Xiaomi Redmi S2 Quick Review: Made For Offline Market

The competition in the smartphone market is becoming increasingly fierce. The manufacturers that have been focusing on traditional channels want to go online. At the same time, the Chinese smartphone makers hope to expand channels to more offline stores because they realize the power of ‘new retail era.’ At the end of April, Xiaomi released the Mi 6X, which is considered to be a flagship model of the new retail line. Thanks to an attractive design, trendy hardware, and many other features, the online market has attracted enough attention. It’s been about two months since the Mi 6X was out. But a few days ago the manufacturer came in with another amazing device named the Xiaomi Redmi S2. It’s been designed jointly with Suning Tesco. Unlike the previously mentioned model, seems the Redmi S2 has been carefully prepared to snatch an offline entry-level market. Below you can find the selling points of the Redmi S2.

Xiaomi Redmi S2 Appearance

Externally, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 continues the familiar design of the previous Redmi-series handsets. On the front, it uses a 5.99-inch full-screen. The width of the borders, as well as the thickness of the forehead and chin, are medium. So the overall screen ratio is quite attractive. Above the screen, the Redmi S2 also incorporates a pre-soft light in addition to the 16MP front camera, which serves as a self-timer.

From the back, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 looks like the Xiaomi Mi 6X. It uses the same double-ribbon antenna design with arc lines at the edges to achieve a more harmonious look and feel. This design also affects the ergonomics.

Generally, the Xiaomi Redmi S2‘s design is not outstanding, but with an 18:9 full-screen and an integrated back-all-metal body, it looks like a flagship smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi S2 Hardware

The Xiaomi Redmi S2 is no exception. It is packed with a Snapdragon 625 chip, which is paired with various memory options and 3080mAh battery. Say, 3+32GB variant is priced at 999 yuan, while the 4+64GB option costs 1299 yuan. Because of the SND625, we can’t put it into a category higher than the mid-range. Actually, we are dealing with a low-end smartphone with strong selfie features.

Xiaomi Redmi S2 Camera

The camera module is placed in the left corner of the fuselage. The 12MP +5MP dual-camera uses a vertical arrangement. The LED light is placed in the middle of the two lenses, preventing the body from an additional opening. The Redmi S2 also uses a back-mounted fingerprint recognition module, which is located at the center of the fuselage.

Xiaomi Redmi S2

The selling point of the Xiaomi Redmi S2 is its 16MP front camera, which also comes with an AI Self-portrait. Not in vain, it’s considered as the cheapest selfie-centric smartphone coming our way from a top brand.

As we can see, the front-facing camera is capable of providing clear photos with every detail. Plus, it supports AI beauty that comes with a significantly improved skin identification and beautification. In the photo below, the ambient lighting of this test is orange-yellow. But thanks to the artificial intelligence algorithm, the makeup on the model’s face is still clearly preserved.


In general, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 indeed looks like a model tailored for the offline market. The high-value appearance, excellent self-timer experience, and the unique hardware configuration make it the most attractive smartphone around the globe. If nothing strange happens, the Redmi S2 will become an important player in Xiaomi’s offline market battle.

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