Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro is ruling the smartphone budget segment with its superior value for the money specs sheet and features and also outselling its competitors. The device was launched back Feb 2018, and since then it is holding up quite well and doesn’t have any software or hardware issues. When it came out at that time, the latest version of Android was Oreo 8.1, but unfortunately, the device was shipped with Android Nougat 7.x.x, which was a sad thing. However, the Chinese giant did update it to Android Oreo 8.1.
But again at that time we already had Android Pie update as the latest flavor of Android available, and now the most important question here is whether or not the Redmi Note 5 Pro will get it? And going straight to the point and by looking at Xiaomi’s past track record, the Redmi Note 5 Pro isn’t eligible for the Android Pie Update, because it has already received one major update that is Android Oreo 8.1.
Redmi Note 5 (Redmi Note 5 Pro in India) Pie Update:
31 March 2019: Xiaomi has started to roll out the official Android 9.0 Pie Update for the Redmi Note 5 Pro, this update brings Android 9.0 Pie and nothing else, as the device runs on MIUI 10.
25 February: Xiaomi has opened the beta registration program into Android 9 Pie for the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Y2, and Redmi 6 Pro in India. check out this page for more details.
26 January 2019: Redmi Note 5 Pro is getting MIUI 10 9.1.24 (beta) update based on Android Oreo 8.1 build. The update brings Bug fixes, optimizations, and improvements here and there. If you want then you can download the Recovery update from here. While the MIUI 10 9.1.17 (beta) Android 8.1 update Recovery update and Fastboot update can be downloaded from here.
5 January: MIUI 10.2.1 (stable) update based on Android 8.1 is now seeding. The update fixes issues with file explorer thumbnails refresh and icon display when searching problems, installs Home screen shortcut for Xiaomi Updater app and also fixes the camera issue where burst shots were being taken accidentally. If you want to flash them manually then you can download the Recovery update and Fastboot update from these links.
22 December: MIUI 10 8.12.20 (beta) update based Android 8.1 oreo is now available for Redmi Note 5 Pro. You can download the Recovery update and Fastboot update from here. The update contains bug fixes and some improvements.
OxygenOS ROM based on Android Pie update is also available for Redmi Note 5 Pro users, you can check more details and how to install the custom ROM here on this XDA Thread.
11 December: Redmi Note 5 Pro is now getting MIUI 10.0.6 (stable) update based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The update the build number MIUI 10.0.6.0.OEIMIFH and contains bug fixes, and security improvements here and there. You can download the Recovery update and Fastboot update via clicking on the respected links.
Note: There are several reports that Redmi Note 5 Pro will get the Android Pie update in late 2019 as the device is selling like hotcake we also think that Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro may get Android Pie update.
And Xiaomi only offers one major update for its budget devices, while the flagship devices do get two years of major software support. On the other hand, you will continue getting system security updates for at least two years or so. However, you will still be getting those MIUI updates, but it will be based on Oreo 8.1. But as you also know that Android Pie 9.0 comes with final project treble(treble earlier introduced with Oreo) which lessens the overhead of OEMs to update their devices, so if your Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has treble support. Then it could be probably possible that Xiaomi could be able to update it at a much faster pace, but that for the time being seems highly doubtful.