MIUI 13 announced with new widgets, Mi Magic Centre, MiSans font: features, eligible devices, rollout schedule

Here's everything you need to know about MIUI 13.

Highlights
  • MIUI 13 was announced at the Xiaomi 12 launch event in China.
  • Xiaomi has branched the MIUI 13 skin into three categories this time around: MIUI 13, MIUI 13 Pad, and MIUI 13 Fold.
  • MIUI 13 and MIUI 13 Pad stable updates will be available for the first batch of devices in China from January-end.

At the Xiaomi 12 launch event yesterday, the Chinese tech giant unveiled the MIUI 13 custom skin. This comes after the company had introduced the MIUI 12 back in April last year and MIUI 12.5 in December. While MIUI 13 doesn’t bring any major changes over the existing MIUI 12.5 enhanced version, Xiaomi says the overall fluidity has been increased by up to 52 percent, which should offer a more seamless experience. The new MIUI 13 focuses on optimising computing capabilities for core apps during load. Interestingly, Xiaomi has branched its MIUI skin into three categories this time around: MIUI 13, MIUI 13 Pad, and MIUI 13 Fold. This means the software is optimised for smartphones, tablets, and foldables respectively. It also released MIUI Watch, MIUI Home, MIUI TV, and Xiaomi smart devices.

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MIUI 13 availability

MIUI 13 and MIUI 13 Pad stable update will be available for the first batch of devices in China from January 2022 end. While the international available will be from Q1 2022. The MIUI 13 Fold stable update will roll out from the end of April 2022.

MIUI 13 eligible devices (first batch)

China (Late January 2022): Xiaomi 12 Pro, Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12X, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Pro, and Mi 11.

International markets (Q1 2022): Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11, Mi 11i, Mi 11X Pro, Mi 11X, Redmi 10, Redmi 10 Prime, Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G, Redmi Note 8 (2021), Xiaomi 11T Pro, Xiaomi 11T, Redmi Note 10 Pro, Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Redmi Note 10, Mi 11 Lite 5G, Mi 11 Lite, and Redmi Note 10 JE.

MIUI 13 Pad eligible list (first batch)

China (Late January 2022): Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro and Xiaomi Pad 5.

International Markets (Q1 2022): Xiaomi Pad 5.

MIUI 13 Fold eligible list

China (Late April 2022): Mi MIX Fold.

MIUI 13 features

MIUI 13

MIUI 13 features a new mechanism that prevents and reduces decay of rear-write capabilities through Atomised Memory and Liquid Storage technology by 5 percent over a  36-month period—prolonging the lifespan of devices.

MIUI 13 brings a new font called MiSans. The company says that it is a simple font optimised for Chinese and English languages to present clear visibility and comfortable reading. The font is part of Dynamic Font System 2.0 and it inherits OpenType features, meaning the height of hyphens automatically adapts to uppercase and lowercase letters.

MIUI 13 brings the beta version of Mi Smart Hub that will offer a more connected experience between smart devices. Users can find nearby devices with Mi Smart Hub and a seamless gesture to allow sharing and access content such as display, music and even apps across multiple devices.

MIUI 13

Thanks to Apple, Xiaomi has now introduced dynamic widgets with MIUI 13. The company has been testing this feature since August 2021 and some of these widgets are similar to other custom skins. There are chances these might not find their way to international versions. There are new dynamic wallpapers, face verification protection, document watermarking, and telecommunication fraud protection.

Other notable features include widgets for mini-games, countdowns, reminders to drink water, what to eat today suggestions and more. There’s a customisable Xiao AI Virtual Assistant that allows users to create their own customised avatar for Xiaomi’s Xiao AI virtual assistant in China. There are over 50 sets of clothing and accessories. The MIUI 13 system protects users from spam calls/texts, malicious applications, and harmful file transfers.

MIUI 13

The new Mi Magic Center allows users to manage their Xiaomi ecosystem products from under a single roof. However, only a select few devices are compatible with Mi Magic Center.

MIUI 13 Pad

MIUI 13 Pad

MIUI 13 Pad brings support for floating windows and the application windows can be resized as per requirements. Xiaomi products running MIUI 13 can now sync with each other. Users can continue their tasks on their tablets from where they left off on the smartphone. Xiaomi has now adapted 3,000 apps with MIUI 13 Pad.