- Dec 31, 2006
The Official Xiaomi Thread
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
More infoMIUI 9 Launch Date
MIUI 9 launching July 26 according to invitation
Other device-specific Xiaomi threads on MyBB:
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4/4X [Started by AlphaJohn]
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Kate/Kenzo [Started by RichardG]
- Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Smart Watch [Started by beans100]
Handy links and how-to's:
- Official Xiaomi site [English]
- Stock MIUI downloads for Xiaomi devices and others
- MIUI product forums
- How to install Lineage OS on the Redmi Note 3 Kate and Kenzo edition
- Official Fastboot ROM URL
- Disable MIUI Ads
I want to buy a Xiaomi device that I cannot source locally. Where is the best place to purchase it?
I see there are Global versions of my device available. What does this mean?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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Certain devices need their bootloaders unlocked in order to load a custom ROM. How do I do this?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.
Where can I find information on ROM's and development on the Xiaomi devices?
Bricked your device? Thanks Conack for the submission
Should I go for a MediaTek or Snapdragon variant of x phone?Boot phone to Fastboot and run the following from cmd prompt:
Screen will turn black with a flashing red light only. Now you can flash away with MiFlash.
How do I know whether the Xiaomi device I intend on purchasing has a legitimate version of MIUI installed? Thanks AlphaJohn for the infoThis 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.
Do Xiaomi have any plans of releasing a smartphone without MIUI?
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