Xiaomi HyperOS vs. MIUI 14: Exploring the Subtle Differences

Xiaomi's new HyperOS was just released, and we will be comparing it with the well-known MIUI 14.

On the surface, both HyperOS and MIUI 14 appear quite similar. It's not immediately apparent that significant changes have been made, even though Xiaomi claims to have optimized and added AI features. However, upon closer inspection, you'll start to notice the distinctions.

1. Interface and Icons

HyperOS introduces subtle icon changes, such as desaturated colors and slight design adjustments. Some icons, like the Gallery and Notes icons, have been altered. While these changes are relatively minor, they add a fresh touch to the interface. 

HyperOS also offers Advanced Textures, which enhances the visual experience with rendering effects like blurring throughout the system. However, this change may not be immediately noticeable.

2. AI, Privacy and Connectivity

HyperOS supports connections with multiple devices for sharing, a feature that comes in handy for those with compatible devices. In terms of privacy, it automatically blurs avatars and phone numbers when cropping a picture in a messaging app – a thoughtful privacy feature.

One standout feature is AI image background removal, which allows you to isolate subjects in images, change backgrounds, and resize them. The results are impressive, with clean edges. However, selecting pictures without something to block your face might lead to some comical results.

3. Captivating Animations

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of HyperOS is its animations. The weather app now has background images that closely match your current weather conditions, adding a vibrant touch. The rain effect in HyperOS is particularly captivating, with realistic raindrops falling on the screen and bouncing back – a feature MIUI 14 lacks.

Other animations, like those in the Recorder app and during app rearrangement, make the overall user experience feel dynamic. HyperOS also brings new charging animations, although personal preferences may favor MIUI 14's older animations for a tech-savvy vibe.

Smooth Performance

While Xiaomi claims that HyperOS is more powerful and smoother, the reviewer's tests suggest that MIUI 14 feels smoother and performs better. It's worth noting that the devices used were demo units and still in the early stages, so the official release might offer a different experience.

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