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Xiaomi Redmi S2 selfie phone launched: Full specifications, price, features

Targeted at selfie enthusiasts, Xiaomi Redmi S2 comes with AI-based 16-megapixel front-facing camera. Here are full specifications and features of Redmi S2.

tech Updated: May 11, 2018 14:58 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
Xiaomi Redmi S2 with 16MP front camera launched
Xiaomi Redmi S2 with 16MP front camera launched(Xiaomi)

Xiaomi on Thursday announced a new smartphone focused at selfie enthusiasts. Called Redmi S2, Xiaomi’s latest smartphone has been released in China. The smartphone is available at a starting price of CNY 999, which is Rs 10,000 approximately. The top-end model of Xiaomi Redmi S2 is priced at CNY 1299 (Rs 14,000 approximately). USP of Xiaomi Redmi S2 is 16-megapixel front-facing camera which comes with a range of Artificial Intelligence-based features for better portrait shots and sharper results.

Xiaomi Redmi S2: Design
The smartphone looks quite similar to the recent Xiaomi smartphones. It has an 18:9 display but with thicker bezels on the top and bottom. On the top it has 3.5mm headphone jack while base features USB port with speaker grilles. On the back it has two cameras on the left top corner and a fingerprint sensor at the centre. The antenna lines run around the border of the phone, making the back panel look neater. The smartphone is available in three colour options – pink, grey and gold.

Xiaomi Redmi S2: Full specifications
Xiaomi Redmi S2 has a 5.99-inch HD+ LCD display. It runs on Android Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 custom ROM and is powered by Qualcomm’s mid-range focused Snapdragon 625 processor. The smartphone is available in two variants featuring 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, and 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The phone comes with a microSD slot for expandable storage.

Redmi S2’s highlight is the camera. On the back it has a dual-camera setup, consisting of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. On the front, it has a 16-megapixel sensor. Key camera features include phase detection auto focus (PDAF), electronic image stablisation (EIS), and full HD video recording support.

Connectivity options include dual-SIM, 4G, 4G VoLTE, and a 3,080mAh battery.

Here are the highlights from the launch event.

1:03pm: That’s all from Xiaomi’s event in China. Just a recap, Xiaomi launched its Redmi S2 today. The smartphone is aimed at selfie enthusiasts. It comes with 16-megapxiel front camera along with a range of AI features. The smartphone will be available in China at a starting price of CNY 999, which is roughly Rs 10,000.

12:56pm: Full specifications of Redmi S2: 5.99-inch HD display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It runs on Qaulcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and is available in 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB variants. On the software front, it runs MIUI 9.5, which is based on Android Oreo. The smartphone is powered by a 3,080mAh battery. For photography, it has 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras. On the front, it has a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

12:53pm: Acloser look at the front and back cameras of Xiaomi Redmi S2


12:49pm: Xiaomi is expanding its Redmi portfolio with new phones.

Redmi S2 is the latest Xiaomi phone.
Redmi S2 is the latest Xiaomi phone. ( Xiaomi )

12:47pm: Summing up Redmi S2 specifications. The smartphone comes with AI-based camera features. It has 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors on the back. On the front, it comes with a 16-megapixel camera. The smartphone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.

12:46pm: A new Mi logo?

Xiamoi launches Redmi S2 smartphone.
Xiamoi launches Redmi S2 smartphone. ( Xiaomi )

12:41pm: Xiaomi is also following footsteps of major tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Facebook to include Artificial Intelligence on its phones. Earlier, Huawei also launched P20 Pro with AI features. Likes of Motorola and Asus have also launched phones with AI. In the case of Redmi S2, AI allows the phone to deliver better portrait shots and smarter image recognition.

12:38pm: More details on the dual-rear camera setup: It comes with a combination of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors and 1.25um microns.

12:34pm: Xiaomi points out the benefits of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor which is already powering a Xiaomi devices.

12:33pm:Ahead of the launch, a listing on Aliexpress had revealed key specifications of the phone. READ: Redmi S2: Xiaomi’s new phone is aimed at selfie enthusiasts

12:30pm:Xiaomi Redmi S2 base model has 32GB storage onboard. The top-end model comes with 64GB storage.

12:27pm: The smartphone with 3GB RAM is available for CNY 999 (Rs 10,500 approximately). The top-end model is priced at Rs 14,000 approximately. If launched in India, the smartphone is likely to be priced much lower.

12:26pm: The smartphone is available at a starting price of CNY 999. The top-end model is priced at CNY 1299.

12:25pm: Xiaomi Redmi S2 is available in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants.

12:22pm: Here’s how Xiaomi Redmi S2 fares against the competition.


12:20pm: Xiaomi Redmi S2 also joins a long list of smartphones to come with iPhone X-inspired Face ID feature. The technology allows users to unlock a phone by looking at the screen.

12:19pm: The smartphone comes with a dual-SIM slot, but has an additional slot for microSD. Overall, the tray has three slots allowing users to use two SIM cars and microSD card.

12:18pm: Xiaomi Redmi S2 is powered by Qualcomm’s 14nm based 625 processor.

12:16pm: In terms of design, Xiaomi Redmi S2 looks very similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro. The front has a wide display but with good amount of bezels on the top and bottom.

12:15pm: The smartphone is available in three colour models.

12:14pm: Xiaomi Redmi S2 has USB port at the bottom with speaker grilles on the sides. It has antenna lines running around the borders of the phone - a new format the company has been experimenting of late.

12:12pm: On the back it has a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor.

12:11pm: Xiaomi Redmi S2 comes with 16-megapixel sensor on the front. The smartphone uses AI to deliver improved portrait shots.

First Published: May 10, 2018 12:11 IST