We all know for a fact that Mi Smartphones offer best customizability and in fact the ability to flash different ROM. with that said it looks like that feature is no more available. MIUI Forums meeting announcement that could impact the user base.

Mi Phones Manufactured in China will not Run MIUI Global ROM

From now on Mi Phones that’s manufactured for the Chinese market will not be able to run MIUI Global ROM. It doesn’t end there. This applies to phones that’s manufactured for the global market where you can no longer side load or flash the China ROM as well. Coming from a company that has been emphasizing on heavy customization, this move was completely unexpected. If you were to ask me, it is rather a smart move indeed.

There is reason why they have implemented this restriction. All the years we have encountered issues where some vendors sideload an Unofficial ROM with spywares to all the phones that has been imported from China. This, causing a major problem among the consumers. In fact, there were complaints where people would see some crying cartoon pop up on their screen from time to time. Even as a consumer myself, I have had a first-hand experience with it when I purchased my Redmi Note 2, a month before it was announced in Malaysia.

The Admin for MIUI Forums, DinaDuan stated that to be safe, make sure to purchase Xiaomi Phones via Official and Authorized Sale Channels at your respective countries. According to this thread on MIUI Forums, every single device that has been released in 2018 is affected in this process. Even if you were to try to flash, your phone WILL BE bricked. So, make sure to purchase an Imported Mi Phone at your own risk. Honestly, just don’t. Get an official Mi phone instead.

So, how do you feel about this? Do you think Xiaomi made a right move or is it something they shouldn’t have done in the first place? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, make sure to only purchase official units from Mi Store Official Online on Lazada and Shopee. If not, head over to the physical Mi Official Stores.

Source: MIUI Forums