Okay, thank you for that reference and information.
The response says:
"Q: How do you make sure your OS is installed without any “unwanted” code loading before yours?
A: We do not make sure about this, for a simple reason: /e/’s primary focus is deGoogling and
improving Privacy related to the industrial collection of personal data by the big techs."
To make the point absolutely clear, /e/OS is not intended for users with strong security needs, like people who can be targeted by organizations like governments, intelligence agencies, criminal organizations etc.
The more common “real life” security issue for /e/ users is the case where the device is stolen or lost.
That is why we encourage users to use the encryption mode.
. . .
So, does anyone know if Xiaomi loads code before /e gets control of the phone?
I’m afraid you’re confusing moderators erasing comments with regular users flagging posts as troll/spam/whatever irrelevant rant, and then making them become invisible to others (such as the one you ve just posted)
To stay on topic, i’m not sure Xiaomi is worse or more suspicious than any other manufacturer on that matter, or compared to samsung apple google on the software / OS side as well
I’m pretty sure that connection is started before os runs.
Modem includes a dedicated small os and can connect and get ip by their own.
It can be consulted remotely and at least china could know your ip, location and modem events every time your phone is on.