For now, Xiaomi only confirmed that its two current flagships, the Mi 4 and the Mi Note, will be upgraded to Marshmallow, sometime “soon.” Xiaomi will initially release the update in a beta program, with a wider release to follow. The update could be launched as soon as next week.
According to the Weibo post, Xiaomi will keep the current MIUI version number (MIUI 7), suggesting that the user-facing changes coming with Marshmallow will be limited. MIUI 7 was launched in August 2015 and is based on Android 5.1.
Somehow ironically, a Windows 10 build for the Xiaomi Mi 4 was released earlier this week. It looks like Microsoft was able to bring the most recent Windows version to Xiaomi’s flagship faster than Google’s Android.
No info yet on the other devices in Xiaomi’s range, including the just announced Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
As for the much anticipated Xiaomi Mi 5, the top-of-the-range device is currently expected to launch in January, with a release from February 2015. Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun promises the device will be totally worth the wait.