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Xiaomi Redmi S2 review: the best new budget smartphone

ByGB Blog Official 2018-05-21 25533

The Redmi S2 is the latest budget smartphone from Xiaomi, a company that is well-known for its high-spec-low-price smartphones that have taken the mobile market by storm on more than one occasion. In this post, we take an up-close look at the S2: its features, performance and price point.


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Xiaomi Redmi S2: dry specs

We kick off with the table of the Xiaomi Redmi S2's key specs to give you a general idea of the device's capabilities.

Display 5.99 inch, 1440 x 720 pixels screen
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHz
ROM 32GB (expendable)
Operating system Android 8.0
Cameras 12.0MP + 5.0MP rear camera, 16.0MP front camera
Extras Face unlock, fingerprint sensor


Xiaomi Redmi S2

Xiaomi Redmi S2 5.99 inch 4G Phablet Global Version - GRAY
$182 $165.99    


Xiaomi Redmi S2: display & design

The Redmi S2 comes with a very decent display size — a 5.99 inch — which immediately places the phone into the phablet category. You get a high-quality capacitive HD display with an impressive 1440 x 720 resolution.

Xiaomi Redmi S2: display & design

The phone's design can be best described as classic. The Redmi S2 comes very close to a bezel-less look and measures 6.33 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches. The device features

three different card slots that take Nano SIM cards — just like you would expect from most of today's smartphone models, there is a charging port, front and back cameras, a fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack.

the three different card slots on Xiaomi redmi S2

Xiaomi Redmi S2: hardware & software

The Redmi S2 comes with the performance-oriented Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (MSM8953), an Octa Core processor that also powers some of the company's other famous models like the Redmi 5 Plus and Xiaomi Mi A1. Your gameplay is supported by the Adreno 506 GPU and there is a combo of 32GB of ROM (which can be extended externally to up to 256GB) and 3GB of RAM.

the CPU performance on Xiaomi Redmi S2

One of the highlights of the Redmi S2, according to Xiaomi, is the phone's ability to achieve the perfect balance between power consumption and performance. The phone runs all standard applications smoothly, is capable of multitasking and offers an efficient gaming experience. A nice addition to the already stable performance is the adoption of the latest Android system — Android 8.0, which, in turn, gives  you access to plenty of upgrades, extra features and all the latest apps on the Play Store.

Xiaomi Redmi S2: battery & cameras

The Redmi S2 comes with a Li-ion battery of 3080mAh, which is quite impressive for a phone with such a modest price tag. The battery will give you enough juice to keep your favorite apps running for a decent amount of time and, thanks to the improved power consumption balance mentioned above, will not require frequent recharging.

Xiaomi are proud of the phone's front camera — a 16MP front shooter letting you take quality selfies with high resolution even in low light conditions. On the back, there is a dual rear camera — 12MP + 5MP equipped with an AI learning mechanism that ensures a better focus and is particularly helpful in portrait mode. You get the option to record your mobile videos in 4K — thus, the phone is a good option for those who love to snap those selfies.

the front camera performance of Xiaomi redmi S2

the rear camera performance of Xiaomi redmi S2

Xiaomi Redmi S2: extras

One of the key highlights of the S2 is that it's one of the few (if not the only) budget smartphone model that comes with AI face unlock capability. Though the technology is still quite new and you may (and should) expect a few glitches here and there, it's definitely nice to have the option to try face recognition for yourself. The phone features a standard set of helpful sensors including a gyroscope, electronic compass, distance sensor, G-sensor control, accelerometer, and more.

the AI face unlock function on Xiaomi redmi S2

Xiaomi Redmi S2: summing it up

Priced at just $165.99, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 is a real bargain. Featuring facial recognition, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core processor, a large 5.99 inch HD screen, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage, a 3080mAh battery and running on the latest Android 8.0, the smartphone brings a lot of modern features to the table — and does so in a very affordable way.



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