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Is this the next Pocophone?...or just a re-named Redmi K30?

The Redmi K30: up for a rebrand? (Source: Kimovil)
The Redmi K30: up for a rebrand? (Source: Kimovil)
Recently, a phone called the "Xiaomi POCO X2" has appeared on the Geekbench 5 database. It is listed as having 8GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz processor and as running on Android 10. However, suspiciously enough, there is another device with the exact same specs out there: the Redmi K30.
Deirdre O Donnell,

A device with the name Xiaomi POCO X2 has surfaced on Geekbench 5. This apparent leak may be a cause for excitement to those who are still fans of the currently MIA Pocophone brand. Its possible new addition has 8GB of RAM, runs on Android 10 and has a 1.8GHz Qualcomm processor. However, there is a 2nd phone with all of these specs on the same benchmarking website: the Redmi K30.

The newer entry even has the same chipset identifier as that of the pre-existing phone, hinting that it refers to its Snapdragon 730G SoC. The "POCO X2" has a further intriguing detail, which is its codename: phoenixin. However, Redmi K30 entries on Geekbench 5 are also similarly known as "phoenix". This does suggest that the "new POCO" and the K20's successor are in fact the same phone, and that it is headed to the Indian market under a new name.

In light of an earlier report that there may finally be a Pocophone (or POCO) F2 in 2020, it would be tempting to go with the theory that this "X2" could launch first in order to help re-ignite the brand. Then again, it makes little sense for Xiaomi India to sell the K30 by another name: its predecessor, along with the Redmi K20 Pro, are marketed under their original product names in that country, after all. Therefore, this new POCO leak is most likely simply false.

The "POCO X2" on Geekbench 5 (left), in comparison with an up-to-date listing for the Redmi K30. (Source: Geekbench)
The "POCO X2" on Geekbench 5 (left), in comparison with an up-to-date listing for the Redmi K30. (Source: Geekbench)
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-15 (Update: 2020-01-24)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.