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Poco F2 tipped to be a rebadged Redmi K30 Pro sans 5G support

The Poco F2 will likely be the same, but with a different badge. (Source: Redmi)
The Poco F2 will likely be the same, but with a different badge. (Source: Redmi)
The Poco F2 is coming, and it's touted to be rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. Interestingly, it's also said to eschew 5G support entirely, which could help Xiaomi keep the phone's pricing even below the already impressive Redmi K30 Pro. Perhaps, at US$400?`
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The Poco F1 stormed the world back in 2018 with its ridiculously potent value for money proposition. Xiaomi failed to follow it up with a Poco F2 in 2019, though, but it would seem that we're finally set to get the successor to the Poco F1.

According to popular Xiaomi-centric leakster "@Xiaomishka", the Poco F2 is on the way. The phone is said to be a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro, albeit without 5G support. That's sensible, we'd say, as the Poco X2 was also just a rebranded Remi K30 4G, and rebranding an already very impressive device in the Redmi K30 Pro saves Xiaomi R&D costs.

If the source is anything to go by, keeping the Poco F2 a 4G-only device also helps Xiaomi save more money, essentially making it possible for the phone to be even cheaper than the Redmi K30 Pro. While the Snapdragon 865 the phone will feature is 5G-capable, Xiaomi should be able to save money on certification fees. We've seen Samsung do something similar with the Galaxy S20 series in India, as India has no working 5G infrastructure at the moment.

The base Redmi K30 Pro with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage starts at US$425, albeit only with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.0 storage—as opposed to LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1 on higher models. We could see the Poco F2 stick with that same configuration, and launch with a price tag of right around US$400. That would be an unprecedented level of value for money, carrying the mantle of the original Poco F1 unequivocally.

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Ricci Rox, 2020-04-21 (Update: 2020-04-21)