Another report from XDA Developers today matches what our source told us. Firmware files obtained by @FunkyHuawei reveal upcoming Mi smartphones codenamed “daisy_sprout” and “jasmine_sprout”. As the report points out, the suffix “sprout” signifies that the device is part of the Android One program as the Mi A1 had the codename “tissot_sprout”.
Among these, the jasmine_sprout device features many of the same specs as the recently launched Mi 6X.
As of now, Xiaomi has not revealed any details about new Android One phones for this year, however, we have written to Mi India for a confirmation or comment on the new Redmi S2. We will update our story as soon as we get a response from Mi India.
Since our sources claim that the upcoming devices will be launched next month, we expect the official announcement to come in the coming days.
In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 will feature a 6-inch 18:9 1440x720p display and will be available in three different RAM/storage variants – 2/16GB, 3/32GB, and 4/64GB. The device will feature a 3,000mAh battery, which will be powering the Snapdragon 625 SoC.
Despite being a budget device, the Redmi S2 will feature a dual camera setup on the back with a Sony 12MP sensor coupled with a Samsung 5MP sensor. On the front, the device will feature a 5MP selfie shooter from Samsung. The cameras on the device will include electronic image stabilization (EIS) and portrait mode, thanks to the dual camera setup. Additionally, the device will also feature a face unlock feature, which will make use of the 5MP front camera. The device will also include a microSD card slot for expansion.
MIUI and Battery Life
In terms of software, the Redmi S2 will run MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Coupled with the power-efficient Snapdragon 625 and the 3,000mAh battery, the Redmi S2 is expected to be quite the performer when it comes to battery life and the higher RAM variants might also be great for multitasking and gaming. Upon launch, the Redmi S2 will be available in 9 color variants, including White, Silver, Gray, Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, Red, and Pink.
Launch and Availability
While Xiaomi hasn’t released any information about the upcoming device yet, the company is expected to announce the device shortly as it has already passed TENAA certification. We are yet to get an official confirmation about a launch event for the S2, however, Xiaomi has just unveiled the Redmi 6X in China, which is a slightly beefier version of the Redmi S2 in terms of specs.