Xiaomi has introduced its latest beta version of MIUI 8 ROM for public testing. If you’re an owner of a Xiaomi handset and would like to be among the first to explore the newest Marshmallow-based OS from the Chinese company, then this is your chance.

Note that since the update has only been tested for a couple of weeks, it is likely that you’ll come across a few bugs. In addition, if you fail to flash the update on your device correctly, it may cause irreversible damages to your handset.

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As for the list of phones eligible for the MIUI 8 beta update, it includes the Xiaomi Mi 2, Xiaomi Mi 2S, Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi Mi 4, Xiaomi Mi 5, Xiaomi Mi Max and Xiaomi Mi Note. The company has went on to disclose that efforts are being made to ensure that the Developer ROM is released on June 17, with support included for all Mi and Redmi line of devices.

MIUI 8 brings a collection of new animations, an array of new colors along with a brand new font, according to Xiaomi’s website. What’s more, it incorporates a function that allows capturing of more than what can be seen on the current screen area in a single screenshot; a dual account system that offers users complete control over the data, call log history and contact list saved on their handsets; and additional photo editing have been added to the Gallery. Also, the MIUI 8 has featured a built-in scanner for reading business cards, as well as QR codes.

If you’re interested in trying out the new features, check out MIUI 8’s flashing guide to successfully get the OS running on your handset.

 

 

 

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool