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Xiaomi’s Redmi gaming phone may launch in India under ‘Poco’ branding

This might also be the first smartphone in India with MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset.

Poco smartphone.
Poco smartphone. (Unsplash)

Just recently we came across some rumours and leaks on Xiaomi’s upcoming Redmi gaming smartphone, which was teased by the company exec months ago. Now, some more information has showed up on the web and this time it is regarding the Indian market. According to tipster Digital Chat Station, on Weibo, the Redmi gaming phone carries a model number M2104K10C and a code-name ‘Ares’. However, another tipster called ‘the_tech_guy’ on Twitter, spotted the same model number handset with a ‘Poco’ branding on an Indian IMEI database.

If you have been following the model number scheme by Xiaomi, you must be aware that the device tweaks the last letter of the model number of its handset to indicate the market where it will launch. While ‘C’ means China, ‘G’ and ‘I’ mean Global and India. And given the model number of the rumoured gaming device has ‘I’ in the end, it indicates that the product might soon launch in India under ‘Poco’ branding.

Based on recent rumours, the Redmi gaming smartphone is supposed to feature a flat OLED screen with a punch hole cut on top for a selfie camera. This is something similar to what we have seen in Mi 11 and Redmi K40. Also revealed is that the product will boast of Samsung’s E4 panel and the chipset powering it could be the MediaTek Dimensity 1200. On the battery front, the unannounced gaming smartphone could have a 5,000mAh battery, which may also support 65W fast charging. It is also said to deliver full charge within 30 minutes.

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The interesting piece of rumour is that the Redmi gaming smartphone may have physical shoulder buttons for better gaming experience. This is the same that we have seen in Black Shark 4 series. The handset comes with retractable shoulder buttons, which can pop up and go back in, mush with the rest of the body as and when required.

Rumours suggest the handset to cost around CNY 2,000-2,500 (roughly 22,000 - 28,000 ), which might also make it the most affordable gaming smartphone in the industry.

Right now, the only true gaming smartphone in India is being offered by Asus in the form of ROG Phone series, which in itself boasts of high-end specs at less than usual price tag.

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