Xiaomi, through its sub-brand Redmi, recently announced Redmi K30 Pro as a follow up from Redmi K20 Pro last year. While it got rid of some of the features we saw on the regular Redmi K30, such as the 120Hz screen, it was made for that with the latest and best Snapdragon 865 processor, AMOLED screen and other upgrades. Redmi K30 was later launched in the Indian market as POCO X2, the second device launched under the POCO banner after POCO F1 in 2018.
This decision was greeted with much excitement from the technology community, because everyone had long hoped for the successor to POCO F1. While POCO X2 is actually not a direct follow-up, it shows that the brand is good and alive and focuses on releasing value-oriented devices. The rise of this brand gives users hope that the Redmi K30 Pro will be launched in India as the long-awaited POCO F2, marking it as a “direct successor” with the flagship Qualcomm SoC. We suspect that Redmi K30 Pro will be launched in India under the brand name POCO, but the recent Google Play list has provided an interesting touch.
Today, Google’s Play certified device list, a list of all devices that are certified to use Google Mobile Services, is updated with new entries. And this entry includes a new version of Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro (code name “lmi“) With the model name” POCO F2 Pro “. This implies that the Redmi K30 Pro will be renamed POCO F2 Pro.
This list reinforces our previous findings that the Redmi K30 Pro will be launched under the POCO brand. However, Redmi K30 Pro exists as two variations of the code name – “lmi“as good as”lmiin” “Enter” at the end of the device name code indicates the Indian model, as already custom with several Xiaomi and Redmi devices. This list does not use “lmiin“For POCO F2 Pro, but only”lmi” Furthermore, “lypro“, Which is the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, see the corresponding Indian variant in the form of”lmiinpro“Which maintains the same Redmi branding. This led us to conclude that the Redmi K30 Pro will likely be launched in India under the same brand, and the device will be renamed POCO F2 Pro for other markets.
But then, how our own report who claims that Redmi K30 Pro was launched in India under the POCO brand? This report is based on evidence that shows that devices with the code name “lmi“And”lmiin“Will call a method in the camera application that adds the” SHOT ON POCO Phone “watermark. POCO at that time was limited to India, which at the time, led us to the conclusion that the Redmi K30 Pro would be renamed the POCO device for India. However, since then, the POCO global social media account changed from the previous “POCOPHONE” branding to “POCO”, displaying some of the activity on this front. This new development, combined with new evidence from the Google Play list, leads us to the conclusion that Redmi K30 Pro will be renamed POCO F2 Pro for markets other than India, while India will see Chinese branding maintained. Why? Why is the confusing mess between device code names and sub-brands incompatible? That is something only Xiaomi can answer.
POCO India GM Mr. C. Manmohan ever reportedly mentioned to fans during the Zoom meeting that POCO F2 would not be a branded Redmi K30 Pro. However, we do not know exactly what was said, and there is no video evidence of this quote. Nevertheless, the reports reported are indeed harmonious. POCO F2 (not Pro) can still be changed to another phone.
We don’t know yet when Xiaomi plans to unveil the device in India. This country is currently under COVID-19-induced locking, which has been led to some telephone launch delays.
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