Global ROM (Version) vs Chinese Version (CN version): what’s the difference and how to choose?

ByGoraud Mazanec 2019-11-23 36486

Global ROM, Global Version or China Version are some of the various variants that exist of each of Xiaomi's smartphones. Several nomenclatures that in many cases make us doubt in relation to which smartphones we are buying and whether it is a global version, a version for sale in China and whether or not it includes the famous B20 band.

That's why we're going to explain below which are the differences of each of these variants so you can know at all times which smartphone to buy or which version you are selling through the most famous sellers of AliExpress, as well as Gearbest or Banggood, among others.

Global ROM (Version) vs Chinese Version (CN version) 

Chinese Version, also known as CN Version

The Chinese version of a Xiaomi smartphone, also called the CN Version, is nothing more than the one that has been destined for sale in the Asian country. In other words, as its name implies, it is the version to be sold in China.

CN Version 

Among its peculiarities, the Chinese Version does not have Google services, so we will not have access to the Play Store applications store. Also, this version only has as languages Chinese and English, not allowing in this case its configuration in Spanish.


Another of its characteristics to take into account and in this case at hardware level, is the absence of support for the connection to the frequencies that use the B20 band. A range used for the 4G signal in Spain, which although its absence does not affect us if we are in large cities, if we live in remote villages, or even if we make an escape to the mountains, the most likely is that our signal does not get 4G coverage.

Global ROM, a Chinese Version with a Custom ROM installed.

Another of the variants that we can find in the market are the Global ROM smartphones. A version created to meet certain needs that we do not find in the Chinese Version by default, being achieved through the installation of a Custom ROM.

Global ROM 

Specifically, a Xiaomi smartphone with Global ROM is not a Global version, in fact we are dealing with a smartphone in China version that has been installed a Custom ROM, either global, an own cooked by the seller or even the famous Xiaomi EU. All this is done in order to have the Spanish language, as well as the services of Google and therefore the Play Store.


It should also be noted that this is a Chinese smartphone, so we will continue without support for the B20 band, as in this case is a hardware limitation that can not be modified via software. Also note that it is important to know that Custom ROM will install the seller and if we leave the Bootloader open, because only in this case we can save our smartphone in case of a complete brick.

Global Version, the only version prepared for use outside China

Whether we are in Spain, Europe or any other country other than China, the most recommended version that we should purchase when buying a Xiaomi is called Global Version. A variant also known as "Global Version" and for carrying these words inscribed on a small red sticker on the terminal box itself.

Global Version​ 

To be exact, the Global Version of a Xiaomi terminal is the only one that has by default all the languages, as well as the Google services installed and therefore the Play Store applications store. Similarly, at the hardware level, these models are the only ones that have support for the frequency range used by the B20 band so we will have no restrictions when using 4G signal coverage.

It should be noted that within the Global Version there are several versions of MIUI. Among them at general levels we find the GLOBAL version which is the one destined to the whole world and the EEA version which has been prepared for use in Europe.

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