Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) receives Android 11-based MIUI 12 update

Redmi K20 Mi 9T

Xiaomi is rolling out a new update for the Mi 9T, or Redmi K20 if you prefer. The Pro variant has received this update recently, so we knew that it would be just a matter of time for the vanilla Redmi K20 to get it. However, the update seems to be reaching only the global Mi 9T right now. For those unaware, the Redmi K20 moniker is exclusive to the devices sold in India and China. The rest of the world got it with the Mi 9T moniker. Anyway, since the Mi 9T is already receiving it, the rollout for the Redmi K20 may be imminent at this point.

The Redmi K20 was released in 2019 alongside the K20 Pro. These were the first cost-effective flagships from Xiaomi coming from the Redmi brand. The series includes these two devices that were rebranded to Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro in western markets. Curiously, India didn’t get a Redmi K30 or K30 Pro. Instead, the company decided to bring them as Poco smartphones, POCO X2, and POCO F2 Pro.

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Android 11 arrives as the second major Android update for the Mi 9T

The original Redmi K20 was released with Android 9 Pie and received an Android 10 update later. In February this year, Xiaomi brought an Android 11 update with MIUI 12.5 for the Chinese Redmi K20. The Redmi K20 Pro was expected to receive the update next, however, Xiaomi delayed the update and brought it along with the MIUI 12.5. Unfortunately, one of the international versions of these smartphones got neither of the two updates until now. Except for the Mi 9T, which is now receiving an Android 11 update.

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Unfortunately, the update is still based on standard MIUI 12. Xiaomi unveiled global MIUI 12.5 in February this year but is still struggling to bring it to most of its global smartphones. Now that Android 11 is there, we assume that it will be just a matter of time until the company brings the incremental MIUI 12.5 upgrade. The Global variant is receiving update build number V12.1.2.0.RFJMIXM. The software build is labeled as both “Stable Beta” and “Mi Pilot”. This means it is only released for Mi Pilot testers.

The update is rolling out in an incremental manner. Just a couple of users will receive it right now. If everything runs smoothly, the company will proceed with a wider rollout of this update. We assume that the Redmi K20 will receive it throughout this week.

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