Mi Nepal recently launched the selfie-centric Xiaomi Redmi S2 in Nepal. The Redmi S2 is new of its kind focused in selfie a budget device with features like face unlock and dual cameras. Other highlights of the smartphone include the 18:9 display, the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, runs on Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 9.5 and mainly a 16MP front camera with Smart beauty feature. Despite having such good highlights, the smartphone is still not a good purchase here in Nepal. Here are the 5 reasons why we think you should not buy the all-new Xiaomi Redmi S2.
1. Display Resolution
The display on the Xiaomi Redmi S2 is just simply not up to the mark. The 18:9 display surely has a new look modern and catches attention. But the display is not bright enough at outdoor conditions and the colours are not punchy enough. Even the display is not full HD display with the resolution of only 720 x 1440 pixels is only an HD+. In simple terms, the display on the device is “okay” but not good.
Talking about the processor the processor used in Redmi S2 is Snapdragon 625 SoC which has Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. It has Adreno 506 GPU inside it. This is the same processor used in Redmi note 4 and Mi A1. This is actually not bad but with the newer generation of more featured and more optimized processors, this is not the best choice to go out for.
Making it a budget device Xiaomi has cut some corners in cameras as well. Directly looking the MP count is equal to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI with a dual 12MP + 5MP but quality differs a lot. Redmi S2 Lacks Sharpness and has fewer details in its picture. Even HDR form this device did not look that good. Here are some sample shots from Xiaomi Redmi S2
4. Plastic Body
The build quality of Xiaomi Redmi s2 is really not that good the phone is made of the plastic body. Making the device feel cheap, less durable with no premium feel and they stain with scratches a lot. Even heat management is not good with plastic phones making the phone run slower comparatively to metal build. Also, looking at the build it is very unlikely that the smartphone will be able to handle drops.
The main Factor to not recommending the Xiaomi Redmi S2 is its Price. Xiaomi Redmi S2 Price In Nepal is Rs.26,999.00 for 4/64GB variant. This price range in Nepal is quite disturbing when you can catch other alternatives. The best one is Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI when Mi Nepal is already offering Redmi Note 5 AI 3+32GB for Rs.25999 and Redmi Note 5 AI 4+64GB for Rs.29999, which has a better processor, camera, battery life, display and build quality, Adding Rs.3000 will get you all this. Even if you are low on budget Redmi Note 5 AI 3+32GB for Rs.25999 is the best alternative to get. The only thing you will miss is 16 mp selfie camera.