Xiaomi made its mark in the mobile industry with its budget-friendly range of Android smartphones. The Chinese company continues to surprise everyone with yet another groundbreaking revelation in the form of the Xiaomi Redmi Go. Based on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition), the Redmi Go is a entry-level smartphone aimed at the budget consumer market.
Sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor, a 5-inch 16:9 LCD display, and a 3,000mAh battery, the Redmi Go is more than enough for anyone looking for an affordable, entry-level smartphone. The 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable internal memory may be insufficient for memory-intensive tasks like mobile gaming, but if you’re just looking to install a few important apps, browse the Internet, or use Facebook, the Redmi Go might fit your style.
In addition, the Xiaomi Redmi Go features an 8MP main camera and a 5MP selfie camera, so you can still enjoy clear shots without breaking the bank. And, of course, a smartphone would be useless without Internet connectivity. The Redmi Go supports WiFi as well as 4G/LTE.
If you’re not familiar with Android Go, it’s a stripped down version of Android and is optimized to run on entry-level smartphones with 512MB to 1GB of RAM. Google has also developed apps that perform better on low-end hardware and take up 50% less space. These apps include Google Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go, and Google Maps Go.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go will be available for pre-order on January 31 at Lazada. Both Xiaomi Philippines and Lazada have not revealed the official price for the device, but my guess is that it will cost less than 4,000 pesos. You can check out the product page here.
The Redmi Go is definitely one smartphone that you ought to buy if you’re a little bit strapped for cash or if you just don’t mind having a simple, functional phone without all the bells and whistles. I might consider buying it for use as a backup device when my main phone is unavailable. As with all purchases, the usual caveat is: you get what you pay for.
Redmi Go Specifications
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- Adreno 308 GPU
- 5-inch 16:9 LCD display with 1280 x 720 HD resolution
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD
- 8MP f/2.0 rear camera with LED flash
- 5MP f/2.2 front camera
- 3,000mAh battery
- Dual SIM
- 4G+/4G/LTE, WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition)