Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO stunned smartphone enthusiasts around the world with its first smartphone – the POCO/Pocophone F1. This barebones flagship killer appeased the users who demanded excellent performance while compromising on other things including display or charging. But after launching the POCO F1 in 2018, the brand went into a limbo of nearly 18 months, and only resurfaced earlier in 2020 as an independent entity to launch the POCO X2 (review), which left the entire community dazed and yearning for the real POCO F1 successor. Now, after a seemingly endless wait, the POCO F1’s successor – the POCO F2 Pro – is finally launching on May 12th.
POCO Global took to Twitter to announce the launch of the POCO F2 Pro. The event on May 12th is likely targetted at the European consumers and will take place online citing restrictions and limitations due to COVID-19.
Talking about the POCO F2 Pro, the phone has been on our radar almost since the POCO X2 launch. Sometime last week, the POCO F2 Pro was added to the list of Google Play certified devices. The phone, as per the listing, is a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. This is interesting, although not very surprising since the Redmi K30 4G was also rebranded as the POCO X2. This evidence from the Google Play listing confirmed instances from the MIUI Camera app suggesting that Redmi K30 Pro may be rebranded as a POCO device.
Back in March, POCO India’s GM had reportedly asserted that the POCO F2 will not be a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. That may be a different SKU but it’s not quite evident whether it will be another rebranded Xiaomi or Redmi phone or a new device altogether. Meanwhile, POCO might also launch another mid-ranger in India before the POCO F2 or F2 Pro and it could be called the POCO M2 Pro, which is likely to be a rebranded global Redmi Note 9 Pro (or the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in India).