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Sinek_

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Hello,

I've just come up with a question regarding the update of the phone's firmware.

As far as I know, there's only one version of this phone (in the sense that there aren't Global/China/India versions) but depending on where you buy it comes with one or another version of MIUI.

Seeing that on XiaomiFirmwareUpgrade we can choose between 3 different versions of firmwares (global, EEA, India and China) my question is: does it even matter what firmware version do we install on our phone?

Or even clearer: can we safely use the weekly Chinese firmware even if we use our phone in any other country or part of the world (let's say America or Europe) or will we experience performance/connectivity issues?

Thank you very much.
 

TheFixItMan

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Yes it does matter

China version will have a load of bloat apps designed for the Chinese Market that will be totally useless outside of China. Probably will have a load of other stuff included which will not function correctly outside of China.

EEA version is specifically for Europe which complies with GDPR laws so if you're not bothered about that you could use the global version instead.

I'd stick with what ever comes on your device in terms of stock rom.

If you're going to unlock the bootloader you might as well flash a custom rom
 
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SamHaLeKe

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There are two different device boards of "this phone", both with slightly different hardware (camera module e.g.) and accompanying different Firmware (also note that the concept Firmware and ROM is not the same, i.e. the official ROM's contain specific Firmware to 'control specific hardware' next to the Android version, apps, scripts, ...). There are also three different device models and three different device names. All these serve five different regions, ...

1. Xiaomi
Device Board: GAUGUIN
Device Model: M2007J17G
Device Name: Mi 10T Lite
Regional Products: Global, EEA and Taiwan
-> all have different ROM content (obviously for the different regions) and will only work best on this specific device board (only these are interchangeable). This is also Xiaomi's official Android Enterprise Recommended Smartphone

2. Xiaomi
Device Board: GAUGUINPRO
Device Model: M2007J17C
Device Name: Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G (China Region)

3. Xiaomi
Device Board: GAUGUINPRO
Device Model: M2007J17I
Device Name: Mi 10i (India Region)
-> all have different ROM content (obviously for the different regions) and will only work best on this specific device board (only 2. and 3. are interchangeable).




PS: EEA stands for European Economical Area and should cover the following: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican City, Wales


- SAM -


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Sinek_

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Thanks to both of you for taking the time to answer this thread.

I've just checked, and my device is the M2007J17G.

My question was regarding not the ROM (as I've already flashed a custom rom) but the firmware.

On the XiaomiFirmwareUpdater website (https://xiaomifirmwareupdater.com/firmware/gauguin/) there are different types of firmware for the "gauguin" model: China, India, Global and Europe.

Right now I am using the last weekly Chinese firmware (21.7.21) on my MI 10T Lite, but I wanted to know if installing the European "version", for example, would make any difference, as from what I've read, the firmware contains the modem and other connectivity related things.

Hope my questions is clearer now.

Thanks!
 

SamHaLeKe

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We both answered your question quite well, although in a different way. Please also read:


Don’t flash official GAUGUINPRO ROM/FirmWare/Vendor on a GAUGUIN device or vise versa, as it does make a difference (you said it yourself "the firmware contains the modem and other connectivity related things"). It could lead to all kind of (future) problems and even ‘brick’ your device (if you try to relock it with MiFlash). Don't push your 'luck' any further !

You’re free to flash any official Global, EEA or Taiwan ROM/Firmware/Vendor to your Mi 10t Lite (not China nor India Firmware/ROM/Vendor). Personally I would stick to what came with your device and 'strip it' to the bone ;-)

What region do you live in? -> don't answer this, just flash the right firmware ;-)

PS: XiaomiFirmwareUpdater is not very clear about the obvious differences between GAUGUINPRO and GAUGUIN at all.


- SAM -


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SamHaLeKe

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My question was regarding not the ROM (as I've already flashed a custom rom) but the firmware.

Right now I am using the last weekly Chinese firmware (21.7.21) on my MI 10T Lite, but I wanted to know if installing the European "version", for example, would make any difference

In case of this (unofficial) xiaomi.eu custom ROM weekly build 21.7.21, it all depends on what official (stock) ROM was installed before you decided to unlock your device and flash this custom ROM. If i.e. it was the official Mi 10T Lite EEA ROM, it does not matter as the (unofficial) xiaomi.eu custom ROM's uses that Firmware anyway (it does not change it, it rely on it). If i.e. it was the official Mi 10T Lite Global ROM, it does matter as EEA is a different Firmware, ... ;-)

Feel free to flash any official Global, EEA or Taiwan Firmware/Vendor to your Mi 10t Lite, according to your region (do not flash China nor India Firmware/ROM/Vendor).

PS: to me, these (unofficial) xiaomi.eu custom ROM’s are becoming somewhat “redundant” (unless you want to test out MIUI's latest evolution and apps, because they are 'build' on China's weekly ROM's), as Xiaomi is making their own official EEA (EU) ROM’s for some time now (they did not do that in the past, that’s why xiaomi.eu custom ROM’s where made in the first place).


- SAM -


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Sinek_

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Thanks for your answer.

Got it pretty clear now.

The phone originally came with the European rom, so following your advice, I'll stick to European/Global/Taiwanese firmwares.
 
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But when you use Xiaomi adb debloater, without root., Just rurn on usb debugging mode, the phone, and the rom is Awesome. Even MIUI is smooter and fastee. Lighter.
Battery is last longer.

I use redmi note 9oro 5g, and dont olan to change chine rom. I delete over 50 apps, but now phone working perfectly..
Even after 12.5 .3 , google services works.

Simple and easy:

 

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    Yes it does matter

    China version will have a load of bloat apps designed for the Chinese Market that will be totally useless outside of China. Probably will have a load of other stuff included which will not function correctly outside of China.

    EEA version is specifically for Europe which complies with GDPR laws so if you're not bothered about that you could use the global version instead.

    I'd stick with what ever comes on your device in terms of stock rom.

    If you're going to unlock the bootloader you might as well flash a custom rom
    1
    There are two different device boards of "this phone", both with slightly different hardware (camera module e.g.) and accompanying different Firmware (also note that the concept Firmware and ROM is not the same, i.e. the official ROM's contain specific Firmware to 'control specific hardware' next to the Android version, apps, scripts, ...). There are also three different device models and three different device names. All these serve five different regions, ...

    1. Xiaomi
    Device Board: GAUGUIN
    Device Model: M2007J17G
    Device Name: Mi 10T Lite
    Regional Products: Global, EEA and Taiwan
    -> all have different ROM content (obviously for the different regions) and will only work best on this specific device board (only these are interchangeable). This is also Xiaomi's official Android Enterprise Recommended Smartphone

    2. Xiaomi
    Device Board: GAUGUINPRO
    Device Model: M2007J17C
    Device Name: Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G (China Region)

    3. Xiaomi
    Device Board: GAUGUINPRO
    Device Model: M2007J17I
    Device Name: Mi 10i (India Region)
    -> all have different ROM content (obviously for the different regions) and will only work best on this specific device board (only 2. and 3. are interchangeable).




    PS: EEA stands for European Economical Area and should cover the following: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican City, Wales


    - SAM -


    Edit: typo's, layout, ...
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    We both answered your question quite well, although in a different way. Please also read:


    Don’t flash official GAUGUINPRO ROM/FirmWare/Vendor on a GAUGUIN device or vise versa, as it does make a difference (you said it yourself "the firmware contains the modem and other connectivity related things"). It could lead to all kind of (future) problems and even ‘brick’ your device (if you try to relock it with MiFlash). Don't push your 'luck' any further !

    You’re free to flash any official Global, EEA or Taiwan ROM/Firmware/Vendor to your Mi 10t Lite (not China nor India Firmware/ROM/Vendor). Personally I would stick to what came with your device and 'strip it' to the bone ;-)

    What region do you live in? -> don't answer this, just flash the right firmware ;-)

    PS: XiaomiFirmwareUpdater is not very clear about the obvious differences between GAUGUINPRO and GAUGUIN at all.


    - SAM -


    Edit: typo's, ...
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    My question was regarding not the ROM (as I've already flashed a custom rom) but the firmware.

    Right now I am using the last weekly Chinese firmware (21.7.21) on my MI 10T Lite, but I wanted to know if installing the European "version", for example, would make any difference

    In case of this (unofficial) xiaomi.eu custom ROM weekly build 21.7.21, it all depends on what official (stock) ROM was installed before you decided to unlock your device and flash this custom ROM. If i.e. it was the official Mi 10T Lite EEA ROM, it does not matter as the (unofficial) xiaomi.eu custom ROM's uses that Firmware anyway (it does not change it, it rely on it). If i.e. it was the official Mi 10T Lite Global ROM, it does matter as EEA is a different Firmware, ... ;-)

    Feel free to flash any official Global, EEA or Taiwan Firmware/Vendor to your Mi 10t Lite, according to your region (do not flash China nor India Firmware/ROM/Vendor).

    PS: to me, these (unofficial) xiaomi.eu custom ROM’s are becoming somewhat “redundant” (unless you want to test out MIUI's latest evolution and apps, because they are 'build' on China's weekly ROM's), as Xiaomi is making their own official EEA (EU) ROM’s for some time now (they did not do that in the past, that’s why xiaomi.eu custom ROM’s where made in the first place).


    - SAM -


    Edit: typo's, ...
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    Thanks for your answer.

    Got it pretty clear now.

    The phone originally came with the European rom, so following your advice, I'll stick to European/Global/Taiwanese firmwares.