Xiaomi previews MIUI 9 features one day before the launch

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is all set to launch its next-gen UI and a new smartphone on July 26. The company has already posted some of the features — including new themes, new design elements and shortcuts on lock screen, split screen feature, and much more — on its official website miui.com.

The MIUI 9 will have three themes along with the default theme. The dock icons at the bottom will not have texts below it to give the home screen a neater look.

Xiaomi also specified which handsets will first receive the update. It said that a limited number of devices will receive the update — to be rolled out in stages — in the first batch, followed by others. The MIUI 9 beta update will be rolled out first on Xiaomi Mi 6, Redmi Note 4, and Redmi Note 4X followed by Xiaomi Mi 2 and Xiaomi Mi 2S.

New features also include a new shortcut that lets you activate the torch by swiping to the right on your lock screen. This swipe will also give access to shortcuts such as Mi Home, Mi Remote, Mi Pay and Transport Card. The MIUI 9 will also support split screen feature that was first introduced in Mi Max 2. Handsets with Android 7.0 and above, including Mi6, Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Mi 5, and Redmi Note 4X will get this update.

The Chinese smartphone brand will also launch the Mi 5X smartphone, which will be the first smartphone to run on MIUI 9 out of the box. There has been a fair amount of speculation about the handset for the last few days. The handset will allegedly be the first to debut under the new smartphone sub-brand that the company is expected to introduce on July 26.

The smartphone images and specifications were leaked on Weibo recently. It is said to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and 4GB RAM. Several online reports add that the unannounced Xiaomi 5X may have a higher variant in the pipeline as well. The device is rumoured to include Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB RAM, 12MP dual rear camera and a 16MP front-facing camera.

The new Xiaomi brand is likely to compete against Oppo and Vivo, both of which are subsidiaries of BBK Electronics.

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