Redmi Note 5 Pro: MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.5 Update Enables Android Oreo Anti-rollback Protection

This comes as a matter of annoyance or excitement, since the feature is known to be a love-it-or-hate-it thing, with not much of a grey space.

Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Google feature that protects your Android handset from downgrading to a previous version of Android had been missing from Xiaomi smartphones, but that is set to change now. We have learnt that the latest update to the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s user interface will provide for the feature to be accommodated henceforth.

Redmi Note 5 Pro users will hence be either worried or excited, since the feature is known to be a love-it-or-hate-it thing, with not much of a grey space. Let’s take a look at what’s going on here.

Redmi Note 5 Pro: MIUI 10 Global Beta Update

The new update to Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 Global Beta 8.7.5 will apparently enable the Android Oreo Anti-Rollback feature on the phones running on it, which means that Redmi Note Pro users can enable the Google feature that protects their devices from an Android downgrade. In other Android smartphones with Android Oreo OS, the feature was enabled by default, and that did not fare well with developers and smartphone geeks, who prefer to change between Android versions to keep changing things up.

A downgrade from Android Oreo to Android Nougat can be voluntary, but that is usually done by smartphone buffs who like to customise the user interface a lot. From Google’s point of view, the downgrade is done for a security breach by malware or hackers and it renders Android security patches useless. The smartphones whose Android OS has been downgraded hence is terribly vulnerable to online malice, which is why Google came out with this feature called Android Oreo Anti-Rollback Protection.

While it is good news for most smartphone users that Redmi Note 5 Pro will have this security feature from now on, tech buffs aren’t very happy about it since it curtails their freedom to go back to Android Nougat. An option to disable the anti-rollback feature might cheer them up, though.

Redmi Note 5 Pro: Price in India

The best price for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is at Mi Store. The phone comes in two storage variants: 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM. The internal storage is the same 64GB, which is expandable up to 256GB, for both variants. It is offered in Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold colours. The price at Mi Store for the 4GB RAM variant is Rs 14,999, and Rs 16,999 for the 6GB variant. The price does not change with the colour of the handset. Additionally, you get Rs 2,200 cashback for buying a Reliance Jio SIM with the phone, and three months free streaming on Hungama Music app.

Mi Protect costs Rs 699 for accidental and liquid damage cover.

Redmi Note 5 Pro: Specifications, Features

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is pitched as India’s camera beast among smartphones. The reviews for the phone have been raving, and MySmartPrice gave it 9.0/10, which means it is exceptional in its specs and features.

The rear camera has two sensors — 12MP and 5MP. It uses large pixels and has electronic image stabilisation for smooth video recording. It pairs a Sony camera sensor with a Samsung camera sensor and provides excellent depth of field. The front shooter is 20MP supported by a soft LED light for selfies, and has a ‘Beautify 4.0’ feature that is tuned for Indian face textures. The selfies are assisted by artificial intelligence (AI) and the front camera also serves for the face unlock feature.

The IPS LCD display itself is 5.99-inch Full HD+ with 18:9 aspect ratio and slim bezels. The battery is 4,000 mAh and the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. Among other notable features are a thermal design with graphene sheets for keeping the handset temperature low, 30 per cent better power efficiency in the 6GB RAM version, an intuitive SMS app, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and a rear fingerprint sensor.

Coming from a background in journalism, Sharjeel (not Ahmed) is curious about consumer technology. He thinks Xiaomi is taking over the world, and he is excited about it. He has written feature stories and news reports for Telangana Today, Times of India, Metro India, and a couple of other publications. He tweets at @Sharjeel314, and writes short fiction when armtwisted by his wife.