There is no denying that Xiaomi has taken the crown of the budget segment king in India. In a span of little over three years. The company has managed to become the largest selling smartphone brand in India. The Redmi Note 4 that was launched last year played a pivotal role in making Xiaomi the brand it is today. It went on to become the largest selling smartphone in India last year. Xiaomi hopes to replicate the same story this year with the Redmi Note 5 series. To ensure that the company’s dream run continues unabated, they also have the lower priced Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5A models that help them cover the entire Rs.6,000 to Rs.17,000 price range effectively. And being a company that is not in a mood to rest on its laurels they recently announced a brand new budget smartphone in its home market, China. Say hello to the Redmi S2. We are hopeful that the company will eventually bring the Redmi S2 (Redmi Y2) officially to India and thought it would be a good idea to compare this new kid on the budget smartphone block to two other incumbents – the Honor 9 Lite from Huawei and the S2’s cousin – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. Let us check out how these three devices fare in a spec to spec comparison. Redmi S2 could be launched as Redmi Y2 soon in India, Xiaomi’s latest teaser hints the same.
Redmi S2 (Redmi Y2) vs Honor 9 Lite vs Redmi Note 5: Price in India
Since the Redmi S2 is yet to see officialdom in India, we will make things easier by converting its price in China to Indian Rupees. Currently, you can buy the Redmi S2 in China for CNY 999. This translates to a price tag of around Rs.10,500 in India. There is good chance that the S2, when launched in India, could sport a similar (or a lesser) price tag.
The Honor 9 Lite is sold in two versions in India – a base 3GB RAM + 32GB version for Rs.10,999 and a 4GB RAM + 64GB version for rs.14,999. You might be able to get the handsets for cheaper during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days festival.
As for the Redmi Note 5, this handset comes in two versions as well – a base 3GB + 32GB version for Rs.9,999 and a higher priced 4GB RAM + 64GB version for Rs. 11,999. Note that the Redmi Note 5 is now available via an open sale on both Mi.com and Flipkart.
Redmi S2 (Redmi Y2) vs Honor 9 Lite vs Redmi Note 5: Design, Display
All three handsets in this comparison get a dash of aluminium in their respective frames and use similar display technologies. The Honor 9 Lite is the smallest among the three with a 5.65-inch IPS LCD display. The Redmi S2, on the other hand, has the lowest display resolution among the three thanks to its 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. This results in a PPI density of 269. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, features a 5.99-inch display with a higher resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. All the three smartphones get an 18:9 aspect ratio display. Only the Redmi Note 5 gets some sort of scratch protection with an unspecified version of Gorilla Glass coating on the display. Thanks to its smaller display and high resolution, the Honor 9 Lite has the highest ppi density figures among the three contenders.
Redmi S2 (Redmi Y2) vs Honor 9 Lite vs Redmi Note 5: Hardware Specifications, Camera
The Redmi S2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and houses the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. This is the same SoC used by the other handset in this comparison – the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi S2 has been launched in two versions in China – a base 3GB + 32GB variant and a pricier 6GB + 64GB version – just like the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi S2 gets a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary shooter. The phone gets a 16-megapixel front facing camera as well. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, uses a single 12-megapixel shooter at the rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Honor 9 Lite finds itself using the Kirin 659 SoC that Huawei uses on almost all of its budget smartphones. This SoC houses an octa core processor and gets the Mali-T830 MP2 GPU for graphics. The Honor 9 Lite also gets two versions – a base 3GB RAM version with 32GB of storage and a 4GB RAM version with 64GB of storage. The imaging department is handled by a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel camera setup at the rear and a similar 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup at the front.
Redmi S2 (Redmi Y2) vs Honor 9 Lite vs Redmi Note 5: Conclusion
Prima facie, the Redmi S2 seems to be a slightly improved version of the Redmi Note 5. However, it does come with a lower resolution display which seems to be the only thing going against it. The Honor 9 Lite is almost on par when it comes to the spec sheet – however – the 64GB version of the handset is overpriced for what it offers. The Redmi Note 5 seems to be the best bet if you are on the lookout for the best overall device. You can, however, consider the S2 in case the camera performance is a primary concern – but then for that you already have the Note 5 Pro, right?