Xiaomi has today added a lightweight browser to its ecosystem of services. The new app — called Mint Browser — is primarily built to offer a responsive browsing experience on underpowered phones and hence, even weighs only 11 MB. Addressing concerns around Xiaomi’s aggressive ad push, the browser’s Play Store listing does mention it’s ad-free.
There’s no surfeit of browsers for Android for both lightweight and pro users and unfortunately, Xiaomi’s Mint browser does nothing to stand out. It too comes with all the standard bells and whistles you’d expect such as a modern design, a reading mode, data saver mode, and more. The app is largely similar to what Xiaomi natively bundles on its phones and this release is most likely a way for Xiaomi to expand its presence to phones from other brands.
While Xiaomi says Mint Browser is entirely safe, it does ask for a whole lot of permissions on boot instead of bringing them up dynamically. That also, oddly, includes the phone permission but the app runs fine if you don’t grant it.
In my brief time with it, the Mint browser does seem to render web pages quickly but it’s certainly not enough to lure me away from my current browser i.e. Kiwi. However, its lightweight package size and a familiar brand name mean Xiaomi does have a chance of climbing on the charts. It remains to be seen, though, whether the company eventually begins showing advertisements on it or not.
You can download the Mint browser from this link.