The device ships with Android 8.1 (= Treble enabled) and Xiaomi usually lets users unlock the bootloader. Does that mean we can simply flash a generic system image (GSI) and enjoy a fully working tablet from day 1?
EDIT: Summary of findings as ...
Guys, after more than 100 replies in this thread, I feel like keeping a summary of the findings won't hurt. I've updated the OP. Please let me know if I'm missing anything.
Anyone know why this ROM isn't getting official status?
Same thing happened to me. You have to Format Data to remove the encryption.
Thanks for the clarification. I understand now!