Xiaomi Redmi S2 Goes Official with AI Powered 16MP Camera in China
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled its first S-series smartphone, the Redmi S2, in China today. The smartphone is placed below the Redmi Note 5 in its home market. The design is almost identical, except the Redmi S2 has iPhone-like antenna bands. The company is marketing the smartphone as the best “Redmi selfie phone.” The device has a bezel-less design and a circular fingerprint sensor at the rear.
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD and comes with a resolution of HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2.0 GHz with an Adreno 506. It is offered in two versions: 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage. Both come with expandable memory options up to 256 GB with a microSD card.
In the optics department, the smartphone packs an AI-powered 16 MP camera of 2-micron pixel size with an LED flash in the front while offering a dual camera set up in the rear of a 12 MP + 5 MP configuration. Though the cameras come with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) that we have previously seen on the Redmi 5 Pro, the smartphone lacks 4K video recording. The cameras come with regular features like AI beautification and the Bokeh effect.
The device is the first offering from the company to run the latest Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 customizations. The MIUI features bring gesture controls, Mi Videos, Mi Drop, a new design, an updated messaging app, a new calendar, bug fixes, and the latest security patch. It is backed by a 3080 mAh battery with no support for fast charging. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a micro USB 2.0 port, and Dual SIM (two nano + micro SD slot).
The Redmi S2 has a CNY price tag for the 3GB RAM variant, while the higher 4GB variant costs CNY 1,299. Looking at the price segment, it’s more likely an alternative to the Redmi Note 5 and competing against the Honor 9 Lite. As for the availability, Xiaomi has not revealed if the device will be launched in other markets like India. Looking at the Redmi Note 5 sales in India, the smartphone may not come to India, but if it does, it’s likely to cost a bit more than the Chinese variants.