Xiaomi has launched its first S-Series smartphone, the Redmi S2. The device features an advanced front-facing camera with AI capabilities, but the rest of the device isn’t much different from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Below are the details.
Redmi S2: Expected Price in India, Launch Date
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 has launched in China for CNY 999 (approximately Rs. 10,575) for the base variant, and CNY 1,299 (approximately Rs. 13,750) for the top-end variant. The base variant has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the top-end variant has 4GB of RAM and 64GB variant.
So far Xiaomi hasn’t provided any info whether the device will be launched in India or not. Although, if the device launches in India, it will be slightly costlier than what it costs in China; we expect the base variant to be priced at Rs. 11,999 and the top-end variant to be priced at Rs. 14,999.
Redmi S2: Display, Software, Hardware Specifications
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with the bezel-less design. The display has Full HD+ resolution with 18:9 aspect ratio; this is the same display hardware found on the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. Although, the company hasn’t yet confirmed whether the display has Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 is powered by the tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC that has an octa-core processor and Adreno 506 GPU. As we’ve mentioned above, the device is available in two variants; one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage.
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 is the first smartphone from the company to launch with Android 8.1 Oreo OS. The OS features the latest MIUI 9.5 customisation. The MIUI 9.5 customisation brings with it the gesture controls, Mi Drop, Mi Videos, revamped design, updated messaging app, updated calendar, bug fixes, and many other features.
Redmi S2: Camera, Battery, Other Features
Xiaomi taunts the Redmi S2 as the ‘best Redmi selfie phone’; it comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. Though many smartphones have a 16MP front-facing camera, the Redmi S2’s camera is unique, it has 2-micron pixel size, which is a much larger pixel compared to that on the other smartphones. The front-facing camera is aided by an LED flash and AI beautification. The AI features in the camera helps it to capture images with bokeh effect.
The primary camera setup of the Redmi S2 has two camera sensors, one with 12MP resolution and one with 5MP resolution. The 5MP sensor helps the device to capture images with bokeh effect. The primary camera has phase-detection autofocus and an LED flash. Unfortunately, the Redmi S2 misses out on 4K video recording, which is also the case with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 has a relatively small 3080mAh battery, as opposed to the 4000mAh in the similarly priced Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. The battery also lacks the fast charging feature. The Xiaomi Redmi S2 has a design similar to the Redmi Note 5, but this time around, the device has antenna bands which look the same as that on the newer iPhones. The exposed antennas not only gives the Redmi S2 a better signal strength but also gives the device a better design signature.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 was criticised for having a hybrid SIM card slot, which is why the Redmi S2 comes with dedicated slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB). The device supports 4G VoLTE and has Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, infrared emitter, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and a microUSB 2.0 port.
Looking at the pricing and specifications, it looks like the Redmi S2 will be an alternative to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and not an upgrade. We doubt that Xiaomi will launch the Redmi S2 in India, as its Redmi Note 5 series is already hit.