POCO C40 could be a budget MIUI Go device with a non-Qualcomm/MediaTek processor

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Xiaomi spin-off brand POCO is known for offering impressive smartphone hardware at very attractive prices. The company offers a wide range of smartphones in different segments and price ranges. The POCO F and X series are aimed at the upper middle segment, while the POCO M and C range focuses on the price-sensitive entry-level and budget segments. POCO’s smartphone portfolio largely consists of renowned Redmi and Xiaomi phones, with the paint job and slightly different software skin being the only real differentiator. But it looks like the company’s next smartphone isn’t just a rebranding exercise.

POCO C40 was recently spotted on FCC with model number C3QP. Since the model number is similar to the Redmi 10C (Q3Q), it was initially thought that the POCO C40 would simply be a rebranded version of its Redmi counterpart (it wouldn’t be the first time, after all). But things are not as simple as that this time around. According to XDA Senior Member kacskrz (via MIUI Polska), the POCO C40 won’t use the same Snapdragon 680 chipset as the Redmi 10C, and it won’t adopt anything from MediaTek either. Instead, it will be powered by an entry-level chipset called JR510, found in several phones from a lesser-known brand called Treswave. Additional corroboration comes from a GeekBench listing for a device named “frost”. The list of devices refers to the model number C3QP, which, as mentioned above, is associated with the POCO C40.

Besides, by kacskrz The discovery reveals that the POCO C40 can run a special version of MIUI called MIUI Go. A flag called IS_MIUI_GO_VERSION was recently added to the MIUI firmware.

A string of code mentioning the MIUI Go reference

This flag appears next to the existing IS_MIUI_LITE_VERSION flag, which Xiaomi uses to limit/disable features like floating windows and Game Turbo mode on low-power devices with less than 4GB of RAM. It’s unclear at this point whether MIUI Go is simply a system-level mode to limit or further restrict power-hungry features on low-end devices, or a special Android Go-based skin.

Details on other POCO C4o hardware are unknown at this stage. We don’t know when POCO plans to officially launch the phone, but kacskrz suggests it will be available in all markets, including Europe.


Source: MIUI Poland

Featured Image: Redmi 10C

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