Are you searching for your first smartphone? Is it difficult for you to transition from feature phones to smartphones?
Not anymore! Xiaomi has simplified this for you by developing its first-ever smartphone with Android Oreo, the Redmi Go. Now, most of you would be thinking, since it features an advanced android system; therefore, it will be expensive as compared to other Xiaomi releases so far.
Well, you are highly mistaken. Although it has an advanced system, still Xiaomi has succeeded in keeping its price tag below ₹4,500. In fact, it is the cheapest smartphone ever released by it. Shocking, isn’t it?
Apart from the android system, you need to thoroughly analyze your chosen phone’s other features and specifications as well, such as its camera, storage, RAM, display and battery life. We did the testing so you don’t have to with your hard-earned money, and compiled our experience below:
Xiaomi Redmi Go
After reading its price, most of you would be thinking that its design would be on the cheaper side to justify its cost. Nope, you got it wrong! They didn’t skimp on the design.
Xiaomi made sure that Redmi Go’s body is sturdy and compact. The phone has a brushed aluminum finish on the back, which makes it look expensive than what its actual price is. Furthermore, it has an aluminum alloy chassis.
However, if you are a fan of sleek and thin designs that this model isn’t for you. It is hefty, and weighs around 137g, with a thickness of 8.4mm.
Now, coming towards its aesthetics, its back panel provides easy grip, thanks to the curved edges. In addition to this, the front camera, speaker and touch keys are placed in bezels at the top and bottom side.
The volume keys are on the right side; whereas, the SIM and SD card slots are on the left. Apart from this, it has the USB 2.0 charging slot on the bottom and earphone jack of 3.5 mm on the top.
As mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Redmi Go is a rather inexpensive phone; therefore, it doesn’t have a widescreen with subtle bezels as most of you would prefer. It has an aspect ratio of 16:9 with a screen length of 5 inches having an HD display (1280×720 pixels).
Xiaomi made sure that Redmi Go is sturdy and durable by adding an extra layer of display protection made from 2.5D glass. This makes sure that your phone doesn’t end cracked up or worse in case of slippage or any other such incident.
While we were reviewing it, we noticed that its display colors were better than what we had expected them to be. Furthermore, it has a night light and ambient display, a luxury in such an inexpensive phone.
In our opinion, although Xiaomi has compromised on the screen size in Redmi Go, its engineers have balanced it out with other features, which are more essential in a smartphone. For instance, what would you do with a large screen if it breaks at its very first fall? Mind you, screen replacements can be a heavy burden on your pocket.
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Camera, no doubt, is one of the most sought-after features in smartphones, and it is generally the first spec checked by the prospective buyers before spending their hard-earned money. All those who are eyeing the Xiaomi Redmi Go won’t be disappointed by its camera, which, in our opinion, is worth the phone’s price.
It has an 8MP rear camera, which captures decent images in well-lit environments such as outdoors. During the testing, it successfully captured maximum details with true colors. The autofocus also managed to capture a reasonable shot of a moving object. However, we were disappointed by its performance in low-light areas. Furthermore, the landscape shots also weren’t as good as we hoped them to be.
It has a 5MP front camera, which also offers the beauty option to capture good-looking selfies. All in all, it might not be the best camera for regular smartphone users, but first-timers would be pretty satisfied with it.
Xiaomi Redmi Go isn’t the best phone to play heavy-duty games such as PUBG as its RAM is limited to 1 GB. During our testing, it even failed to smoothly run the Asphalt 8 Airborne, which might be a bummer for a lot of you, but it doesn’t pose any issues in the regular day-to-day activities, such as browsing, emailing or social media.
It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 Quad-core Processor, a regular in other Xiaomi phones as well, such as the Redmi 4A. As far as storage is concerned, it allows you to store up to 8 GB of data. You can increase the storage to up to 128 GB through a microSD card.
Xiaomi Redmi Go has a decent battery of 3000 mAh, which lasts up to 24 hours in normal usage. We also did an intensive usage test, during which we continuously played heavy-duty games (a limited number as its RAM wasn’t very supportive), streamed YouTube videos and scrolled through the social media feed to check the battery backup.
We are both surprised and happy to report that the battery lasted for more than 12 hours. To be honest, we weren’t expecting much from such an inexpensive smartphone; therefore, it was a pleasant surprise.
As far as the charging is concerned, Xiaomi Redmi Go comes with a 5V-1A charger, which charged it to 100% in 2 hours and 14 minutes. Looks like you have to be patient to get it fully charged.
Xiaomi Redmi Go has the lowest price among the smartphones released by Xiaomi in India. It is retailing at slightly variable prices on different web stores, with the lowest at ₹4,499 and the highest at ₹5,290.
After testing the Xiaomi Redmi Go, we inferred that it has numerous noteworthy features, which makes it stand out among its counterparts in the similar price range. However, it also has a few setbacks, but it’s the most that you can get in an inexpensive yet decently designed smartphone.
We were disappointed by its limited RAM, and built-in storage, which doesn’t support heavy-duty games such as PUBG and at times, Asphalt 8. Furthermore, the mediocre camera performance in low-light environments was a bummer as well. In spite of all these drawbacks, we can’t complain a lot due to its affordable price tag.
- On the other hand, it has numerous advantages as well, such as a 3000 mAh battery and Android Oreo, which isn’t the latest, but still an advanced android system. If you are someone who is transitioning from a feature phone to a smartphone, then this is a good choice for you.
- However, if you are someone who intends to play heavy-duty games, or capture superior quality images and videos, then Xiaomi Redmi Go isn’t the best option for you.
- 3000 mAh battery
- Sturdy and compact body
- An extra layer of display protection made from 2.5D glass
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB built-in storage
- The camera doesn’t capture high-quality images in low-light
- Graphics-intensive games aren’t supported
This is our take on the new Xiaomi Redmi Go, released a few months back. It is a good package at an affordable price for someone who requires a smartphone for normal day-to-day activities. If you have used it, then let us know your experience in the comments below. Don’t forget to share the pros and cons that you’ve noticed so far. It’s always enlightening to read and compare our beloved readers’ opinions with our results.