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MIUI 12.5 released for Xiaomi, Redmi phones: All the new features and upgrades

Xiaomi claims MIUI 12.5 is lighter, faster, and more efficient than MIUI versions before it.

Sushant Talwar | December 29, 2020 | Updated 17:00 IST

Highlights

  • MIUI 12.5 has been announced with new performance upgrades.
  • MIUI 12.5 also brings some new features with itself.
  • The Android 11-based skin will be initially available on select Mi, Redmi phones.

Xiaomi's latest operating system, MIUI 12.5 is here. As of now, the Android 11-based operating system (OS) is available as a closed beta and only to users in the company's home country, China. The new update comes with a number of new features and also brings some security and performance upgrades.

The phone maker claims that MIUI 12.5 is more advanced than MIUI versions before it. However, it doesn't appear that Xiaomi has gone all-in with the new software. While there are a lot of meaningful upgrades, it looks like the company has held back a little to ensure it has some major features left in the pipeline for the big MIUI 13 update that's expected to be released later next year.

MIUI 12.5: Performance upgrades

As per the information shared by Xiaomi, MIUI 12.5 is lighter, faster, and more efficient than MIUI version before it. Xiaomi claims MIUI 12.5 uses 20 per cent less processing power for the same tasks and also consumes 35 per cent less background memory. And all this while taking in 25 per cent less power for the same tasks.

Xiaomi has revealed that the improvement in performance is partly down to a superior "MIUI Light Cone Motion Effect Architecture" when compared to the one found on the MIUI 12. The company claims that MIUI 12.5 also brings in a much more powerful rendering engine and also improves UI animations.

MIUI 12.5: New Super Wallpapers and notification sounds

The new MIUI 12.5 also gets new Super Wallpapers, with one of them being the Snow Mountain taken from Mount Siguniang. Apart from this, there's Shipwreck Bay in Greece(Navagio Beach) and Blade's Edge Mountain in Italy.

MIUI 12.5 also adds revamped notification sounds from South American Rainforest, Australia, East African grassland, and the Arctic Circle. These include sounds that Xiaomi explains it captured from about 120 creatures. The UI also brings sounds of natural elements like Wood, Sand, and Water. Additionally, Xiaomi has also improved the Haptics and refined the feedback vibrations of options like the lock, Tap, Gestures, etc.

MIUI 12.5: New privacy features

With MIUI 12.5 there's also increased focus on privacy with the MIUI 12.5 with Clipboard Protection, File Storage(Sandbox Mechanism), Browser, and Location(Fuzzy Positioning) getting special mentions. Additionally, Xiaomi App Store from MIUI 12.5 will have special instructions for privacy which involves risks, security tampering, and avoiding malicious contents.

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