MIUI 9 Preview: Themes, New Lock Screen, Split-Screen, Simplified ROM

MiUI 9 is something that we all are eagerly waiting for. We have already got a ton of leaks, screenshots, and rumors about the next big update to Xiaomi’s UI over Android called MiUI. Well, so far all the leaked screenshots have revealed that MiUI v9 is coming with the split-screen mode, finally. This is something that we have seen on the stock Android Nougat, and also, this feature is already on Samsung’s TouchWiz for some years which is called ‘Multi-Window.’

Also, the next MiUI version is bringing with it three new official themes. These are named No Boundary, Color Fantasy, and Cool Black. We have already shared the home screen and lock screen screenshots of these three themes so you can check them here. In this article, we are going to take a look at the new features that are coming with MiUI 9 and this preview of features has been shared on the official Mi Forum. Also, if you want to stay updated about the new features on the launch date, tune to Mi Forum on 26th July, 14:00 (GMT+8) as the event will be covered live there.

READ: Guide To Become An MIUI 9 Beta Tester Now & Enjoy the UI Before Others!



So yes, we have already talked about this in our previous post but let’s repeat that again. Here is everything about the three new themes (plus the default theme) that are coming with the next MiUI version –


So, the first theme is called ‘Color Fantasy, ‘ and as the name indicates, this theme is full of colors. There is no specific color that is the main color of the theme. It features set of minimalistic wallpapers as well as the rounded icons that look clean af. The lock screen of all the themes will be same except for the wallpapers that are there in every single theme. The ‘Color Fantasy’ theme has beautiful and minimal gradient wallpapers that look amazing.



The Second theme is called ‘No Boundary, ‘ and it is a kind of theme for those who want dope looking icons on their home screen. It has no limit of any squarish or round icons and instead has flat and clean icons for every app. The icons are based on the Material design, and if you are a fan of that, you will love the theme. The lock screen is the same as of the previous theme except the fact that the wallpaper is now changed to a material design wallpaper.


The third theme that is arriving with the MiUI 9 is called ‘Cool Black’ and it is for those who love dark themes with dark wallpapers and UI. The theme has got traditional MiUI style icon design but with a bit of retro effect.The lock screen of this theme has default dark wallpaper that along with the dark home screen wallpaper looks awesome.


Default MiUi 9 theme


Among the screenshots that leaked previously, we came to know that with the MiUI 9, the lock screen is getting a new design for the lock screen shortcuts. As per the official Forum, those who own Mi Devices with a front fingerprint sensor use long press home button feature to activate torch as it will unlock their phone.

You can now access it by swiping to the right on your lock screen. Useful and commonly used shortcut: Mi Home, Mi Remote, Mi Pay, Transport Card, and Torch could be accessed in one place as well.


Oh Yeah! How can we forget the much awaited MiUI feature that is finally arriving with the MiUI v9? Well, it’s the Split Screen feature that we were waiting for long. Just like on Android Nougat, the Split Screen on MiUI v9 allows running two apps at the same time. It is yet another name for Samsung’s’ Multi-Window feature that arrived with stock Android Nougat.

As per the forum – Mi Devices with Android 7.0 and above are confirmed to have split screen feature: Mi6, Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Mi 5, Redmi Note 4X just to name a few. We’ll reveal more info about list of eligible devices after the launch.


Xiaomi rolls out software updates to the China/Global beta ROM weekly on every Friday, and the company calls it Orange Friday. As per the company, with the Beta ROM, users can enjoy new features along with some major bug fixes. It’s been 340 weeks and still counting since Xiaomi is updating its MiUI ROM. Isn’t that great?

With the MiUI v9, some features will be removed. As per the forum –

As we added more features in our ROM, the ROM size eventually gets bigger and rarely used features are left redundant. Therefore, we decided to simplify and optimize our ROM by removing Child Mode, WiWide (provides public wifi networks to stores and restaurants in China), Contact Card, Showtime (Caller Profile Video) and more.

This is somewhat true as we all know with every new update, we get the update package of a bigger size. Now, there won’t be anyone who uses every single new feature that comes with any update. So, that’s why some features will be removed from MiUI 9 Update.


There are some new features that Xiaomi will only reveal at the official launch and we hope to see something really great this time.

So, this was a preview of the Xiaomi’s MiUI 9’s new features. Xiaomi is recruiting Beta Testers for the Chinesem MiUI 9 Beta ROM. So, if you are interested, then you can Apply for MIUI 9 Beta Tester here! Let us know what are your views about the new features of MiUI v9. Stay Tuned to XiaomiToday. 




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