POCO F2 Pro will be a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro
Many of us expected the Redmi K30 Pro to hit Indian shores as the POCO F2, but C. Manmohan, the General Manager of POCO has revealed otherwise: the POCO F2 will not be a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. Well, he didn’t lie, as the Redmi K30 Pro will apparently be marketed as the POCO F2 Pro, as revealed by Google’s list of Play-certified devices.
Both the Redmi K30 Pro and POCO F2 Pro will share the same codename “Imi”. The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition Zoom Edition might also make its way to India as the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, which bears the codename “Imiinpro”. Here’s a more in-depth comparison between the Redmi K30 Pro and the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition.
XDA-Developers believes that the Redmi K30 Pro will be marketed in India not as the POCO F2 Pro, with the POCO F2 Pro hitting global markets instead. This is because the POCO F2 Pro was not listed with the codename “Imiin”, the “in” suffix indicating an Indian model. Which leaves the POCO F2 name open. What will be the POCO F2?
Considering Xiaomi’s lack of coherence when it comes to naming, especially in the Indian market, as they launched the Redmi Note 9 Pro alongside the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, with no base variant of the Redmi Note 9 available, before the Redmi Note 9S made it to our shores, I might think that the POCO F2 might end up being a myth, to never be released to the market.
The POCO F1 will never have a successor, and will live on as a legend, unsullied by the idea of a newer and better model replacing it in the hearts of its many fans, or the affectionately nicknamed POCOfans. It would probably have shoes much too big to fill anyway, with the fanfare around the flagship killer that took the smartphone market by storm.
POCO F2 Pro (Redmi K30 Pro) Specs
- Snapdragon 865, octa-core up to 2.84 GHz, 7nm
- Up to 8GB LPDDR5 RAM
- Up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
- 6.67″ FHD+ AMOLED display, HDR10+, 1200-nits peak brightness
- 64MP Sony IMX 686 + 13MP ultra-wide + 5MP telephoto macro + 2MP depth sensor
- 20MP selfie camera
- 4700 mAh battery, 33W Fast Charging
- 6GB+128GB: 2999 CNY (~RM1878)
8GB+128GB: 3399 CNY (~RM2129)
8GB + 256GB: 3699 CNY (~RM2316)
Oh well. The launch of the POCO F2 Pro may be delayed too with most of the world currently observing a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we will have to wait and see.
Pokdepinion: I wouldn’t mind carrying around a POCO F2 Pro. The name does roll off the tongue a lot easier than Redmi K30 Pro does…