Updated on 2019-03-28 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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It was last year during Google I/O that Google released its much lighter version of Android aka Android Go. The whole idea behind release Android Go was not to provide users with a slimmed down Android version but planed at delivering the best Android experience to users on smartphones with limited hardware. Since then companies like HMD global owned Nokia and others have tried to penetrate into a market of consumers that would be interested in a phone running Android Go. However, they have not been quite successful due to the use of not so good hardware.
Enter Redmi Go from Xiaomi. The latest Android Oreo Go addition phone from Xiaomi. Is the Redmi Go a refined version of the mistakes made by its competitors or is it just another Android Go phone trying to make a hype amongst the public? Read on to find out.
Let’s first learn about the internals of the phone. The Redmi Go runs on the Snapdragon 425 from Qualcomm which is a quad-core processor running at 1.4Ghz coupled with the Adreno 308 for graphics. Apart from this, it comes with either 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage or 1GB Ram and 16GB internal storage. This setup is not the most powerful one but considering that it runs on Android Go it is able to handle things pretty smoothly. Day to day task like the opening of apps and running basic phone animations should be a breeze but users again the users using this phone would not be playing PUBG or Asphalt 9 on it.
The software on board is basically Android Oreo which is been watered down to be used in phones with lesser hardware specs. Like we have mentioned before in the introduction that this build of Android is not for the power user. Its main purpose is to serve phones with absolute low specs to run smoothly. However, Xiaomi has still added a few of their apps apart from which the Built of Android Go is pretty much Stock.
The Phone comes with a 3000mAh battery and this is actually a decent capacity for the kind of audience this phone is meant for. Xiaomi claims a standby time of 10 days and up to 12 hours of call time with 78 hours of music playback and a total of 5 hours of video playback. In day to day usage, this phone gives a backup of around 1.5 days.
Upfront the phone has an old 16:9 aspect ratio screen topping out at 5 inches with a resolution of HD 1280x720p. Now, this obviously is not the most pixel-rich screen but again a person who is going to buy this phone isn’t really going to pixel peep into the display. Overall the screen quality is fine for the money that’s going to be invested.
The build of the phone is also pretty much what is expected out of a phone at this price. It is made out of complete plastic with the power and volume rockers to the left. The secondary mic and headphone jack on the top. The SIM card and micro SD card in one slot while a secondary sim slot is also available in another port. With finally the micro USB port the speaker grill and the primary microphone to the bottom.
Finally, we come to the camera department where we see a single 8MP F2.0 shooter at the back as the primary camera coupled with a single LED flash. Now on paper, the camera looks decent again for the price nothing special. This camera is capable of shooting up to 1080p videos. To the front, we have a 5MP F2.2 selfie camera. The camera performance is below average in low light conditions and is fine in well lit outdoor conditions.
Now we finally come to the price of the phone and who is this phone for.
The Redmi go has been listed on Flipkart for an introductory price of Rs. 4499 for the 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM variant. Why do we say introductory? This is because the original price of the phone is Rs. 5999. No price had been disclosed on the 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM variant. But our guesses are that it will be priced at about rupees 6999.
Now answering the big question, who is this phone for? To which our answer is somebody who is absolutely on a tight budget and cannot spend a buck more. For that what your getting is a pretty decent phone. Otherwise what we think is this that the Redmi GO is just not worth the price.
Now, what do we mean by that?
After the introductory offer on the phone is over the listed price tag of rupees 5999 is what Xiaomi would be selling this phone for. Fun fact do you know which other smartphone sells for the same price from Xiaomi themselves? The answer is the Redmi 6A.
However, the Redmi 6A is a completely different beast in itself. It has literally everything better than the Redmi Go. For 5999 the Redmi 6A offers double the RAM double at 2GB double the storage at 16GB. It has a way better and modern display and has a better resolution at 18:9 and 1440x720p. A way better processor with the MediaTek Helio A22. The camera is also way superior to the Redmi Go at 13MP primary and a 5MP selfie shooter. The biggest features are this that the Redmi 6A runs on full-fledged Android 8.1 as compared to the Go version on the Redmi Go.
We are not trying to put a comparison up here. It’s just that it is extremely necessary for you to understand the difference in what the 2 phones are offering for the same price.
To sum everything up we can say this again that if you are in an extremely tight budget Redmi Go is the way to go. For the price, it’s a decent phone. However, if you could shed that 1500 extra bucks you would get a much better proposition with the 6A or you can get Asus Zenfone Lite L1 which sells for around 5000 during a sale on Flipkart and comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
If you would like to read the reviews given by customers who bought Redmi Go, check out the links below
The best price of Redmi Go is around Rs. 4299. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below
Go for Redmi Go only if you have a tight budget of Rs. 4500. If you can spend 500 more, get the Asus Zenfone Lite L1 which is available for 4999 on Flipkart after every few days or go for Redmi 6A which will cost you around Rs. 6000. Both these phones have 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and offer much better performance and value for money as well.