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Redmi gaming phone could be coming to India as POCO device

It looks like Redmi's upcoming gaming phone could get the rebranding treatment in India.

Published onApril 1, 2021

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  • New evidence suggests the upcoming Redmi gaming phone could come to India as a POCO device.
  • The new phone is expected to offer a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 flagship processor.

Redmi confirmed earlier this year that it was working on a gaming phone, with general manager Lu Weibing suggesting it would be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 flagship processor. Now, it looks like we have a few more details about the phone, and it seems like it could make its way to India as a POCO device.

Prominent leaker Digital Chat Station reported on Weibo yesterday that the Redmi gaming phone has the model number M2104K10C and is code-named Ares. But Twitter tipster The_Tech_Guy spotted a POCO-branded phone on an Indian IMEI database, complete with the model number M2104K10I.

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Xiaomi usually tweaks the last letter of a phone’s model number to denote a regional variant. So Chinese variants end with ‘C’, Indian models end with ‘I’, and global variants end with ‘G.’ This therefore suggests the Redmi gaming phone is indeed on the way to India, and it looks like it’s receiving the rebranding treatment.

It wouldn’t be the only Dimensity 1200 phone set to make its way to India though. The realme GT Neo was announced in China earlier this week, but the device has reportedly slipped through India’s BIS regulatory body website.

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In any event, the Dimensity 1200 offers flagship-level CPU performance thanks to four Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores (no Cortex-X1 here, unfortunately). You’re also looking at the same Mali-G77 MP9 GPU seen in last year’s Dimensity 1000 series, as well as software-based ray-tracing support and refresh rates up to 168Hz.

MediaTek’s flagship SoCs have historically had a reputation for being cheaper than Qualcomm’s flagship chipsets. So it stands to reason that the Redmi gaming phone will be cheaper than Snapdragon-toting gaming phones. But Qualcomm’s flagship chips usually enjoy superior graphical performance and better support in emulators, so you might want to wait for reviews of the Redmi/POCO gaming phone before you ready your wallet.

What do you want to see from a Redmi gaming phone though? Let us know by taking the poll further up the page.