Rumours: Redmi gaming phones to be sold under POCO’s branding

Rumours of a Redmi gaming smartphone are at an all-time high at the moment. With Realme doubling down on affordable yet powerful smartphones, it is Redmi that seems to play catch-up to satisfy demands of the mobile gaming community. While the complete specifications sheet is yet to come out, leaks now suggest that this phone could make it to India under POCO’s umbrella. Yes, this phone could sit above the new POCO X3 Pro as per BGR.

According to the Chinese tipster, the upcoming Redmi gaming phone is codenamed as Ares. Past reports have suggested that the device could be sporting a quad-camera system led by a Sony IMX686 primary camera.

The Indian variant of the same device has an M20104K10I model number. Shown below is the phone’s listing at the IMEI database of India (via). It reveals that the device may arrive in the country as a POCO branded smartphone. For India, Poco could change a few bits and keep the prices within the accessible territory. The Indian version could rely on the Dimensity 1200 to keep the prices down while offering high-end performance. POCO could retain all the other bits from the global POCO X3, including the AMOLED display and decent cameras.

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.

This phone is said to be equipped with specs like a 90Hz LCD panel with FHD+ resolution support, a 48-megapixel main camera, a side-facing fingerprint camera, and a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging support. It is speculated that the India variant of the phone with model number M2103K19PI will also arrive as a POCO device in India.