While hardcore fans of Chinese phone superstar Xiaomi are still waiting for the company’s next flagship, the Mi 4 — released almost a year and a half ago — is actually getting quite some love from the maker. Just a while ago, Microsoft announced that it’ll be partnering with the outlet to bring Windows 10 to the Mi 4, and now a Xiaomi official has revealed that a bump to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is impending for both it and the newer Mi Note.
Breaking the news on Weibo, a certain operations manager at Xiaomi says that a closed beta for a MIUI7-headed Marshmallow build will be launched shortly for both devices. Admittedly, our Chinese is a little rusty, though our read is that next week is when action’s going to happen, with the same Weibo handle having already published an image of a Mi 4 running the new software.
With Windows 10 and Android Marshmallow support, Mi 4 owners are obviously going to be happy to extend the lease on their devices at least for a while longer. The latest rumors circle February as a possible choice for Xiaomi to announce the successor to its flagship, the Mi 5, which CEO Lei Jun recently teased is well worth the wait. As small time appreciators of Xiaomi’s work ourselves, we sure hope there’s more to Mr. Jun’s statement than simple PR.