Xiaomi has been launching mid-range phones for budget prices in India for some time now, some of the latest devices in the lineup being the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 5. It now appears that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is gearing up for the entry of yet another entry-level smartphone which will be released in India and other emerging markets.
According to a blog post on the XDA Developers, Xiaomi seems to be working on a cheaper phone, that’s slated to be named as Redmi S2. Through the leaked firmware files, we can identify that the Redmi S2 will sport a taller screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9 just like that of the Redmi 5 and will have an HD+ screen which spans a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The leak also determines the chipset as ‘msm8953’ which we basically know as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, the same chipset that powers the Redmi Note 5.
Further inside, the Redmi S2 will come with 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot for expanded memory. There has been no confirmation on the amount of RAM on the device though we expect the cheapest variant of the Redmi S2 to come with 2GB or 3GB RAM.
The talking point of this budget device will be its camera as the Redmi S2 is touted to follow the trend at bringing a dual camera setup in the budget price range. There seems to be a 12-megapixel sensor coupled alongside a 5-megapixel secondary lens that will be equipped with electronic image stabilization and Portrait Mode. There’s also a 5MP camera on the front which will be able to power the Face Unlock feature.
The Redmi S2 with the power efficient SND 625 chipset will be able to last a user to up to a full day of moderate usage with the help of the inbuilt 3,080mAh battery. The device will run on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo with an MIUI skin on top.
Xiaomi will be releasing the Redmi S2 exclusively in India and China as per what has been revealed through the firmware, though we still need official confirmation regarding the launch date or the price of the device.