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POCO X5 Pro 5G: First signs of three regional model variants emerge for next-generation Xiaomi mid-range smartphone

POCO X5 Pro 5G: First signs of three regional model variants emerge for next-generation Xiaomi mid-range smartphone
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The POCO X5 Pro 5G was previously thought of as the POCO X5. (Image source: POCO)
The POCO X5 Pro 5G was previously thought of as the POCO X5. (Image source: POCO)

Xiaomi is preparing to replace the POCO X4 Pro 5G, with Xiaomiui spotting the POCO X5 Pro 5G on IMEI databases. Currently, it seems that Xiaomi has developed dedicated Chinese, Indian and global models, which are all expected to land with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 782G chipset.

The POCO X5 Pro 5G has reared its head on IMEI databases, with Xiaomi having developed the 22101320G, 22101320C and 22101320I. As Xiaomi fans may know, ‘G’, ‘C’ and ‘I’ suffixes denote global, Chinese and Indian model variants, with Xiaomi still electing to run numerous MIUI distributions simultaneously. Incidentally, IMEI databases return global and Indian variants as the POCO X5 Pro 5G, not the POCO X5, as was the case previously.

Hence, it seems that Xiaomi certified the POCO X5 Pro 5G with the BIS and FCC last month, not its entry-level sibling. By contrast, the 22101320C will launch as a Redmi-branded smartphone, not POCO. As it stands, Xiaomi is expected to market 22101320C as ‘Redmi Note 12E Pro’, having already released countless Redmi Note 12 series models to date.

Regardless, all models are rumoured to rely on the Snapdragon 782G, a chipset that Qualcomm announced last month. Additionally, the POCO X5 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 12E Pro are thought to contain a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz IPS display, plus a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 67 W fast charging. Both smartphones are likely to arrive with MIUI 14 based on Android 12 though, not the newer Android 13 like the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro. For reference, the full MIUI 14 changelog has already leaked ahead of Xiaomi’s next hardware event, which we have covered separately.  

Alex Alderson, 2022-12- 1 (Update: 2022-12- 1)

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