Xiaomi revealed the newest version of its MIUI skin, MIUI 10, during their 8th anniversary launch in China back in June this year. While the firmware was available to download only for beta testers in China, Xiaomi has now rolled out the first Global Beta build of MIUI 10 open for everybody with a supported device to test. While the ROM is still in the beta stages, it should still be usable as a daily driver if you do want to try out MIUI 10 before the stable ROM is released for your device.
The first beta build, with version 8.7.5 is currently supported on these devices – Mi 6, Mi Mix 2, Redmi S2, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi Mix 2S, Mi 5, Mi Note 2 and Mi Mix. Do note that in order to flash the MIUI 10 Global Beta build, your phone needs to have an unlocked bootloader, as you will need to flash the ROM through fastboot. If you’re already on a beta ROM from MIUI 9, then you can flash this build right from your updater app.
Taking a look at the main highlight of this build, Xiaomi has now added a new LDAC mode functionality for Bluetooth which is said to improve sound quality while listening to music on a pair of Bluetooth headphones. LDAC is an audio codec developed by Sony which has now been integrated into AOSP enabling OEMs to use it on their smartphones at will.
Since this is the first Global Beta build, there might be a few unstable components or a few features which might not have made it into the ROM yet. However, if you want a glimpse of how MIUI 10 I going to look like on your device, you can go ahead and flash this ROM. Another thing to note is that once you flash a beta ROM, you will no longer be eligible to receive stable ROM updates and instead, will receive beta ROM updates. If you want to know more about the new features in MIUI 10, you can read our article about it here.
For download links to the ROM for your device and more instructions on how to flash it, and for a detailed changelog, you can visit the MIUI Forums here.