Redmi S2 allegedly spotted in the official Czech Mi Store; Also teased online by Xiaomi

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A new budget smartphone from Xiaomi passed through TENAA a few days ago, and it is named Xiaomi Redmi S2. Since it has received a certification from China’s telecom regulatory authority, it is almost certain that the phone would be released soon. Now, the phone has popped up on the official Mi Store in the Czech Republic. Moreover, Czech publication SvetAndroida appears to have gained access to the pink-coloured variant of the Redmi S2, and multiple images of the phone were posted by the publication before it pulled the webpage. It is almost certain that the phone will be made official by the Chinese smartphone brand in a few days.

Redmi S2: Specifications, Features

The Xiaomi Redmi S2 features a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution (1440×720 pixels), 18:9 aspect ratio, and minimal bezels at all four sides. It’s great to see that even entry-level smartphones now feature an almost bezel-less screen design and metal casings. This is not the first such phone from Xiaomi, though. The company’s first entry-level smartphone with bezel-less screen was the Redmi 5, which has been available in India since a couple of months. The Redmi S2 runs MIUI 9.5 software, which is based on Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

The Redm S2 is expected to feature a 12MP+5MP dual-camera at the rear with phase-detection autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. The 16MP front-facing camera on the phone can capture selfies and record 1080p videos. The phone will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM, and 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage. There will be a hybrid dual-SIM/microSD card slot in the phone. It will have a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, IR port, and a microUSB port. The Redmi S2 is expected to come packed with a 3080mAh battery.

Latest Teaser Pointing Towards Surge S2 Processor?

While everyone is expecting the new teaser poster from Xiaomi to be hinting the arrival of the Redmi S2, it could also potentially be about the company’s upcoming in-house mobile processing chipset, the Surge S2. We learned information about the processor in January earlier this year. The processor was first said to be unveiled at MWC 2018 in February, but that didn’t happen.

The Surge S2 is the successor to Xiaomi’s Surge S1 chipset, and has been designed by the company in-house in a bid to reduce reliance on MediaTek and Qualcomm. The Surge S2 is said to use TSMC’s 16nm fabrication process. It reportedly features four ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores clocked at 2.2GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and the ARM Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. The GPU is a solid upgrade from the Mali-T860 MP4 GPU found in the Surge S1. The Surge S2 is also said to be compatible with LP-DDR4 RAM and UFS 2.1 storage chips. In terms of performance, it was said to be comparable to the Kirin 960 SoC.

Redmi S2 Based Android One Phone Possible

A new report has emerged from XDA Developers which claims that Xiaomi might be looking to bring one more Android One smartphone, and that it would be cheaper than the Mi A1’s successor. It is being reported that there could be an Android One smartphone that’s based on the Xiaomi Redmi S2. The phone’s firmware has been found by FunkyHuawei.club, and was examined by the folks over at XDA Developers, and they managed to get its its codename: “daisy_sprout”.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had mentioned that a lot of consumers from India like stock Android user interface, and the company is willing to bring more Android One smartphones to the market, even in the more affordable Redmi smartphone lineup. This hints towards the existence of an upcoming Android One smartphone from Xiaomi that could be based on the Redmi S2.