Xiaomi today announced its first Android Go smartphone. Launched under the Redmi sub-brand, Xiaomi's latest entry-level offering brings the efficiency of Android Go to its value for money hardware. The Redmi Go has been priced at €80 (approximately ₹6,500) which might be slightly expensive given the specifications of the device.
The Redmi Go seems like a blast from the past with its 5-inch HD resolution display with 16:9 aspect ratio and chunky bezels. The device runs on Google's Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) that is a barebones version of the full Android 8.1 Oreo release. It comes preloaded with apps like Gmail Go and YouTube Go that focus on using the bare minimum resources, whether it is about the memory/storage or data.
While Xiaomi's smartphones (across the Mi, Redmi and Poco brands) generally offer great value for money, this generally hasn't been the case with the company's stock Android smartphones. The Redmi Go's specifications further hammer this point home, as it doesn't seem to compete well with other devices like the Asus ZenFone Live L1, which also features an 18:9 display and a higher resolution rear camera.
Powering the Redmi Go is the Snapdragon 425 chipset, which is paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, with an option to expand it using a microSD card. In comparison, the Redmi 6A at ₹6,999 gets you 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage at a marginally higher price.
The Redmi Go comes with an 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP camera on the front. The fingerprint sensor is also nowhere to be seen. The phone is powered by a 3,000mAh battery.
The Redmi Go has been priced at €80 and will be available in the Europe and Philippines starting in February. Wider pricing and availability details are not known yet.