Redmi Note 8 (codename Ginkgo) becomes one of the best-selling Xiaomi phones in Q4 2019. In fact, in this Q1 2020, the phone is still strong getting consumers’ attention. In case if you didn’t know it yet, there is another variant of this phone dubbed as Redmi Note 8T (codename Willow).
The 8T variant sports the same features and specification as Redmi Note 8. The only addition is NFC. Hence, Redmi Note 8T is rolled out mostly in European countries where the NFC-based payment system is widely used.
Other than NFC, both devices are almost identical.
Now comes the great news for the owners of both smartphone series. The first build of Pixel Experience based on Android 10.0 Q is coming to both phones. It is not the official one, however.
Thanks to the XDA member, DarkJoker360, has managed to build Pixel Experience based on AOSP. His build boasts similar key features as the official Pixel Experience ROM in general.
Moreover, the developer also confirms that everything works with no known major and critical issues.
This first AOSP-based Pixel Experience v10 for Redmi Note 8 (and 8T) comes with the latest Android 10.0.0_r23 and the latest security patch. Rest assure that the ROM is secure.
Take a sneak peek to its key features below:
- GApps included
- Mobile data
- FM Radio
- Fingerprint reader
- NFC (Redmi Note 8T)
Pixel Experience is a custom Android ROM built with a purpose to bring the looks and feels of Google Pixel phone to any other Android ROM. It sports all the Pixel’s goodies including wallpapers, icons, fonts, design styles, boot animations, and so on.
In short, the ROM will transform your phone to look like a Google Pixel user interface (UI) by bringing its user experience (UX).
You can grab the full ROM pack from the following direct links. All the files are original, untouched, and unmodified. Feel free to use your favourite download manager app.
PE ROM v10 Android 10.0 for Redmi Note 8 (Ginkgo):
PE ROM v10 Android 10.0 for Redmi Note 8T (Willow):
Changelog v10 build 20200116:
- Initial Build
- Enforcing SELinux
- Graphics updates
- SurfaceFlinger updates
- Fixed display issues with Huaxing panel
- FP working for encrypted and decrypted phones
- Adjusted CPU frequencies
- Smooth User Interface
Please do understand several points before proceeding to the install process.
First, this guide is applicable on both Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T regardless of its region (China, Europe, India, Indonesia, or Global).
Second, it is necessary for your phone to run the latest MIUI 11.
Third, do not come from another custom ROM (Lineage, Evolution X, Paranoid, etc). If you do, please flash the latest MIUI 11 first before following this guide.
Lastly, please proceed with full caution. We hold no responsibility for any damages which may happen to your phone. Create backups of all your data and files.
Follow these steps:
Step 1 – Unlock the bootloader of your phone. Read the full guide on how to unlock MIUI bootloader officially here.
Step 2 – Extract Xiaomi ADB Fastboot Driver zip file (miui-ADB-Driver-Installer-v1.4.3.zip) and install it on your computer. Make sure you install it on C:\adb\.
Step 3 – Extract the miui-platform-tools_r28.0.1-win.zip on your computer. You will get a folder called platform-tools.
Step 4 – Flash TWRP custom recovery. You can use either the official TWRP or Orangefox TWRP.
Step 5 – Reboot your phone to TWRP recovery mode. Turn off your phone completely, then press the Power and Volume Up buttons simultaneously. You may need to do the “swipe to confirm modifications” if this is your first time entering TWRP.
Step 6 – Choose [Wipe] from the main menu, then choose [Format Data].
Step 7 – TWRP will ask for confirmation. Type Yes and hit Enter on your keypad.
Step 8 – Once the formatting process is done, connect your Redmi Note 8/8T phone to your computer using its USB cable.
Step 9 – Go back to the main menu of TWRP, choose [Reboot], then choose [Recovery]. Your phone will reboot back to the TWRP recovery.
Step 10 – Copy all the zip files to the phone’s internal storage. Place Pixel Experience 10 (zip) and Magisk (zip) in the root directory of your phone. Copying Magisk is optional, only if you want to root your phone.
Step 11 – Choose [Install] from the main menu of TWRP.
Step 12 – Locate the Pixel Experience zip file, for instance: PixelExperience_ginkgo-10.0-20200116-1401-DarkJoker360.zip. Tap on it to select it.
Step 13 – Do the “Swipe to confirm flash” action. Sit tight and wait for TWRP to flash the zip file.
Step 14 – Once done, go back to the main menu then choose [Install] again. You can skip this step and jump to Step if you don’t want to root.
Step 15 – Now find the Magisk zip file, for instance: Magisk-v20.2.zip. Tap on it to select it.
Step 16 – Do the “Swipe to confirm flash” action. Sit tight and wait for TWRP to flash the zip file. This should finish faster than flashing the ROM file.
Step 17 – Finally, you can now choose [Reboot] then choose [System].
Voila! you have installed Pixel Experience 10.0 on your Redmi Note 8.
p.s: This is not an official ROM. Luckily, according to its developer, he will work on its OTA update once he has time. Otherwise, you may have to flash the full zip file once an update available.