System and applications
The smartphone works under Android in the 8.1 version with the MIUI 9.6 add-on, with the security update from the first of September 2018. It worked fast, smooth and without any problems through the whole time of the review. It has a few cool functions, but some irritating as well – out of which the most important one is not displaying notifications on the upper bar – even though there is enough space for this. On the right side of the notch it shows the battery status, Wi-Fi and mobile network ranges, and on the left – just the clock. There is more than enough space for other apps and all other manufacturers can use this space – apart from Xiaomi…
What functions are provided by the software? We can adjust the display’s colour to some extent, we can hide the notch (it is worth noting that the black area around the notch is bigger than it should – it goes around 2mm below it), use the reading and night time modes. Gestures are supported (though without drawing signs on a locked display), there is a floating button, decreasing the screen to be used with one hand, working on a divided display, app cloning and the SOS function, in which after pressing the power button five times the system will make a phone call with the emergency number and will enable the phone’s location. MIUI does not use apps menu – all apps can be found on main desktops. And, contrary to other interfaces, we cannot change it in settings. I enjoy the “Second space”, that is a possibility to create a separate space in which we can hide particular files and apps – this can be used when Mi 8 Lite is our business phone. The Xiaomi add-on does not appeal to me when it comes to colours and aesthetics – but we can install a completely different launcher from the Google store.
The basic security is the fingerprint scanner, but there is other popular biometric security – facial recognition. You can like the add-on or not, but we must admit that it does not strain the system and it provides a lot of personalization options.
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