Xiaomi's Mint Browser requires less storage than most Android browsers, but is just as fast

Xiaomi's Mint Browser requires less storage than most Android browsers, but is just as fast
If you're looking for a new browser for your Android phone, one that won't tax your storage and still runs quickly, you might consider Xiaomi's new Mint Browser. Weighing in at 11MB, you don't need to have a phone with 128GB of storage, or even 32GB of storage to feel comfortable installing the app. And we get why Xiaomi would offer this; after all, many of its own phones are low-end models. To compare, Microsoft Edge for Android weighs in at 76MB.

The app is available from the Google Play Store (via Android Police), although we had to find it on the web version of the Play Store. The listing did not show up on the Google Play Store app, although there is another Mint Browser listed in the store. Remember, this one is developed by Xioami, don't install the wrong one. The browser's home page features a Google search bar on top with shortcut icons to Google, Xiaomi's Mi.com website and others. At the bottom is a microphone icon that provides speech recognition for Google search requests. 

Xiaomi's Mint Browser is fast, matching the speeds of the mobile Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers. "Pinch and zoom" was smooth as well. If you have a low-to mid range Android handset, or don't have much storage on your phone, you might give Xiaomi's Mint Browser s shot. It does feature Incognito and Reading modes and will allow you to go into settings to request a desktop version of a website. You can also trick the browser into serving you the iPhone or iPad version of a site. To make that change after you've installed the browser, tap the hamburger icon at the bottom right of the screen, go to Settings > Advanced > User agent string. And tapping that same hamburger menu and the moon icon will turn on Dark Mode.

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7 Comments

1. Xyzdragon

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 2018

And you get spied by chinese Gov. Us Gov thinks youre aiding the chinese... either way bad timing might as well close developing.

2. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Nahh, I still prefer Via Browser. The browser literally block any ads, fast load, no need to load again when going back to previous page, etc. And most importantly, the app itself only took 500 KB storage.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3957; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Fast and light it is but no ad blocking that I can see and dark mode is pretty bad. Already uninstalled. Doesn't compare to Samsung browser.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3102; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

With built-in ads adder?

5. monoke

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I've tried Chrome, Firefox, Dolphin but I'm liking Puffin the best so far. It's quick, set up desktop view as default, open link/new tab to foreground. Negative is it may use more ram than others but no problems so far.

6. brasstax

Posts: 540; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Brave browser is the best for me

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Just tried it today. I find it to be pretty good the dark mode needs some improvement and it needs an adblocker but it's fast, responsive, the UI is very nice. With further improvements it could become one of the best browsers. Browsers I'd recommend are Brave browser, Kiwi browser, Samsung browser, Yandex browser, and Bromite browser

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