Xiaomi has been stirring things up quite a bit in the rumor mill lately. As promised, the Mi 6X/ Mi A2 was unveiled on April 25, but the event notably skipped over any details, regarding the eagerly-anticipated Redmi S2 handset. After a few rumors, followed by the obligatory trips to TENAA and the 3C certification authority, it's pretty clear the budget device is well on its way to a release.
That might just be sooner than we though, since pre-production units seem to already be floating about in the open. In this particular case, a source out of the Czech Pepublic, appears to offer high-resolution photos and detailed specs on the still unofficial device.
Confirming previous leaks, the Redmi S2 is equipped with an 5.99-inch, 18:9, IPS display, rocking a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, or HD+. It is powered by the tried, true and efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
The dual rear camera setup, arranged in the new Xiaomi vertical fashion, consists of a 12MP main snapper and a 5MP secondary one. No word on the selfie from the new source. But previous leaks hint at a 16MP unit. One notable mismatch in the new info is the battery capacity. The Czech site claims their unit has a 4,205 mAh sealed-in pack. Quite an improvement over the previously suggested 3,000 mAh.
Other details about the Redmi S2 include an Android 8.1, Oreo ROM, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and 3.5mm audio jack. The latter two are clearly visible on some of the hands-on shots and so is the dated microUSB connector, Xiaomi is unfortunately still sticking with.
Speaking of the photos, the unit they showcase is clearly a pre-production one, as evident by the markings on the front and back. Apparently, the source has some affiliation with a Xiaomi store, opening for business in the Czech Republic today. That seems like a viable enough explanation as to where the device came from, although we are still not entirely sure the owners won’t get into trouble for the early reveal.
Regardless, we get to see the Redmi S2 up close as well. Plus, the source also features an invitation to attend the store's grand opening in Prague today and potentially even see the Redmi S2 unit in person. There should also be promotions and special offers on location. If you happen to be be nearby, it might be worth checking out.
Update: The source has corrected the battery capacity back down to 3,080 mAh.
Could this device have the heavily rumoured Surge S2 chipset? Because, otherwise, why would Mi enter a new naming series for this device which can easily pass off as a Redmi Note or so?