Xiaomi Redmi S2 is an exciting release by Xiaomi Bangladesh because of its attractive features and pricing. It is a low-mid budget smartphone with a mix of mid-range and premium features. The primary focus of this smartphone is design, display, camera and performance. The gadget is known as Xiaomi Redmi Y2 in the Indian market.
Design & Display
The body of Redmi S2 is made of plastic. But the matte finish on the back and 8.1 mm slim design make it look premium. The device comes with an almost 6-inch (5.99″ to be precise) large trendy full-view display. The display technology is IPS LCD with HD quality. So, you can’t enjoy watching videos in Full-HD mode. This can be slightly disappointing especially if you choose the 4 GB version. For that price, you can expect a full HD display. There is no display protection such as gorilla glass as well. So, there are a few disadvantages here in this section. But the good news is, you will hardly find any other disadvantages in the rest of the sections.
Camera & Video
A dual 16+5 MP autofocus primary camera and a 16 MP front camera with a few attractive features are in the heart of this gadget. There was a time when the back camera was the more important camera of a phone. But time has changed. Now the front camera is in case one of the most important factors in the entire phone for many. So, brands are focusing more on the front camera. 16 MP front camera is packed with modern features such as AI beautify, AI portrait mode, wide angle view, selfie light, auto HDR, face recognition, etc. to improve colors, adjust light, environment, focus, view and structure. But the back camera is actually even better. Phase detection autofocus, gyro electronic image stabilization and depth sensor will provide close to DSLR like photos under a good amount of daylight. It is surely one of the best camera or probably the best camera for the price in mid-2018. But of course, don’t expect Google Pixel 2 XL or Apple iPhone X kind of shots. The video recording quality is Full-HD, but the display quality is HD. So, you may need to see your recorded Full-HD videos in best quality in another device.
It is clear that the 3 GB RAM version will provide less performance than the 4 GB RAM version. But both versions have 2 GHz octa-core CPU, Snapdragon 625 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU powered by Android Oreo v8.1. So, the difference is less than you might think. Both versions should have no lag while multitasking, using apps or playing regular games. However, if the game is one of those graphics-intensive big multiplayer games, the device will inevitably lag. You may need Adreno 600 series GPU for playing top-notch games of 2018. Plus you will also need a faster LTE connection to play very high graphics multiplayer games. Sure, Redmi S2 supports high band 4G LTE connection, but the band in Bangladesh is not enough to play the top quality multiplayer games. But thankfully, it will run a few times faster than a 3G phone. Browsing, watching videos online or using social media will be much faster and you will have a more productive day.
The battery can support you for up to 2 days (for medium to regular intensive users) thanks to Snapdragon 625 and Android Oreo. Many of you may be asking but what does the battery have to do with chipset and OS? Isn’t it the mAh, size, and brightness of the display that mostly determines how fast the battery will be drained? No, not entirely. The optimization of the Chipset and are crucial when it comes to battery life. Snapdragon 625 uses 14 nm FinFET technology which reduces power consumption by 35% compared to the earlier Qualcomm chipsets. Android Oreo optimizes the background apps which often consumes a lot of power unnecessarily.
Security and Others
The gadget comes with face unlock and fingerprint technology to provide extra layers of security and personalization possibility. The Android user interface has been further customized by Xiaomi’s MIUI 9.5. There are two 4G SIM slots and another separate slot for up to 256 GB memory card. The phone has 32 GB memory in 3 GB RAM version and 64 GB memory in 4 GB RAM version. It also has infrared and OTG.