Redmi S2 Hands-on Video, High-resolution Photos Surface Online: Expected Price in India, Launch Date


Earlier this month, Xiaomi’s upcoming Redmi S2 smartphone was certified by TENAA in China. The images of the handset published by TENAA on its website revealed a design nearly identical to the Mi 6X as well as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. More detailed images of the upcoming Redmi smartphone have now appeared online, courtesy of Czech website SvetAndroida.

Redmi S2: Hands-on Vidoe, Leaked Images

The leaked images show the upcoming Redmi S2 budget Android smartphone in the Pink color option. Similar to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi 6X, the Redmi S2 sports a vertically-stacked dual-lens camera setup at the rear with an LED flash placed between the two sensors. The back of the handset also includes a circular fingerprint sensor. While the complete front isn’t visible in the latest leaked images, but in the hands-on video, it is quite evident that the Redmi S2 has a similar screen-to-body ratio as the other budget Xiaomi smartphones launched so far with an 18:9 aspect ratio display.

Redmi S2: Expected Price in India, Launch Date

The upcoming Xiaomi Redmi S2 is expected to be priced between the Redmi 5 and Redmi Note 5 smartphones in India. In the Chinese market, the smartphone is expected to come in three memory configurations – 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. We think it is likely that the company will be bringing only the 3GB + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variants will be launched in India. The 3GB RAM variant could be priced somewhere around the Rs.8,000 mark, while the 4GB RAM variant could cost around Rs.9,000.

As for the launch date, there is no info yet on when the smartphone will be going official. However, we do know that the handset will be headed to the Indian market, courtesy of a report published XDA-Developers recently.

Redmi S2: Leaked Specifications, Features

The Redmi S2 from Xiaomi is expected to sport a 5.99-inch sized display, similar in size to the Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Mi 6X smartphones. However, the resolution will be inferior to these smartphones at 720 x 1440 or HD+. Powering the Redmi S2 will be an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, the same chip that Xiaomi uses on the Redmi Note 5 and quite a few other smartphones in its current portfolio. In the memory department, as we have mentioned above already, the Redmi S2 will be available in three configurations at launch in the Chinese market – 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. For further expansion, there will be a microSD card slot as well, although it remains to be seen if Xiaomi goes with a dedicated slot or the more common Hybrid configuration.

On the imaging front, Xiaomi Redmi S2 will have a dual-camera setup at the rear with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, the smartphone will feature a 16-megapixel resolution snapper on the front, which should make it a more desirable option than even the Redmi Note 5 for selfie fanatics. Since the Redmi S2 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC, we expect it to support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, an IR blaster, and 4G VoLTE. Keeping the lights on could be either a 3000 or 3080mAh capacity battery. Fast charging isn’t likely to be offer though. In terms of physical dimensions, the Redmi S2 TENAA listing reveals the handset measures 160.73 x 77.26 x 8.1mm and weighs in at 170 grams. In terms of software, the Redmi S2 is expected to ship with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 out of the box. The smartphone will be available in nine colors – Black, Gray, Blue, Red, Gold, Pink, Rose Gold, White, and Silver.