Xiaomi beats Samsung in India again: JioPhone still holds crucial spot


As per the list, Xiaomi is expected to unveil a new Mi S-series of smartphones - Xiaomi Mi S1, Mi S2, Mi S3 - alongside Redmi S1 and Redmi S3.

Xiaomi boosted its share of the India smartphone market to 30.3% in the first three months of 2018, up more than 3 percentage points from the previous quarter when it ousted South Korea's Samsung to take the market's crown, IDC said on Monday. Nearly every phone launched in China is also launched in India with some time gap and now it is expected too that the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will also launch the Redmi S2 smartphone in India. The company has posted a teaser video on its official Twitter handle that hints the launch date of the upcoming will be June 7. However, the smartphone could be launched in India with a different moniker under the Redmi Y series, maybe as Redmi Y2.

Xiaomi India vice president and managing director Manu Jain says, "All the success which Xiaomi enjoys today is proof of the love we have received from millions of our Mi fans". Redmi Y1 was launched in India in November at a starting price of Rs 8,999 for the 32GB variant, while the 4GB RAM version was priced at Rs 10,999. The aluminium unibody design is also familiar along with a circular fingerprint sensor placed on the back of the smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi S2 features a 5.99-inch HD+ LCD display. Xiaomi claims it's the best selfie camera in the entire Redmi series. It offered 12MP + 5MP dual cameras on the rear and a 16MP single camera on the front. The Xiaomi Redmi S2 is now ready with an affordable price and powerful specs.

Cameras to be the next area of focus?

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However, Xiaomi's latest phablet, Mi Mix 2S, which uses sensors from both Sony and Samsung, comes equipped with an AI engine that automatically chooses the shooting mode depending on what is in the viewfinder.

For the storage aspect, the 16GB model is supported by 2GB RAM and the 32GB counterpart is coupled with 3GB RAM.

On the other side of the spectrum, Xiaomi faces competition from Vivo and OPPO, who has captured young users with superior selfie phones. The Redmi S2 launched in China came with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box.

There is a triple card slot for adding two nano SIM cards and one MicroSD card.