POCO X5 Pro India Launch Imminent; Could Arrive in January as Rebadged Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed Edition

The upcoming POCO phone will be yet another rebranded Redmi.


  1. POCO X5 series could include two phones in India.
  2. The Indian variant of the X5 Pro could feature a Snapdragon 778G SoC.
  3. It will also feature a 108MP main camera.

POCO is rumoured to launch the X5 series soon. The company’s top chief in India has already teased the launch of the X5 series in India. The mid-range series could include two smartphones, namely the X5 and X5 Pro. It is likely that both phones could debut in India. The devices are also rumoured to be rebadged Redmi Note 12 series phones. The POCO X5 could be a rebadged Note 12 5G, whereas the X5 Pro is said to be a rebadged Note 12 Pro from China. The two Note series phones have already been unveiled for the Indian market. The POCO X5 Pro, as per the latest report, will be a rebadged version of another Redmi smartphone in China.

A 91Mobiles report, citing tipster Yogesh Brar, has revealed the key POCO X5 Pro specifications and features ahead of its launch. Brar claims that the X5 Pro India variant will be a rebadged version of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed Edition, which was launched late last year in China.

At the moment, POCO has not confirmed any details about the phone’s India launch. The company, therefore, has also not confirmed any specifications or features of the Indian variant. Brar claims that the X5 Pro will launch in India by the end of January 2023. The report does not mention the exact launch date but claims that the phone will launch during the last week of January.

If the leaked details are true, then the X5 Pro could be yet another rebadged version of a Redmi phone. The brand was once known to be aggressive and launch its own phones that stood out against the competition with aggressive pricing and value-for-money hardware.

Also read: Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed Edition with Snapdragon 778G SoC, 108MP Triple-Camera Setup Launched: Price, Specifications

If the phone is indeed a rebadged Note 12 Pro Speed Edition, then the X5 Pro will be slightly different from the Indian variant of the Note 12 Pro 5G. The Note 12 Pro 5G in India has a 50MP camera sensor. The X5 Pro, aka the Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed Edition from China, will have a 108MP main camera sensor. The X5 Pro’s other differentiator will be its processor. It will come with a Snapdragon 778G SoC. The Note 12 Pro Speed Edition comes with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM in China along with 256GB of UFS 2.2 internal storage. We can expect something similar in India. 

Also read: Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus, Note 12 Pro, Note 12 5G with up to 200MP Camera, 120Hz AMOLED Display Launched: Price in India, Specifications

Other specifications are the same as the Note 12 Pro 5G. The X5 Pro could arrive with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen will remain flat and sport thin bezels. It will also come with 900 nits of peak brightness. There will be a hole-punch cutout at the top centre for the 16MP front camera. The phone is also likely to feature a triple-camera setup in India. As mentioned above, there will be a 108MP main camera. An 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera will accompany it.

The X5 Pro will pack a 5000mAh battery. It will support 67W fast charging as well. The device is likely to boot Android 13 out of the box. It could also have a layer of MIUI 14 on top. In comparison, the Redmi Note 12 series in India boots Android 12-based MIUI 13 out of the box. What are your thoughts about the POCO X5 series? Let us know in the comments below.