Xiaomi seems to bring another budget Redmi device, this time starting a new line-up, S series. Starting with 2 seems odd but we expect it to be influenced by the in-house chipset Surge S2 which might release alongside this smartphone.
Xiaomi, the 4th largest smartphone manufacturer globally and second in China has been expanding their territory in all aspects. They have a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) from smart gadgets to laptops. They are expanding to European countries as of now and have teased plans for the US too.
The Xiaomi’s most dominant devices are the Redmi series itself and the Redmi Note series. Recently though, we come to see certain new devices in various countries like Xiaomi Redmi Y1 in India. The newer S series looks like an experimental line-up for testing out their own chipsets, Surge which started last year.
Xiaomi Redmi S2 got some rumors alongside Xiaomi Mi 6X earlier. The design and build are more similar. The internal and the display make up the difference itself. Yesterday, a third-party mobile retailer which sells Xiaomi phones globally listed S2 on their site even before the official announcement is made. Apart from that Xiaomi themselves released a few trailers for the phone with the invite to the launch event to be held on 10th May in China. Following is the brief on the specification of Xiaomi Redmi S2.
The processor as listed on the AliExpress site is Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which is good midrange performer. The chipset is more than 2 years old and Xiaomi has not moved on with the newer one which is why SD 625 is rightfully called as the favorite chipset of Xiaomi. Initially, analysts suggested Surge S2 to power the device which is very less likely at this point.
The RAM and memory vary with different variants. From the leaks we see 2 + 16, 3 +32, 4+64 variants for the device. The battery is the 3080 mAH like the newest Mi 6X. Xiaomi Redmi S2 share a lot of similarities with the 6X. the build and form factor of the device is same. It has got unibody metal design. The screen is 5.99 inches diagonally with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The resolution is sadly HD+ (720* 1440) giving a very low pixel count. On the back are the fingerprint sensor and iPhone X style dual camera setup. The selfie camera is said to be the best of the Redmi devices. A leak said it is large 16 MP camera on the front for selfies which can face the selfie competition with Huawei and Oppo.
The phone listed on the site was priced between 165.99 to 193.99 USD. Excluding the overprice margin, we expect the phone to launch at 899 CNY for the starting variant and go higher. The release date is confirmed to be May 10.
The phone seems to be very cost-effective and camera-centric. But cutting out on the display resolution for spending more on the cameras do not seem to be the best trade-off. So we do not recommend Xiaomi Redmi S2 unless the camera is the only item on your priority list and you can live with a less sharp display.