The new Redmi handset was seen in the teaser by Xiaomi in various social media channels, though not many details were revealed. As per his statement, the company is making smartphone cameras its top priority.
The core selling point of the Xiaomi Redmi S2 is the portrait selfie. At the front, the device features a 16MP camera with AI integration for better low light Selfies. It should be a good indication that the Redmi S2 would launch as a Y series smartphone in India, maybe as the Redmi Y2. To recall, the brand introduced its Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite in India with the highlighted features being the selfie camera.
Xiaomi has doubled its volume year on year and in line with the duty hike on populated PCBs, Xiaomi announced its big move towards local manufacturing by setting up its first SMT (Surface Mount Technology) facility in Tamil Nadu in April 2018.
Xiaomi recently unveiled the Redmi S2 in China touting it as the Best Selfie Smartphone, and it won't be a surprise if Xiaomi India launches it in the sub-continent. The variants include Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver, and Rose Gold colour options. With its primary focus on offline channels, itel and Tecno branded phones are doing well in the highly price sensitive India market.
The USP of the phone is a 16 megapixel front facing snapper with 2um micron pixel size and the budget price.
The India smartphone market saw a shipment of 30.0 million units in the first quarter of 2018 while recording 11% year on year growth, IDC said on Monday.
Xiaomi clearly wants to take on the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Google, when it comes to smartphones' camera prowess. The phone may be a budget offering but this one comes with a dual 12MP and 5MP cameras with AI Smart Beauty. If you look at the Mi A1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, the devices ships with improved camera sensors.
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 features 5.99-inch HD+ display with 1440 x 720 pixels resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9.
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with MIUI 9 on top while the whole package is backed by a 3080mAh battery.
Powering the Redmi S2 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. Xiaomi noted that it's widely used by other Xiaomi phones.