Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. The devices just like their predecessors are worth the money that the company is asking for. In our first impressions, we found that both the devices are having a good design and build and are overall hardware is good for the price they are offered at.
One major downside is that the devices still run Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat operating system when most of the smartphone manufacturers are launching their devices with Android 8.0. A new report from XDA-developers suggests that Xiaomi might soon release Android 8.1 Oreo for the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Additionally, the update is also expected to bring support for Google’s Project Treble to the smartphone.
Project Treble allows smartphones with custom skins like Xiaomi’s MIUI to be updated much faster compared to before. This feature is one of the biggest non-consumer facing features of Android 8.0 and 8.1. If you’re a Redmi Note 5 Pro user, don’t get happy just yet. The company is currently testing the Android 8.1 Oreo build internally, and we don’t know as to when it plans to release the update to the public even in a beta form.
XDA-developers, in the report state that they were provided with the Android 8.1 Oreo files for a smartphone named WHYRED, which has been globally unveiled as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. In the code, they found out “ro.treble.enabled” line in the code, which means that the new ROM will have project treble enabled by default. However, the report does state that they are still unsure if the ROM is truly Treble compatible as they weren’t able to test the ROM on the device itself. They said that the only way to test it is to flash a Generic System Image on it and see if it boots or not.