OnePlus owns 50% of India's premium smartphone market share

Katie Ramirez
May 14, 2018

For the selfie camera, the smartphone has a 16 MP front-facing selfie camera with a selfie flash. The smartphone maker is also expected to launch its new online exclusive series under the brand "Realme". The formal teaser doesn't reveal any details about the model but specifies that the handset will be the "best selfie smartphone". In any case, the Redmi Y1 was launched past year as a selfie-driven gadget, and there are chances wherein Xiaomi may launch the Redmi S2 as Redmi Y2.

Research agency IDC said Xiaomi has retained its lead in the India smartphone market in the first quarter of 2018 - pushing Samsung. In China, the base model is priced at RMB 999 (Rs 10500 approx.) and the other one is priced at RMB 1,299 (Rs 13800 approx.).

Moreover, back when the Redmi Y1 was going to be announced and Xiaomi had started building similar hype, Manu Kumar Jain, MD of Xiaomi India and Global VP of Xiaomi had tweeted "Brace yourself, the best selfie smartphone is coming soon!"

The teaser confirms that the soon to be launched smartphone will be a part of Redmi's Y series.

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However, it isn't yet known whether these items will be available to buy or if you'll have to be lucky with loot boxes. Also, a new version of the title will release alongside the event, called the " Legendary Edition ".

The Redmi S2 seems to be a gradual extension of the Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite launched in India past year, although Xiaomi isn't saying if the two are related in any way. In a nutshell, the Xiaomi S2 will be a Frankenstein of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi 5. The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite were launched in November and were the first "selfie-centric" devices from the company. The Redmi S2 gets its strength from decent 3,080 mAh battery and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system wrapped under MIUI 9. The Redmi S2 will come in three colour options: Rose gold, Champagne Gold and Platinum Silver. The smartphone is powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. "It sports a 5.99" HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) 18:9 display with a 70.8 percent NTSC color gamut. It offers 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD.

In terms of camera capability, the smartphone has a dual primary camera setup with a 12 MP primary sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor.

For connectivity, the dual-SIM phone supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS.

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