Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled its first S-series smartphone, the Redmi S2 in China today. The smartphone is placed below the Redmi Note 5 in its home market. The design is almost the same except the Redmi S2 have iPhone like antenna bands. The company is marketing the smartphone as the best “Redmi selfie phone”. The device sport a bezel-less design and have a circular fingerprint sensor at the rear.
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 features a 5.99 inch IPS LCD comes with a resolution of HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2.0 GHz with an Adreno 506. It is offered on two versions: 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage. Both come with expandable memory option up to 256 GB with a microSD card.
Xiaomi Redmi S2 | Photo Credit: MI/ Weibo
In the optics department, the smartphone packs an AI-powered 16 MP camera of 2-micron pixel size with a LED flash in the front while offering a dual camera set up in the rear of a 12 MP + 5 MP configuration. Though the cameras come with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) that we have previously seen on the Redmi 5 Pro, the smartphone lacks 4K video recording. The cameras come with regular features like AI beautification and Bokeh effect.
The device is the first offering from the company to run the latest Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 customisations. The MIUI features bring gesture controls, Mi Videos, Mi Drop, new design, updated messaging app, new calendar, bug fixes, and the latest security patch. It is backed by a 3080 mAh battery with no support for fast charging. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5 mm headphone jack, a micro USB 2.0 port and Dual SIM (two nano + micro SD slot).
The Redmi S2 at a price tag of CNY (Rs 10,500 approx) for the 3GB RAM variant while the higher 4GB variant costs CNY 1,299 (Rs 13,750). Looking at the price segment it’s more likely an alternative to the Redmi Note 5 and competing against the like of Honor 9 Lite. As for the availability, Xiaomi has not revealed if the device will be launched in other markets like India. Looking at the Redmi Note 5 sales in India, the smartphone may not come to India, but if it does its likely to cost a bit more than the Chinese variants.