Things to Know Before Purchasing Xiaomi Devices
Things to know
On Chinese versions, it's not possible to boot the Global Stable/Developer ROM with a locked bootloader, which is inevitable to pass SafetyNet and get Google Play certification. Additionally, Xiaomi rarely releases Global ROMs for devices which are only sold in Mainland China and China ROMs are difficult to set up and use globally, so if you want a Global ROM, wait for a Global Version to come out.
Xiaomi devices, especially Chinese models, are made for the Chinese market and support primarily Chinese networks so they probably don't support all the LTE bands used in your country. Some models have Global versions which support additional LTE bands used outside of China.
During setup, it's recommended to create a Mi account but there's no need to use Xiaomi's own services, such as Find my device or MiCloud. The former makes it difficult to untie your device from your Mi account in case you want to reset it and/or sell it while the latter is simply inferior to Google's own service, Google Drive.
MIUI comes with plenty of pre-installed apps that many users see as bloatware. Some of them can be easily uninstalled but most can't. If you'd like to get rid of such apps, look into our debloating guide.
Apps are often killed in the background by MIUI to prolong battery life and as a result you might not receive all your notifications by default. To fix that, change these settings.