Redmi Note 5 Pro spotted with Android 8.1.0 at MWC 2018


The Redmi Note 5 Pro has unveiled a few days ago at India. While the handset was received with joy, being considered the real successor of the Xiaomi’s greatest hit – Redmi Note 4 – 5 Pro still was running Android 7.1.2, and in 2018 this is simply inexcusable. However seems that Xiaomi is going to fix this problem very soon.

During a test footage with the Redmi Note 5 Pro made by our friends from Gizchina.it at MWC 2018, the device appeared running Android 8.1.0 Oreo. This can imply in two possibilities, one point that an Oreo update for the Redmi Note 5 Pro may be drawing near. The second possibility is that an International variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro could arrive with Android 8.1.0 out the box.

What is really awesome about the second possibility is that every device launched with Android 8.0 and above is required to be Project Treble compatible. If you’re unaware, Project Treble is a new bet from Google to speed up the process of Android updates that are often delayed by OEMs. Not only that, Project Treble represents an infinite set of possibilities for the Custom Rom community.

However, if the device in this video was just updated to Android 8.1.0 rather than manufactured with it, then Xiaomi could easily bypass the Treble requirement. Since when you’re updating from a previous Android version adding Treble compatibility is not a requirement.

Currently, there is no clue of when Xiaomi is going to release an international version of Redmi Note 5 Pro, but of course, it will happen soon or later. The Redmi Note 4 was launched in India and a few time after was launched in China as Redmi Note 4x. The device’s presence in MWC 2018 is a clue of Xiaomi’s plans of expanding its availability.

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