Xiaomi registers the Redmi K40 globally under its POCO brand, indicating a possible successor to the POCO F2 Pro or POCO X2
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Xiaomi may have unveiled the Redmi K40 series yesterday in China, but it did not disclose its plans for releasing its three new smartphones outside of its home market. Fortunately, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore has offered an answer for at least one of the three Redmi K40 models. Xiaomi is expected to release at least one Redmi K40 device under the upcoming Mi Note 10 series too, although this could be an India-exclusive model.
According to a recent IMDA listing, Xiaomi plans to release a device with the model name M2012K11AG under its POCO brand. The same device will have 5G connectivity, but the IMDA listing has not revealed any specifications beyond that. Typically, Xiaomi uses G as a suffix to denote global models, as with the M2004J11G and the POCO F2 Pro. While M2012K11AG may mean nothing in isolation, it corresponds with the M2012K11AC, which Xiaomi has released as the Redmi K40. The Redmi K40 has a Snapdragon 870 SoC that Qualcomm has seemingly codenamed alioth, for reference. You can read more about the Redmi K40 series, which also includes the Redmi K40 Pro and Redmi K40 Pro Plus, here.
As for the Redmi K40, it seems likely that Xiaomi will globally release this as a POCO device. If the next POCO is anything like the POCO F2 Pro or POCO X2 were last year, then it should broadly offer the same experience as the Redmi K40 with a few tweaks. The POCO F2 Pro does not have a 12 GB of RAM variant like the Redmi K30 Pro does, for example, while Xiaomi did not sell a version of the POCO X2 with 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM, as it did with the Redmi K30.