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TL;DR
  • A TUV Rheinland listing suggests the next Poco phone could be a rebranded Redmi 9.
  • The listing reveals that the new Poco phone and Redmi 9 share the same model number.
  • The upcoming Poco M2 Pro has a different model number though.

The Xiaomi Redmi 9 launched in Europe earlier this month, bringing a cheap price tag and a powerful chipset for a low-end phone. We’re expecting the phone to launch in several other markets in the coming weeks and months, but it now seems like the handset might undergo a name change in some regions.

XDA-Developers spotted a TUV Rheinland listing for a new Poco phone, carrying model numbers M2004J19C, M2004J19G, M2004J19I, M2004J19AG (Redmi), and M2004J19PI (Poco).

The outlet rightfully notes that the M2004J19 model number refers to the Redmi 9 series (with C, G, and I corresponding to Chinese, global and Indian variants). But why would the listing specifically call one of these models a Poco device?

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Well, the only conclusion we can draw is that an upcoming Poco phone will in fact be a rebranded Redmi 9 series phone. We already know that Xiaomi is working on a Poco M2 Pro, owing to the firm’s own disclosure and certification listings. But the Poco M2 Pro reportedly has the model number M2003J6CI, which means it likely isn’t a rebranded Redmi 9.

XDA-Developers suggests that the rebranded Redmi 9 could be the Poco M2 though (i.e. not a Pro model). The Redmi 9 hasn’t launched in India yet, so this seems like the most likely launch market. But the Redmi brand is also mega-popular in India, so abandoning it for the Poco name would be an odd decision.