Redmi Go is Xiaomi’s most affordable phone launched in India till date. As the ‘Go’ moniker suggests, the phone has been build in partnership with Google and runs the lighter version of Android which is Android Go with a lighter set of Go Apps that are supposed to run better on the low-end hardware.
It’s been a while since we came across a 16:9 display aspect ratio phone, so to us the Redmi Go appears, well, dated. This wasn’t particularly off-putting, though. Given the choice, we’d rather have a higher resolution than a modern aspect ratio screen.
The Redmi Go offers HD resolution, which is to say that the screen is sharper than what you’d get on other analogous Go phones. Other display related aspects bear the brunt of cost-cutting. Colors are off and outdoor visibility isn’t much to write home about.
As for photography, the Redmi Go includes an 8MP (f/2.0) rear and a 5MP (f/2.2) selfie snapper. Suffice to say, the cameras are much better than what you’d get on regular feature phones, but there is only so much you can expect in terms of camera quality at this price point.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 chipset, coupled with a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.4GHz forms the beating heart of the Redmi Go. It is backed by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage which can further be expanded by up to 128GB via microSD card. There’s a dedicated microSD card slot on the Redmi Go which is a welcome addition.
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.
This is a very basic phone and may take the place of your feature phone. It may be a better option for those looking for a calling device. The battery is good and is good for basic uses. The PUBG and other heavy games won’t install in this. So another good device for your grandparents maybe or those who would not use it all day rather than calling and music.