xda-developers.com/redmi-note-3/how-to/kate-guide-install-lineage-os-locked-t3546154

Foolproof guide to install Rooted MIUI V8.0.6.0.LHOMIDG without unlocking bootloader. (Android 5)
https://forum.xda-developers.com/redmi-note-3/how-to/method-miui-8-unlock-bootloader-twrp-t3529458


Other handy info:

https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/software-hacking/guide-how-to-reboot-to-edl-fastboot-t3394292

Bricked your device?

Boot phone to Fastboot and run the following from cmd prompt:

"%~dp0fastboot_edl.exe" reboot-edl

Screen will turn black with a flashing red light only. Now you can flash away with MiFlash.
 

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What's the difference between the "global" and "international" versions of the Xiaomi phones? From what I can tell both support Play Store services, multi languages and OTA updates.
 

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Okay. Is it an easy process to flash the global rom?
Depends, some phones you just download the ROM and use the internal updater. Orders you have to Unlock (Also easy) and then flash. Then there is the ones that gives you 9 types of hell and you end up using MiFlash on an unlocked device and pushing the tgz roms.

Example My 1st phone I imported had a China custom ROM that refused to flash China Official or Dev even after it was unlocked. Also could not get Global dev or Stable on it. Ended up downloading rom from http://en.miui.com/a-234.html and boot into fastboot using MiFlash tool to get it sorted.

My Mi5 on the other hand, I can flash any official ROM via update tool and it just says "you going to lose your data" and flashes.
 
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Finally! Nice OP @wabbit16. My sandstone Note 3 cover should be here tonight. Will share pics...
 

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Finally! Nice OP @wabbit16. My sandstone Note 3 cover should be here tonight. Will share pics...
As promised... Fits like a glove. Feels like sandpaper. Grippy AF. Has a small lip over the tempered glass. Only flaw is that currently it has a strong textile kind of smell to it. I'm sure that'll fade tho.





If anyone wants my Lenuo cover I'm willing to give it away to a Kate owner. I don't forsee me using it aymore. First to pm me will get it. :)

Thats this one:

 
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Finally! Nice OP @wabbit16. My sandstone Note 3 cover should be here tonight. Will share pics...
Oh yes, I haven't given it much attention though due to me switching careers last month. But it's a work in progress and it would be nice to get all the Xiaomi information centralised over here one day :)
 

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Oh yes, I haven't given it much attention though due to me switching careers last month. But it's a work in progress and it would be nice to get all the Xiaomi information centralised over here one day :)
Thanx for the good work. Great collection of info we getting here.

Mind adding 2 URL's and a store?
How to spot fake MIUI rom's on a Phone: http://en.miui.com/thread-392159-1-1.html
Official Fastboot ROM URL: http://en.miui.com/a-234.html

Under your Stores, I don't see Gearbest: http://www.gearbest.com/
 
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