Xiaomi has started 2018 on a high note with its range of Redmi devices, especially with the ultra-popular Redmi Note 5 Pro. While Xiaomi launched the Redmi 5 last month as its new budget offering, it seems that the company has something else in its bag to join the Redmi 5 in the budget segment. Expected to be called the Redmi S2, the device will boast of some premium features aimed at the budget segment. The device will be unveiled in the Chinese and Indian markets only; if the leaks are to be believed.
Chaps going by the name of FunkyHuawei.club in XDA forums have unearthed certain firmware files that have leaked important details about an upcoming Xiaomi smartphone going by the name of Redmi S2. One of the highlighting features of this rumoured Redmi S2 is the presence of a dual camera setup — a feature which has just started seeping into the budget segment. The dual camera setup includes a 12MP + 5MP setup, while the front camera will be dealt by a 5MP shooter. The 5MP front shooter will also play a major importance as the firmware files suggest the presence of Face Unlock, which is found on the Redmi Note 5 Pro as of now.
Apart from that, the Redmi S2 is destined to carry an 18:9 display with a full HD+ resolution. The device will use the Redmi Note 5’s Snapdragon 625 chipset, which means that it should perform well on an everyday basis considering a lower-res screen with a sufficiently powerful chipset. The leaked files have till now mentioned the presence of only one variant — 2GB RAM with 16GB of storage. The S2 will also debut with MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The specifications also mention a 3080mAh battery keeping the device alive.
Xiaomi’s budget models aim to provide the best value for a particular price. While Redmi S series has been mentioned in the company’s portfolio yet, Xiaomi could end up introducing another new series of smartphones in the Indian market alongside last year’s Android One series and the Redmi Y series. There’s no mention of a tentative launch date, but expect Xiaomi to unveil it sometime soon as the leaks of the device have already started flowing here and there.