Xiaomi Redmi S2 released - Snapdragon 625, dual rear cameras, $160

The Redmi S2. (Source: GSMArena)
The Redmi S2. (Source: GSMArena)
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest budget device, the Redmi S2. The S2 offers features like dual rear camera, EIS, and a Snapdragon 625...and comes with a US$160 base price tag. It could also be rebranded to be an Android One device in the near future.

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Yesterday, Xiaomi announced the launch of its new budget device, the Redmi S2. The S2 will be the company's attempt at offering a device with all the bells and whistles at an extremely attractive price point. 

The Redmi S2 features a 5.99-inch HD+ display. That resolution is, perhaps, the device’s weakest point. It is powered by the Snapdragon 625, which, again, isn't the best SoC out there, and is quite annoying to see on a specifications sheet at this point. It is, however, a completely capable processor, and one that does it's job well, particularly in a budget device. 

Camera-wise, the S2 features a dual rear camera setup (12 MP + 5 MP), with EIS being a much-welcome feature. The selfie camera is an AI-assisted 16 MP sensor. 

The device has no NFC, and uses a Micro USB port—about par in this segment of the market. It's available in memory configurations of 3/32 GB and 4/64 GB. The former comes with a $160 price tag, while the latter will set you back $170 or so. 

The Redmi S2 gets its juice from a 3080 mAh battery, and runs on the Android 8.1-based MIUI 9, with Treble support making it even more attractive. 

While the specification sheet of the device isn't mind-blowing, it does offer a lot at the $160 price point. So much, in fact, that you'll be hard-pressed to find a device that offers a package anywhere near it at that price point. There's the Honor 7X and Nokia 6.1 but those cost over $40 more and it can be argued as to if they're actually better devices. 


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Ricci Rox, 2018-05-11 (Update: 2018-05-11)
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