Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi Go will be available on Mi.com, Flipkart, and Mi Home in an open sale manner. The Redmi Go is the first Android Go phone from Xiaomi, and was launched in India last month.
Redmi Go price in India has been set at Rs. 4,499 for the 1GB RAM/ 8GB inbuilt storage variant. It will be available in an open sale manner in two colour variants – Black and Blue. The phone is available via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores.
REDMI GO DESIGN
The Redmi Go is a very plain-looking phone, but it feels like it’s much more expensive than it is. You wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s so affordable just by looking at it. The body is entirely plastic but there are no ugly seams or other signs of cost-cutting. The rear is nicely curved, and there’s no flex or any other sign of weakness.
On the front of the Redmi Go, we have a 16:9 rectangular screen with capacitive Android buttons below it, and thick borders all around. This feels like a bit of a throwback, since most budget phones today have moved to 18:9 or taller screens; many even with notches. There’s nothing wrong with any of this, of course. We only have one minor complaint, which is that the capacitive buttons aren’t backlit, making them a little hard to find in the dark.
The screen measures 5 inches diagonally, making it smaller than most low-cost phones today. Even with a lot of black plastic above and below the screen, the Redmi Go is fairly compact and very easy to use with one hand. The 137g weight is also well below today’s average. All of this is good news for people who don’t like how big and unwieldy many of today’s phones have become.
There are two trays on the left, one for a Nano-SIM and a microSD card, and the second for another Nano-SIM. This is interesting, seeing as how even some of Xiaomi’s higher-priced models have hybrid dual-SIM slots. The power and volume buttons are on the right. There’s a Micro-USB port on the bottom, along with a speaker grille, and you’ll find a 3.5mm headphones socket on the top. The single rear camera is perfectly flush with the back of this phone, which means the lens might be susceptible to scratches. One thing that’s missing is a notification LED.
The Redmi Go is available in plain black and a more vibrant blue finish. We were happy to note that fingerprint smudges were not too visible on our black review unit. We think that Xiaomi has designed this phone well, balancing cost-effectiveness with functionality. First-time smartphone users shouldn’t feel too daunted, and those replacing an older budget phone won’t be pulled out of their comfort zones.
REDMI GO SPECIFICATIONS
Considering its price, the Redmi Go has two main things going for it – its processor and its screen. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC is now quite dated, but it keeps popping up in new phones. It has been common in phones priced at around usd.101 – 144 of late, including the Infinix Hot 6 Pro (Review), 10.or D2 (Review), and Nokia 2.1. Samsung even launched its Galaxy J6+ (Review) with this processor at late last year. The Snapdragon 425 has four low-power Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1.4GHz and the weak Adreno 308 integrated GPU.
The screen of the Redmi Go surprised us because of its 720×1280 resolution. It wasn’t too long ago that the best we could hope for at this level was 480×854 or 540×960-pixel panels. At 5 inches, this screen is quite sharp. While colours are a bit muted, viewing angles are very good.
On the other hand, it’s disappointing to have only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. That little RAM might be okay for the optimised Android Go UI, but a lot of apps will demand more. As for storage, the dedicated microSD card slot will let you add up to 128GB of storage, but that 8GB of internal storage will fill up very quickly. During our review process, we couldn’t even have all our standard benchmarking apps and test files on the phone at the same time.
You get a 3000mAh battery, which should be fine since there’s no hardware to stress this phone. Quick charging is not supported. You can have insert two 4G SIM cards, but only one of them will be able to work on a 4G network at any point. There’s single-band Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio, and even GPS.