Xiaomi introduced the global MIUI 13 and Xiaomi Note 11 and Note 11 Pro smartphones for the international market, which became the first devices with a new version of the company’s proprietary shell.
We already had the opportunity to review the new Xiaomi Note 11 closely. At the same time, we were able to see all the advantages of MIUI 13. You can read about some of them in the smartphone review itself. Now, we will talk about the main features of the shell in more detail.
Design and widgets
The first thing that catches your eye when testing any new shell is its design. The shell has got a new minimalist and easy-to-read MiSans font. True, this only applies to the Latin alphabet.
The company modified the application grid, allowing users to choose different options for its execution. At the same time, the icons inside the grid can come with or without captions. The Notification Center has also undergone minor changes, in which new elements have appeared for controlling the music being played. And now you can add a group of apps to your home screen as your most-used items.
In general, the updated MIUI 13 interface has become even cleaner, in many ways reminiscent of Google’s Material You concept with its original Xiaomi chips. It is clear that the company is trying to simplify access to the most requested functions but does not strive for drastic changes that can lead to a stupor of some users.
But perhaps the most noticeable update to the shell is the new widgets. In addition to the usual system widgets such as clock, weather, and calendar, it has a lot of personalized widgets and third-party application widgets. And all of them are perfectly adapted to MIUI 13 and fit perfectly into its interface. For example, even conventional watches now offer over 30 designs. Among them, there is sure to be one that suits you.
MIUI 13 Security
Xiaomi also did an excellent job on the security of MIUI 13. The company changed the algorithms of the face recognition function, which learned to work only with the face and not the entire upper body.
Users now can add watermarks to confidential documents quickly, and the anti-fraud feature prevents the installation of fake programs and can analyze links for fraud, warning you of attempts to deceive you.
Xiaomi has made several improvements that directly increase the performance of MIUI 13, its speed, and the smoothness of the interface. First of all, this concerns the new functions of Liquid Storage, Atomized Memory, and Focus Computation.
The company claims that introducing these features and shell optimization allowed a 20-26% increase in the speed of system applications, and third-party programs now work 15-52% faster. For example, Xiaomi Mix 4 can now run 14 applications in the background without any problems, and after three years of using Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro, its read/write performance is reduced by only 5%. And this is despite the fact that after three years, the degradation of the speed of the drives of other Android smartphones reaches 50%.
Such a minimal degradation of the drive after three years of operation is due to its Liquid Storage technology. It monitors the defragmentation of the smartphone’s internal memory and improves its efficiency by 60% at once. And as a result, the speed of its work practically does not decrease even after 2-3 years of intensive use.
If Liquid Storage works with built-in memory, Atomized Memory effectively optimizes algorithms for working with RAM. The technology continuously analyzes the use of RAM, closing inactive background processes, thereby improving multitasking and the system’s speed as a whole. And this is especially true for inexpensive smartphones with a limited amount of RAM.
Focus Computation essentially complements the Atomized Memory feature. That’s only if the latter works only with RAM, then the focus of attention redistributes system resources, giving priority to the most actively used application. Well, the speed of its work, respectively, increases.
This feature does not have much to do with the performance of MIUI 13 but is directly related to improving the productivity of working with MIUI 13. It has become an analogue of Edge in One UI for Samsung smartphones. You have to swipe the sidebar from the left edge of the screen, which allows you to launch the applications placed on it quickly.
When developing MIUI 13, Xiaomi paid increased attention to improving the energy efficiency of the shell. The main role in this was assigned to the new Smart Balance technology, which finds a balance between high performance and low power consumption. How good this technology is remains to be seen, but Xiaomi claims that it allows you to increase the smartphone’s battery life by about 10%.
Who will get the MIUI 13 update
Xiaomi Note 11 and Note 11 Pro became the first smartphones to receive a new shell out of the box. Following them, other gadgets with pre-installed MIUI 13 will appear on the market. As for already released smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer, they will begin to receive the corresponding updates this quarter.
Well, their list looks like this:
The global version of MIUI 13 received a slightly updated design with a new set of widgets, becoming even more functional and at the same time simpler. The company has done an excellent job of improving the operating system’s security, improving its energy efficiency, and “smart” allocation of system resources.
But, of course, these are just the key features of the new shell. We are yet to figure out all its subtleties.