After a barrage of leaks and teasers from customers, fans and even Xiaomi itself, the company finally unveiled the second generation Redmi S with the new Redmi S2 in China. The new handset follows the same basic design principles as the latest Redmi Note 5 along with its taller display and the dual camera sensor on the back.
The handset looks to be a pretty capable mid-range handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 506 GPU. It comes with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or a 64GB internal storage respectively. It supports storage expansion through a dedicated microSD card slot.
It has a tall 5.99-inch display but you’ll only get a HD+ resolution at 720 x 1440 pixels resolution. Like all the new Xiaomi device, this handset doesn’t come with physical or capacitive buttons and instead relies on software navigation keys.
For imaging fanatics, the Redmi S2 should satisfy your needs with its AI powered imaging hardware. Upfront is a 16 Megapixel Selfie camera with LED flash and supports HDR. On the back is a dual sensor with 12 Megapixel primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens backed by a 5 Megapixel depth sensor lens. Like the Redmi Note 5, it features gyro-Electronic Image Stabilization and is coupled to an LED flash for low-lighting shots.
The new Redmi S2 runs on 3080 mAh embedded battery and boots MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. It also supports dual SIM and features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM Radio, It’s equipped with microUSB 2.0 though but still fairly works ok.
As for the price, the 3GB/32GB variant will retail at CNY 999.00 or around $160. On the other hand, the 4GB/64GB will set you back at CNY 1,299.00 or roughly $204. At the moment, the handset will be sold exclusively at suning.com and will be available in Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, and Platinum Silver color options.