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POCO X5 Pro 5G: the first signs appear of the three types of regional models of the next generation of Xiaomi’s mid-range smartphone

POCO X5 Pro 5G has poked its head on the IMEI databases, with Xiaomi developing 22101320G, 22101320C, and 22101320I. As Xiaomi fans know, the suffixes ‘G’, ‘C’ and ‘I’ denote global, Chinese and Indian model variants, with Xiaomi still choosing to run multiple MIUI distros simultaneously. By the way, the IMEI databases return the global and Indian variants as POCO X5 Pro 5G, not POCO X5, as was the case earlier.

Thus, Xiaomi appears to have certified the POCO X5 Pro 5G with BIS and FCC last month, and not its entry-level sibling. In contrast, the 22101320C will be launched as a Redmi-branded smartphone, not POCO. As it stands, Xiaomi is expected to market the 22101320C as ‘Redmi Note 12E Pro’, having already released countless Redmi Note 12 series models so far.

Regardless, all models are rumored to be based on the Snapdragon 782G, a chipset announced by Qualcomm last month. In addition, the POCO X5 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 12E Pro are believed to have a 6.67-inch, 120Hz IPS screen, as well as a 5,000mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging. Both smartphones are likely to come with MIUI 14 based on Android 12, not the newer Android 13 like Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro. For reference, the full MIUI 14 changelog has already been leaked ahead of Xiaomi’s next hardware event, which we covered separately.