Recently, Xiaomi‘s now independent Poco brand launched the popular POCO X2, and it was basically a rebranded Redmi K30 that was earlier launched in China. This may have fuelled speculations that the Redmi K30 Pro 5G, which was equally unveiled in China recently, will make its debut in India as Poco F2. An XDA Developers member also found some code that suggests the Redmi K30 Pro may release as a POCO branded new phone, possibly the much-anticipated POCO F2.
That speculation or expectation has just been squashed by POCO GM C Manmohan. The GM held an interactive Zoom meeting today with fans where he shared some information. The most important is the disclosure that the POCO F2 is different from the flagship Redmi K30 Pro. He also disclosed that the F2 is in the works, and for those expecting a POCO F1 kind of surprise, he spilt some disappointing words. The Poco GM announced that the F2 would definitely not be priced around Rs 20,000 (~$265).
Recall that the POCO F1 had a RS 20,000 price tag when it was launched in 2018. This is despite packing a Snapdragon 845 chipset, a Liquid Cooling system and more. This was a crazy price tag, which definitely was superb value for money offering. But then, Xiaomi couldn’t have claimed any reasonable profit from the product as the price wasn’t competitive at all. He even advised those with a budget of around Rs 20,000 (~$265) to go for the Poco X2 instead.
While Manmohan may have put paid to rumours of the Redmi K30 Pro 5G launching as Poco F2, we may also still see the Redmi K30 Pro launch in India under the POCO brand but not as F2.
Furthermore, the Poco GM has also confirmed that the company is working on TWS earbuds. No word yet on the features or launch.