Today we would like to introduce you to the Xiaomi Redmi S2 in the Global Version in our review.
Although the Redmi S2 has been on the market for some time now, the Global Version (Hong Kong model) now has Volume 20 LTE and is also shipped with the MIUI Global 9.2 Stable ROM.
Xiaomi relies on the 5.99-inch “HD Plus” 18: 9 display in full view style with rounded corners on the Xiaomi Redmi S2, although the actual size difference to a normal 5.5-inch smartphone is limited.
Today we have tested the Xiaomi Redmi S2 and hope you enjoy the review. Let’s start with specifications of Xiaomi Redmi S2.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Specifications
|Xiaomi Redmi S2:||Specs|
|Display:||5.99 inches with 1440 x 720 pixels|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHz|
|Memory extension:||Not Supported|
|Cameras:||12.0MP + 5.0MP main and 16MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS|
|OS:||Android 8.1 (MIUI 9)|
|Connections:||Micro USB slot and 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Dimensions:||160.7 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm|
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Packaging and Unboxing
The delivery was from China, and the delivery time of the phone Xiaomi Redmi S2 was about 7 days, which is very good and fast.
In addition, the supplier GearBest provided a beautiful black case. Although in the complete set was already a transparent cover.
The box is red and in front, there is an inscription of model S2. On the back side, there is a specification.
Let’s open and see what’s inside, then we see the phone itself. Then he is followed by an envelope with documentation and a protective case. And from the bottom, we see this charger and micro USB cable.
In general, we liked the extra black case, it’s very nice touch. As for a budget phone of $150, this is an excellent packaging.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Design and Appearance
There are no processing defects with the Xiaomi Redmi S2 in our analisis. Although the 8.1 mm thin case evidently lacks some stability, as the back and chin area of the back is made of plastic caps, however, it does not flex as easily as the lower-priced Xiaomi Redmi 5.
The transitions to the “polar caps” are clean processed. Otherwise, the back offers a metallic back cover in which a dual camera and dual LED flash and a fingerprint sensor are embedded.
Unfortunately, the camera is quite far out of the case as with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which causes a wobble of the smartphone on the table and makes the camera vulnerable to scratches.
The volume rocker located on the right and the power button are made of metal and sit firmly in the housing.
On the left side, you will find the Dual Nano SIM Slot. From left to right, the jack port, the noise-canceling microphone, and the infrared sensor are located on the top.
With the latter, for example, you can control your TV if you do not have the remote control at hand.
The underside houses on the right side a powerful monaural speaker and in the middle a micro USB port. Yes, you are reading correctly.
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 also comes without the now usual USB Type-C port and we wonder why.
We thought the times of the old standard were numbered. Unfortunately, one does not seem to see it that way with Xiaomi.
The beautiful front (2.5D glass) generally dispenses with touch buttons but gives the user a front flash and a white status LED.
The LED front flash is located to the left of the receiver slot, the status LED on the far right. Of course, a front camera, which is also located to the right of the listener’s slot, should not be missing.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Display
Operation via the touchscreen is smooth and extremely accurate on the Xiaomi Redmi S2 in our test.
Colors are displayed very well and also the brightness and the contrast are at a high level.
The viewing angle stability is okay, but not perfect because at almost 90°, the colors then but a bit tilt.
Thanks to the 1440 x 720-pixels resolution, there is nothing to complain about when it comes to sharpness.
In spite of the display size, pixels are not visible even when you look closely. When it comes to sharpness, the look is the same as you would expect from standard 5.5 inches displays with HD resolution.
The edges of the display (bezels) are pleasantly thin with 3mm sides, the forehead area is about 9mm and the chin area is about 12mm Contrast, colors and of course, the brightness is as usual from Xiaomi still adjustable in the menu.
The display glass of the Xiaomi Redmi S2 in the review has a grease-resistant coating but is not very well protected from scratches.
During the one-week trial period, the China mobile has already gotten a few scratches and we had not even done the usual scratch test at that time.
A slightly harder key or even a zipper is enough to bring minor, superficial scratches in the display. We therefore strongly recommend a separate foil or even better a bulletproof glass.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Hardware and Performance
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 in the analisis is based on the Snapdragon 625 like some earlier Xiaomi smartphones.
Even if the chip is no longer the youngest, the hardware’s performance is still sufficient for everyday tasks, moderate multitasking, and occasional games.
The RAM reached 3GB and 32GB of storage, but there is no way to use external memory.
In the Antutu the Xiaomi Redmi S2 reaches 77,000 points. However, this higher score compared to previous Snapdragon 625 devices tested by us is not due to the Redmi S2, but is due to the latest Antutu release, which generally awards a larger score.
As for the other performance tests of Redmi S2, you can see below the pictures. In general, this is a good result for a budget smartphone with a Snapdragon 625 processor.
The everyday performance leaves no room for criticism. Apps are opened up to a dozen quick and fluent.
Common 3D games, despite the relatively weak GPU, can all be played smoothly to high to highest details. The heat development is moderate.
All installed sensors (see table) work properly. The fingerprint sensor also works reliably and, above all, very fast.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Software
Fortunately, since we were sent the current global version of the Xiaomi Redmi S2, we also have the Global Stable ROM (Android 8.0 base) on the device.
This means for the buyer not to have to remove annoying shop ROM (“International Version”) or even to find the China ROM Unpacking, turn on, go, so wishing it is the average consumer!
The system runs stable, fluid and as usual by Xiaomi without recognizable defects.
Anyone who has often been allowed to call a Xiaomi his own will find the interface familiar.
Setting options and features are massive and you even have some control over the look of the system.
Due to the relative size, this time also the one-hand mode is available. Keyboard and gesture shortcuts, as well as an optional Quickball are also part of the software inventory, as well as the customizable audio effects or the “Second Space” mode, which allows a separation of, for example, business and private.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Connectivity
The mobile reception of the Redmi S2 was in our test at any time good. Thanks to the support of Volume 20 LTE, LTE can also be used in rural areas, which noticeably increases coverage with the mobile Internet. Unexpected signal losses or call cancellations we had at no time.
Also regarding the WLAN, there is nothing to criticize. It is important to mention that the Xiaomi Redmi S2 does not support AC-WLAN.
This is claimed by most sides but is not the case. This is shown by our speed tests as well as the official datasheet of Xiaomi.
The DualBand a / b / g / n module reached 94Mbps in the 5GHz band in download and even at a distance of 5m to the router including a reinforced concrete wall in between, the data throughput drops only to about 82Mbps. In the 2.4GHz band, we achieved download rates of about 52Mbps.
This throughput did not drop as much as 5m from the router. The performance is therefore very good in the context of the specification.
In terms of GPS, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 does not dropouts. The signal is stable throughout and navigation over long distances worked perfectly in the test.
On average, 4-7 satellites are integrated for navigation. For navigation by pedes or by bike, the GPS is supported by the integrated compass and gyroscope. Changes of direction are recognized promptly.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Camera
The Xiaomi Redmi S2 has got two cameras installed. The main camera is an old acquaintance and came to us already with the Xiaomi Mi 5X Review. Others know the Mi 5X as Mi A1 with other software.
Anyway, the camera sensor is a 12MP Omnivision OV12A10 with a f/2.2 aperture and 5MP secondary sensor and also here are dual LED flash support. The front camera provides the 16MP sensor.
The main camera produces good imagery and proves that OmniVision can also provide excellent sensors.
Starting with the sharpness, there is rarely anything to criticize. Distant objects are still displayed in relative detail.
The triggering time is relatively short so that even moving objects are usually shown quite sharply.
In terms of colors, a lot has happened. While it was still hard to get saturated and realistic colors on the Mi 5X, this had already improved on the Mi A1 and now also on the Xiaomi Redmi S2 in this full review.
Xiaomi has probably turned on the software screw and a little power from the OmniVision.
It is also possible to adjust the color saturation a bit. HDR landscape shots look really good, especially when the sun is low.
Night scenes or recordings in absolute darkness can also be seen in this price segment. The Dual LED flash is sufficiently bright to illuminate nearby objects as well. Colors are well displayed and the sharpness is satisfying.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Battery
Xiaomi applies a 3080mAh battery for its Redmi S2 and keeps that promise. The screen-on time is at auto brightness at about 8 hours.
If you reduce the brightness manually to about 50%, the time should be extended again by 2-3 hours.
The bottom line is that you can get by with normal use quite 1.5-2 days without the power outlet. At least one day, even if games are involved.
A charge of 23% to 100% took just under 2.5 hours in standby mode with the original power supply.
It’s hard to talk about fast charging anymore. We strongly recommend a stronger PSU, which will support Quickcharge 3.0. So you can reduce the loading time by almost half.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Conclusions and Reviews
Xiaomi has done almost everything right again. The Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Global Version) in our review is a budget China phone that does not make the leap forward, away from the Redmi Note 4X, but we do not think that’s what Xiaomi wanted to achieve.
The Snapdragon 625 is almost too perfect in terms of mid-range performance paired with energy efficiency.
Why switch then, if he delivers so well in everyday life. We think that Xiaomi acted right. To stagnate performance, but to change another component.
The Redmi S2 is rock solid, costs about $200 from China relatively little and offers enough power.
If now the display would have been even less prone to scratches and instead of the Micro USB port a USB Type-C standard would be installed, then there would be nothing left to criticize. So buy recommendation? Clear!
Xiaomi Redmi S2: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
The phone Xiaomi Redmi S2 was only recently introduced, but already now you can buy it at good and attractive price for only $179.99 plus GREE Xiaomi Mi Band 3 SmartBand. In fact, this is a good option for a mid-range phone in 2018.