Xiaomi launched its newest selfie-centric smartphone, the Redmi Y2, in India yesterday. The smartphone brings an updated 16-megapixel selfie shooter with AI recognition features, and will go on its first sale on June 12. Alongside the Redmi Y2, Xiaomi also introduced MIUI 10, an updated version of the UX that goes on top of Android.
The MIUI 10 was first announced at company’s annual product launch event in Shenzhen on May 31. The company was quick to add that it is bringing the user experience to Indian MIUI users within a week. MIUI 10 has been designed with smartphones featuring taller display in mind. It also brings a more streamlined aesthetics that seems to be more in line with Google’s material design.
One of the key changes coming with MIUI 10 is the support for single-camera portrait mode. The feature allows MIUI 10 users to shoot pictures with shallow depth-of-field, and software-based bokeh without the need for dual-camera setup. At the event, Xiaomi revealed that it has developed an AI-based algorithm trained on over 100,000 photos to create this effect. It also revealed the list of smartphones that will get this feature in the coming months.
Xiaomi plans to release MIUI 10 for 26 different smartphones starting from the second half of this month. However, out of these compatible devices, only 11 phones will also get support for single-camera portrait mode. Xiaomi says AI-based portrait mode will arrive on the front and back cameras of Mi MIX 2, Mi 5/Mi 5S Plus, Mi 5, Mi Note 2, Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 3, Redmi 5, and Redmi 4/4X.
The company also confirmed that Mi 6, and India-specific Redmi Note 5 will only get portrait mode effect on the front camera. It plans to add support for this feature on more models but didn’t share specifics about the update. Xiaomi says there are over 190 million MIUI users worldwide, and MIUI 10 brings several new features optimized for full screen usage.
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The update brings a redesigned recent apps menu that adopts a card-style interface with the recent apps shown side-by-side on the screen. Users can swipe to delete the app or long press for deeper actions. There is also AI baked into the UI to reduce load time for applications, and anticipate user actions based on usage patterns.
It also brings India-specific customizations including deeper QR code recognition within the camera app. This has done to quickly scan the code for services like Paytm. The camera app will scan the QR code first, and then authenticate payment via Paytm app.
Xiaomi has not revealed official availability of MIUI 10 just yet, but it is expected to roll out starting mid-June. The update will be available in a phased manner starting with Mi MIX 2, Mi 5S Plus, Mi 5S, Mi 5, Mi 4, Mi 3, Mi Note 2, Mi Max 2 and Mi Max. The second phase will see the update hitting Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi Note 5A Prime, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 4(TW) and Redmi Note 3. The update will also be available for Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 3S, Redmi Y2, Redmi Y1 Lite and Redmi Y1.